Rock Houses for Imaginative Nature Play

Date :
March 26, 2022

Tap into Imaginative Nature Play with Rock Houses

It’s been a long summer holidays, hasn’t it? While we’ve all been looking forward to more predictable routines with the return of school, this summer will be one to remember. For many of us, it’s been staying home to avoid catching COVID or quarantining because we did catch it. Either way, we’ve spent even more time at home which can be lonely and boring.  

Tapping into our imagination through reading or story telling is a way to escape the “sameness” of being at home. Creating a town or mini house and immersing into imaginative play can be relaxing and also helps build creative skills.  

These Rock Houses are a craft kids can make using rocks from the garden. Inspired by the dwellings May Gibbs created for her Gumnut Babies, the rock houses can be the backdrop of new stories and imaginations.  

Materials for Rock Houses

  • Rock Houses Craft materialsRocks 
  • Dark green leaves from the garden 
  • Blue-Tack or sticky tape 
  • Paint 
  • Thin Paintbrush 




Step 1: Gather rocks which can sit upright when placed on the ground. Select a smooth surface of the rock and paint a door and windows.   

Step 2: Once happy with your exterior house design, add two dobs of Blue-tack to each end of the rock.  

Rock Houses Craft Steps

Step 3: Secure a leaf to each Blue-tack end to create the roof. 

Step 4: Create a village of rock houses for imaginative play outside. 

Imagine having these rocks outside, ready to play for new stories and adventures. You can use small dolls, fairies or figurines (Lego) as inhabitants of your new rock houses.  

Other Rock Crafts

Aussie Bush Rock Weaving 

Jump on the Rock Drop Craze! Painted Rock Craft Project 


May Gibbs CraftCrafty Bec
Crafty Bec is here to help stimulate little imaginations and spark a creative flame in little people. Inspired by May Gibbs’ own passion for creative writing and art, Bec helps educators and mums to embrace nature inspired creativity.