What better way to spend a sunny, spring morning than gathering sticks and building a den.
We spent a couple of days at Nanny’s house last week, she lives out in Essex, surrounded by fields and little woods to explore. The boys love to get and about and go on adventures. Nanny had told us about a public walk way that runs along side a golf club, surrounded by trees. She often walks the dog down there and we had previously gone for walk along there but it was so overgrown that we couldn’t get far. The trees have now been cut down and the muddy pathway is now clear of any bramble and lovely to walk along (provided you walk around the muddy patches that is)
The boys found an area that was obviously a meeting area for the local children, they had built their own little house on a hill from branches, it even had a rule sheet attached to it. It gave the boys an idea of building their own den. There were lots of fallen down branches from the recent windy weather that we had.
The boys gathered together some branches and began to lean them up against a tree. They worked together as a team, negotiating where to place the branches, using their imagination and creativity to build a home outside. The tree was at the bottom of a little hill.
They experimented using branches of all sizes, small twigs, leaves, stones and mud.
The boys really enjoyed being one with nature and it was lovely to see them enjoying themselves and not arguing for once. They were kind to each other and listened to each others reasoning of what to do next.
They really enjoyed working together and was really pleased with what they had built.