This enormous ficus tree was the centerpiece of our rental. It provided shade for all of us during the heat of the day and a tree house that occupied the kids for hours on end. It had a swing on one side, a zipline on the other, a pulley in the middle, and gigantic leaves that became fodder for many inventions.
The first invention was a boat that Oliver made by folding the ends up and securing them with toothpicks. The boat was fantastic looking but sank...that disappointed Oliver but he recovered quickly by tranforming it into a space ship! Sadly, I neglected to photograph that one but I did manage to get pictures of some of his other creations, many of which inspired the rest of the kids to join in the crafting. Among the projects were face masks, arm bands, and toothpick puppets.