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Build a den with your children

Picture of den in the woods

What’s the Idea?

Build a den with your children, at home or outside, and discover the fun.

This is a perfect rainy or sunny day activity and one which is fantastic for encouraging your child’s creativity and developing certain skills.

What’s the story

Who doesn’t love to build a den?

Whether outside or in the house on a rainy day? 

It’s fun, creative and is brilliant for fuelling your child’s imagination.

This is a fun activity for children of all ages, whether they are young or old. 

My little ones are 4 and 2 years old and they need help making a den, but they love getting involved. 

And it allows them to express their own creativity while having a say in how they want their den to look.

Let your children’s imaginations run wild!

People should do this because…?

It’s great fun to build a den; it gets your children using their imagination, as well as honing their fine and gross motor skills.

If you want a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy, look no further than building a den! 

Everyone can get involved and the finished result will give your children a fun space that is ‘just for them’, which they can adorn with toys and games.

Some older children may even want to build a den outside in the garden for sleepovers with friends – making them feel very grown-up!

How do you do it?

You can build a den anyway you and your children like.  The decision is entirely up to you, so the only limit is your imagination!

Whether you simply use cushions and blankets in a sitting room or a proper den building set, the possibilities really are endless!

If you are building inside, try and ensure you have something high to hang blankets on, such as a chair of the back of a sofa.

If you are hanging things outside, make sure you are using something sturdy to carry the weight.  You do not want your den collapsing!

Stuff you may need

  • Den Building Sets are available, although not essential.
  • Cushions.
  • Blankets.
  • Wood and branches (outside).
  • Whatever takes yours (and your child’s fancy!).

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