a hedgehog in autumn leaves . Build a home for a hedgehog with your children to help this little creature the British Hedgehog. Help prevent this species from becoming extinct.

Hedgehog Love

It’s a distressing fact that the population of hedgehogs in the UK has rapidly decreased over recent years - most likely due to the loss of habitat.

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the rain drips ontpo a tree and we enjoy sensory play with children outside Mindfulness with children

Listen to the Rain

How do you feel walking in the rain? I bet you don’t feel terribly mindful – You want to get to your destination as quick as possible. The last thi...

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A child learns to tie a reef knot on a tree outside in the garden

Learn a Knot

Learning to tie the right knot for the right situation is an essential (and impressive) life skill that will come in handy time and time again. Why...

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activity for children making crowns of autumn leaves Forest School activity for outdoor play

Nature Crowns

If you, like us, can’t resist collecting all the colours and textures and shapes that autumn has to offer in glorious abundance - you’ll no doubt h...

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An outdoor activity. How to keep your child occupied on a walk in nature and woodland . Make a journey stick

Journey Sticks

Have you a walk planned for the weekend? Why not keep a record of your explorations together by creating a journey stick - a wonderfully tactile an...

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Making a magical fairy garden with children for some absorbing outdoor creative play. Lots of opportunity for expressive language development

Fairy Gardens

I wasn’t going to share this photo for this nature-inspired activity prompt. I was actually going to re-make our ‘fairy garden’ after my daughter h...

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Seed Collecting

Seed Collecting

We may be in Autumn, but that doesn't stop us being able to collect seeds with the little ones. It's a great chance to find different varieties and...

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Tree Seed Fairies

Tree Seed Fairies

On our amble through the woods yesterday we collected acorns, pine cones and maple seeds to make these little acorn fairies.  Aren't they cute? We...

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Fire

Fire

Though it's definitely getting chillier, eating outdoors is a perpetual winner and special treat for children. We like 'finishing off' sausages (p...

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A collection of textured natural objects to play a child sensory game prickly or tickly a traditional Forest School Game

Prickly Tickly

This is a great idea for fun, sensory play - using materials foraged from outdoors to connect children with the wonder and variety of nature.

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A child is collecting seeds ready to store and plant out next year in the garden

Collecting Seeds

Don’t you just love September?  Nature is bountiful and everywhere you seem to look is laden with fruits, seeds and glistening berries. My Grandmot...

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bug hunting by shaking a tree children having fun outside and learning

Bug Shaking

A fascinating, inexpensive and absorbing activity to do with children in any outdoor space with bushes (or trees) is a Bush Shaking Mini-beast Hunt...

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seasonal ideas for outdoor activities  whjat to do with children when it is raining

Rainy Day Activities

As I live in the United Kingdom, I’ve made the radical decision - and I urge you to do the same - to embrace and enjoy every type of weather!  So o...

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boy builds a purple den

DEN BUILDING

My ‘office’ during lockdown consists of our kitchen island for my beloved MacBook, and an old wooden school stool as my seat. I have easy access to...

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colours in nature in the forest

Colours in Nature

The sight of a rainbow is always cause for awe and wonder, and especially relevant at the moment as we pay tribute to our National Health Service w...

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Forest School activity  identifying bird nests

BIRD NESTS

Birds are so busy nest-building at this time of year and can be observed transporting building materials to their construction sites.  Nests are so...

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Lots of lovely Art Discount

Lots of lovely Art Discount

Art and creative activities are especially important during times of stress or change - allowing children to lose themselves in their endeavours an...

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Hero Retailers

Hero Retailers

We want give a huge shout-out to our team of incredible retailers, weathering this Covid-19 storm by adopting new working practises and adapting to...

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den styles basha den-building

DEN-SPIRATION

Over the past five weeks we’ve been delighted and amazed at seeing the ways in which our kits have brought fun to gardens all around the UK. Whethe...

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 outdoor activities for children of all ages

Whittling

Creative, therapeutic and immensely satisfying- as well as sufficiently ‘grown-up’ to spark the interest of the most reluctant.  Introducing your c...

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COVID-19

COVID-19

Den Kit HQ is open. Orders are being assembled, wrapped and shipped.We are a small team, working remotely, with only members of the same household...

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B&LLA Award Finalists

B&LLA Award Finalists

The National Trust Nature Hideaway Kit and the Ed Stafford Shelter Kit make it amongst the glitterati as B&LLA Award Finalists. Rewarding excel...

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a girl climbing a leafy tree

Climbing trees

Children love to climb trees - they appear to be magnetically pulled upwards when they discover a branch beckoning up to them. Happily, it is reall...

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