Books and dens

wigwam den

My favourite activities are the ones where the children work as a team and initiate it all by themselves. Den making seems to lend to this enormously. I walked out into an area of the garden to find that two of them had raided my bamboo canes and garden twine. They had found a decorating sheet, and were crafting a teepee.

teepee den and teasels

I sat on a nearby bench and watched them add the finishing touches. They worked well together. Sharing and listening to each other. They used the teasel plants that I had weeded the day before. It softens the look.

teepee den

Building the den was only the start. They played happily in their teepee for the afternoon.

Den making is on our summer list. I think we’ll be crossing it off the list a few times before the end of the holiday.

library challenge

We’ve crossed off another item from the list too. The library challenge. Our local libraries run a summer challenge, where the children read six books and earn rewards such as stickers and bookmark. This is the third year we have joined in and the children love it. Today we picked up our books and joined the scheme. So easy and everything to gain. What’s not to like?

4 thoughts on “Books and dens

  • Tuesday 23 July, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    oh what fun!!
    now they can take the books inside their den and have a wonderful afternoon reading!

    • Tuesday 23 July, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Den has now collapsed 🙁 but I’m sure they will build many more to read in.

  • Saturday 27 July, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Love the den, and I envy you the pleasure of sitting listening to them amuse themselves. My children always loved the library challenges, in fact there is a photo from a newspaper article on my wall of my daughter at one of those long-ago summer library events – she’s a teacher now and one of her big brothers gets married next month…so you’ll guess it’s been a while!

    • Saturday 27 July, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      The library challenges are a big incentive for them. Especially the younger two. I hope the love of books becomes a habit.

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