BUILD A DEN
A fun thing to do during summer is reconnect with nature. That’s not to say you can’t do the same at other times of the year, but picnics and trips to the beach in January don’t often make for fun days out.
Depending on how much you like it, you could always go the full Bear Grylls and become one with nature. Obviously that’s harder to do with little ones in toe, but there is a way of getting youngsters to appreciate the values of nature while showing off their survival skills – build a den!
Tip One: Finding your place
Like Phil and Kirsty are always telling us, it’s all about location, location, location. Think about where you’re building your den. If it’s on a hill, then be prepared to say goodbye sooner than you think. A nice, dry, flat area is perfect.
Tip Two: Keep it covered
One of the biggest problems affecting dens is water damage. You can’t predict when it’s going to rain, but finding cover can help when it does. Placing your den under a tree or near a wall can protect you from rain and wind.
Tip Three: The right materials
Sticks. It’s as simple as that. Grab as many sticks as you can to make the perfect den. Put yourself in the mindset of a bird – you’re making a nest, so a good mixture of thick and thin sticks will give you additional support. Whatever you do though, don’t build your den in a tree. See: Tip One.
Tip Four: Make it fabulous
A good den is only as good as it’s soft furnishings. Anyone can use a scratchy old picnic blanket, so what you want are good quality throws and cushions (hint, hint) to make yourself at home. Don’t forget some treats to while away those hours.
Tip Five: A softer touch
If you’re not the wilderness type, then why not build an indoor den? Using chairs and tables – maybe the odd airer – along with duvets and blankets is a great way of creating a den in the comfort of your own home. We won’t think less of you.