Today has been Save the Children den day. We took part at school as my first stay and play as EYFS coordinator. Before the kids came in we got out the kit. We had lots of tarps and curtains. We got the crates out and tables out.
We have dividers designed for splitting areas inside up. We assemble these into frames for the children to use as a starting point for dens.
We covered the picnic table with a tarp and set up a pop up tent for the lazier children.
One of the other teachers had come up with the idea of having knot examples.
We just aimed to provide enough of a starting point for the children to take it and build a den with a degree of independence.
The children and parents were wonderful working nicely together and coming up with lots of different dens.
Using the room dividers worked well as a frame for the dens. The kids were able to use these and pegs to make decent dens with just a small support.
The parachute made for a big den for lots of children at once.
The mud kitchen ended up covered.
This was a pop up football goal put to better use.
The most solid award goes to a den built by one of the older brothers who came. He was great with the kids and helped build a whole run of dens.
Both kids, staff and parents have had a great morning. I think a lot of the parents were a bit disappointed to see their dens dismantled at the end of the day. We had some really positive feedback, which is nice to hear. A lot of prep goes into these days, so it was good to see it appreciated. Many of the parents were talking about carrying on with dens at home. This was lovely to hear and hopefully means moreover more children outside.