Den building is a fun, exciting activity for children, sparking their imagination and helping them to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills. They’ll also love their new ‘secret spot’ where they can hide out and play!
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Once the children have decided what they want their den to be, get them to dress up and play pretend. They'll have hours of fun!
- Old sheets and blankets
- Clothes pegs
- Cushions and pillows
About the activity
Help the children to choose where to build their den. If you’re making a den in the garden, perhaps peg sheets to tree branches to create a makeshift tent, and lay blankets and cushions on the ground so that it’s extra‐cosy. You could also provide some activities for the children to enjoy inside – some pens and paper, a pile of books, boardgames etc.
If you’re making an indoor den, two or three chairs can provide the perfect structure, or a large table with a sheet over it. Children will love being part of the building process, so why not get them to help? What ideas do they have?
Encourage them to talk about what their den might be, too. A fort? A spaceship? An underground cavern? Let their den transport them to their own world of exciting imaginative play!