Why Dens Are Still Cool- Come build a den with us!

Dens in the trees

Our boys are getting older, and it seems like each day there is something else they used to enjoy, which is now no longer cool. Thankfully, building dens is not yet one of them!

This summer, my boys teamed up with children from a few other families staying with us at Chataigne, and they all built a den in the recently unveiled rockery area between the trees. Come and have a look at what they made:

Outdoor den building
The den – you’d hardly know it was there!

It doesn’t take much to build a den, just a few trees or other shelter, and a lot of imagination. Look at this den – it doesn’t look anything like the sort of den I imagined they would want to build, but then that’s my imagination, rather than theirs. Most importantly, their den appeared to require various signs chalked on bits of wood, including the obligatory ‘No Adults or Dogs’ (poor Daphne the Doodle was most disappointed in this).

No Adults Allowed sign on the den
No Adults Allowed sign on the den

Otherwise, den building seemed to require a small plastic slide, plant pots, and sweeping brushes! They are therefore house proud den builders at least!

Den building Dens inside
Interior of the den

It was lovely to see though, children as old as 13 and as young as 5, boys and girls, all playing nicely together. They were also in the shade, away from the glare of the sun. They were discovering nature and enjoying the fresh air. I’m so pleased that they had this place to pop in and out of, to play different games in, and to call their own.

Dens in the trees
A den in the trees

So den builders unite. You don’t need much:

  • A shady corner, trees, a tent, a shed or play house.
  • Maybe an old sheet or curtains, a rug or some cushions
  • Pieces of wood for important signs
  • Toys and games to keep yourselves amused
  • Something for decoration – paint or chalk, pictures you made
  • Most of all, lots of imagination and a quest for fun!

Have a great time, either indoors or out, making dens. If you want more inspiration, you could take a look at our Pinterest board ‘Childsplay’

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Build a Den With Us!
Build a Den With Us!

Linking up with:
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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32 Replies to “Why Dens Are Still Cool- Come build a den with us!”

  1. Looks like great fun! My two like building dens too – I remember that as a kid! 😉
    Lauretta recently posted…5 inspirational ideas for a rustic themed living roomMy Profile

    1. Thanks Lauretta. Keeps them out of mischief!

  2. Building dens is such an important part of childhood, it’s fab to see that all the kids got involved to make their den perfect! We have a ‘Den Building Zone’ here on the farm for people who don’t know where to begin but we’ll often find a new den popped up in different areas around the farm, I think the most recent was on the island in the river. It’s great to see that they’re house proud (or should I say den proud?) I hope they’re transferring the sweeping into the house as well!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

    1. Dens are fab, aren’t they? I was so pleased they built one without prompting. Sadly their ‘houseproud’ activities don’t extend beyond the den boundaries! I couldn’t even get them to pick up the fallen plums without a big bribe!

  3. Mommy's Little Princesses says: Reply

    Fab den! Oh I used to love building forts/dens in the bush {woods} across the road from our house as a child. What I like most about it is you are free to create it how you see fit too. Xx #countrykids

    1. It’s one thing which has stood the test of time, isn’t it? I loved a good den too x

  4. Den making is great. Not a summer goes by without a den being made somewhere in our garden. Each year higher or more ingenious. Impressed by the den proud bunch. Poor Daphne. Good job dogs can’t read. #CountryKids
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    1. Haha I know Cheryl, poor doggy reject! I’m glad mine haven’t outgrown the den just yet.x

  5. Dens are awesome! My kids love them in and outdoors
    Becky @lakessinglemum recently posted…#CountryKids at the Lakeland Maize MazeMy Profile

    1. There’s something special about dens, isn’t there?!

  6. I agree, dens are a great idea whatever the age. It’s good to get their imagination going and it’s lovely when it brings children of all ages together.

  7. Building your own structure is just an amazing activity for kids! My son uses the camera tripod and he would build a den/teepee outside the terrace! He would stay there the longest time! #CountryKids
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  8. Den building was one of my favourite activities as a child (indoors and outdoors). It is such a brilliant activity like you say. I love the idea of making signs to go with them! #CountryKids

    1. …even if the signs are a bit cheeky!!

  9. I loved building dens when I was a kid and now my girls are starting to get into it too, I love how it encourages them to use their imagination 🙂 Looks like a lovely area to build a den and their no adults sign is so funny! #countrykids

    1. Thanks for commenting Steph, I know I love the idea of den building too. Hope your girls enjoy theirs xx

  10. My son loves building dens, hours of fun. Like how they needed a brush, very practical!
    #TheList and #CountryKids

    1. I know, if only their bedrooms were so clean!!

  11. great tips and I loved building dens when I was young so it is lovely to see my boys getting into dens and taking their touch to read the books in them X #mysundayphoto
    mummy here and there recently posted…My Sunday Photo 21/08/2016My Profile

    1. Yes I’m often tempted to join in too, happy memories for me 🙂

  12. Soppymum (Sara) says: Reply

    I cannot wait to build dens with my son! Yours sound amazing. As you say, you don’t need fancy/expensive stuff to have hours of fun!! #bestandworst

    1. There is something very magical about dens. Get him started early!!

  13. What a clever group of youngsters. Such imagination! #bestandworst

    1. Won’t be long ’til Peachy wants to join in!

  14. I still love a good den! Such good fun and if you can do outdoor even better. Lovely pics and looks like great fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx
    Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap recently posted…Best and Worst Week #63My Profile

    1. Thanks, it’s been joined by a tent now too! Plenty of room if you want to join in?

  15. There’s nothing like building a den is there? I still remember doing it really clearly from my own childhood – I used to have a little hideaway in a large bush at the end of our garden where I could lay out a rug and have a little tea party (I think I got the idea from a book that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of!) I hope to build many more dens with my son too! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove
    Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons recently posted…5 Happy Things #21My Profile

    1. A little tea party sounds so cute! I love that idea. Thanks for your ccomments x

  16. My brother and I used to love building dens, in the back garden, in the house or in the woods when my dad was playing cricket. There is always a place for den building. It is so much fun to build, but then the best bit to sit in the den and think that no one can see you!!! I can’t wait to build some dens with my girls. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x
    Laura – dear bear and beany recently posted…Living Arrows 35/52My Profile

    1. Aw thank you for sharing those lovely memories – dens certainly make for happy times!

  17. Looks like so much fun! My son would love to make one of those but we don’t really have the right spot in our back yard. We live in the middle of the city so the space is a bit of a challenge
    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project recently posted…How to Make The Best Roasted Root Vegetables Ever!My Profile

    1. Well, tents (or bedsheets/tablecloths) make great dens too!

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