Den fun

Build an outdoor den: is your class ready for the challenge?

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  • > Good for ages: 5 - 7
  • > Supports: PSHE, Personal development and mutual understanding, Health and Wellbeing, The world around us
  • > Time needed: 1 lesson

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a) Collect together sheets and blankets to make dens outside. Chairs, canes and clothes pegs are also needed and mats to sit on if the ground is not dry or comfortable.

b) Make dens outside for groups to go into. Leave plenty of ventilation! A simple way to make a den is to place canes (or any long sticks) across two lines of chairs then drape sheets over. Hold these in place with clothes pegs.

c) An exciting activity is to create an outdoor giant den on grass to tell stories and do activities in with the whole class. One way to do this is to use twenty 8-foot garden canes, some strong rubber bands, clothes pegs and 6 to 10 large sheets (of light fabric).

See the downloadable activity sheet ‘Den Fun’ for instructions and diagrams showing how to make a giant den for your whole class!