Holiday Home – Shanty Town

shanty:   A roughly built, often ramshackle cabin; a shack.  (

After a ‘forget-your-head’ busy term (more here), my boys have been relishing The Holidays; a chance to be at home almost 24/7, and throw themselves into a couple of projects. (There is, of course, also a large proportion of time spent reading!)

During the term, the boys scratched around collecting materials and making false-starts on a cubby house. Day One of The Holidays they began in earnest.

To you, it might look like a pile of tin – maybe even a precariously placed pile of rubbish. But I can assure you that this is a planned and executed labour of love. A dwelling. A home for dreams and determination. A shanty. And despite appearances, it really is quite secure – though it wouldn’t stand firm in a cyclone/hurricane! It is also still very much a work in progress, with these photos taken on four separate occasions – including one night where they did in fact ‘sleep’ out, though not much sleep was had by all…

Free play is so very valuable for kids.  It unleashes creativity and nurtures problem-solving skills. It also fosters independence, and persistence. Sometimes it breeds organised (and disorganised) chaos – but truly, the benefits do outweigh the negatives. I remind myself of this often!

Maybe these boys are budding architects, builders or interior decorators… (See their tree house project here.)

Maybe having a pigsty over the paddock will help them keep their room tidy!

Maybe they’re just two boys having fun and keeping out of mischief.

You think? 😉


  1. Hey Kat

    Firstly – wahoo for letting boys be boys.

    My boys are known for creating a cubby from their room to the dining room table with sheets, blankets and anything else they can find, and it is always fun – so I can only imagine what a blast yours had with the real materials! LOVE their bunk beds!

    Shanty town??? Surely not – Ironclad-holiday-housing-development! ( hehe…)

    Bye 4 now


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