Playing dens

playing dens

A strange new habitat has appeared in our playroom – what could it be?

how to make a den

Secret surveillance cameras reveal signs of life – glimpses of the wild creatures inside.

playing cubbys

Special cameras attached to the animals allow us to penetrate deep into the burrow, where no adults may enter.

kids photos

The footage reveals that, deep underground, these creatures like to play…

a den

…and sleep in four poster beds.

B says ‘playing dens is our favourite thing ever’. I say a whole day’s worth of happy, imaginative play is well worth having a messy room to tidy.

If your children love dens (or forts or cubbies) too, they might like the ideas in B’s guide to building dens.

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happily shared with abcand123 and we play and  the learning laboratory and  link and learn and  preschool corner and  it’s playtime


    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Natalie, it’s funny you say that because at one point I thought they wanted me to join them – I think I would have got stuck! – but actually they just wanted to steal my camera for some inside shots.

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Ooh JDaniel4’s Mom, sounds like you’re working on your aversion to mess! I bet JDaniel had fun in his fort.

  1. says

    Oh that’s not a mess! lol – I was expecting paint and water all over :) lol this is a CLEAN mess!! But I absolutely love it, it reminds me of me being a child and am so excited for that time when my kids start doing this!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Jamie, I shall accept that as a challenge – next time I’ll really show you a messy mess!

  2. says

    I love this – I can’t wait until we sell our house so we can make big long messes … wait I mean big play dens!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Allie -It must be driving you crazy while you wait to move. Hope you sell soon!

  3. says

    I love that you embrace the mess! I have a split personality when it comes to mess. At home, my mess tolerance is low. At preschool – anything goes :) With 2 boys at home, I have had to learn to take deep breathes and let it go!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Jenny – it’s interesting that you have two tidyness modes. I work from home so it’s all or nothing here – but I do like having a tidy sitting room to retreat to each evening :)

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Nicole, I totally agree. It was so wonderful to watch them playing – worth all the tidying up :)

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