Hobbits love to snack, get cozy in their little houses and go on great adventures that involve hide and seek—remind you of anyone? Since kids are just one step removed from hobbits, it’s easy and incredibly fun to convince them to be one for the day. Read on for our eight best tips for making hobbit life a habit.

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1. Eat second breakfast.

Hobbits like to eat. A lot. Hobbit mealtimes include breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses and on and on. Try serving “two” breakfasts. Just divide up the meal a bit, like oatmeal or pancakes for first breakfast and a smoothie or just a banana as second breakfast. If they are heading off to school, give them a second breakfast snack to munch on the way. If you want to be elaborate, lay out a feast for dinner or after-school. Hobbits love to feast. Try out a few adorable woodland creature snacks, like Cup of Sugar’s adorable caprese mushrooms.

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2. Sneak around.

Hobbits are very quiet when they walk through the forest, thanks to their furry little feet. Draw some fur on a pair of socks; tape or glue a bit of faux fur to socks or just don a pair of furry slippers. Shuffle quietly around the house. This is a great way to get the kiddos to calm their bodies (if you can get them to stop giggling about their furry feet).

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3. Find the ring.

Set up a quest to find the ring! If you’ve got a ring pop on hand, that will work, or use a piece of costume jewelry or a toy ring on a chain. You can also make one out of gold washi tape to be sure it shines. Now, hide the ring in the house and offer clues to its location, written or verbal. If you want to be totally authentic, have the kiddos solve a few riddles along the way.

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4. Be invisible.

The magic ring holds the power of invisibility so anyone who wears it can use the power. Take turns being invisible: in other words try for a serious game of hide and seek. You can also see how far or close kids can get to each other without being “seen.” For your littles, have them put on the ring and then notice how you “can’t” see them, even when they walk right past you.

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5. Talk to the trees.

Hobbits can converse with all manner of woodland dwellers, including—of course—Treebeard, a magical being who looks more or less like a talking tree. Honor his wisdom with a simple art project. Have your hobbits draw a tree on one side of the paper and write down (or dictate) what the tree is saying to them on the other side of the paper. Be sure and take your time with this one because Treebeard’s creed is, “Do not be hasty.”

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6. Get your Gandalf on.

Hobbits have a major friend in the magic business: Gandalf the Grey (or White!). He’s a magical beard-o who rides a horse named Shadowfax. Get in touch with your inner Gandalf by practicing magic.

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

7. Dragon-ology

Bilbo Baggins, head hobbit, is sent on a quest by 13 dwarves to try and steal the treasure from Smaug, a fearsome dragon. Have some crafty dragon-themed fun with one of these 10 easy dragon projects, like the creepy-cool dragon’s eyes above.

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8. Make a hobbit house.

“In a hole, there lived a hobbit…” These half-under ground homes have a signature feature: a rounded door. Try painting an oatmeal lid to look like a door and sinking it into your fairy garden. Or get into it by recreating Bag End in bonsai like Chris Guise from bonsaiempire.com. Click here to learn more and see additional inspired fairy and elfin designs.

If you want to go next-level, check out these plans for a hobbit playhouse we can’t stop fantasizing about.

How are your kids like hobbits? Tell us their habits in a comment below. 

—Amber Guetebier & Dolores Guetebier

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