How to build a simple den with kids

How to Make a Den

You know when you see something so simple and genius and have to share…….

As a child I spent hours building Dens which we call Forts in Canada

We went to Lollibop UK last weekend at Hatfield House in Herts, a lot of it was targeted at younger children but we noticed an area on the map for Den Building and Bear Grylls Survival which we thought would be great for slightly older children.  We eventually found ‘ Den City’ (clever name) tucked behind the main tent.  My initial reaction was ‘is that it?’ as it was just a series of ropes tied to the trees.

Den Building for Small Gardens

But boy was I wrong, the girls aged 6 and 7 were supplied with a series of sheets and clothes pegs.  The girls were completely engaged and spent a good hour or hour and a half building dens.

How to build a den

I was inspired and have now hit the local charity shops for sheets and curtains, Wilkos for clothes pegs and the local DIY shop for some rope and tent pegs.  We now have a basket of den building supplies, perfect for keeping kids entertained during the school holidays.  Our garden is tiny but we do have a tree so this should work a treat.  I’m all up for anything that gets the kids outside and develops their imagination.

Win tickets to a Kid’s Festival in August!

Thanks to the lovely people at Lollibop I have a family ticket (4 people) to give away on the blog (value £80) for the Festival on the 5th, 6th and 7th of August in Regents Park.  We’re gutted we can’t go as we will be at a family reunion in Canada but it looks like a great day out.  We had a sneak preview last month.   It’s a mini Glastonbury for kids!

If that doesn’t tempt you, here is a video.


As always I like to make my competitions as simple as possible.

1.) To enter all you need to do is reply in the comments section of this post describing your child/children in one word.  For example my daughter is ‘insane’.

2.) The competition will close, Sunday the 10th of July at 6 pm.

3.) This is a UK based competition.

4.) The winner will be chosen randomly.

5.)    Please leave me some way of identifying you whether it’s your Twitter Username or use a valid email when commenting.

If you don’t manage to win, there is a discount code in the side bar of this blog.

Good luck and thank you for entering!

Congratulations to Joe who has won the family ticket.  Please do get in touch so that I can arrange the tickets for you.

I used to choose the winner.  As you will see it came up with 35, so I then counted and recounted, to double check, that in fact it was the 35th comment on the post.  Thanks everyone for taking part!