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Den Building

Den Building

What You’ll Need:

  • Large Tarpaulin or Sheet
  • String / Rope
  • Clothes Pegs
  • Tent Pegs

Getting into the Activity

Learn the basic survival skill of den building with just a few simple materials. Den building is a great way of encouraging creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

For this activity a woodland / forest area would be ideal or anywhere which has trees you can use to build dens with.

  • Split the children into smaller groups. Give them each a set of equipment and a leader to supervise and assist them.
  • Spend a few minutes talking about the kind of den they want to build. Is it a secret hideaway or a castle for a King?
  • Find two trees which are close together and tie the string / rope tightly between them. A leader may need to help with this part.
  • Drape the tarpaulin or sheet over the string and use clothes pegs to hold it in place. Use tent pegs to attach the sheet to the floor to create the den shape. Alternatively, find a low hanging branch and use this to hold the sheet up, or tie the corners of the sheet to four trees creating a canopy style den instead.
  • Now decorate the den and make it suitable to live in. Find logs to sit on, pinecones and leaves to decorate it with or twigs to make a sign at the doorway.
  • Once finished let the group play in their dens, have a rest inside and show other groups around their den.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Ensure the area you using for den building is safe and you have permission to be there.
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