Thursday, 26 February 2015
Den building - Peter Rabbit's burrow
Den building is such fun for children. They love to play in dens. They need help building the dens but they do love to join in and make it their own. My children often ask me to make dens for them. It is their little special place where they can relax and engage in some imaginative play. Sometimes I put up the pop-up tent for them and sometimes I use a blanket. When the weather is nice we often take den building out into the garden. It can be a great way to get kids playing outdoors.
I decided to make a themed den when I became inspired by the 'fort building challenge' on the wonderful blog called 'Building blocks and acorns'. Do take a look for some amazing ideas! There were so many good ideas on the blog that I really had to wrack my brains to think of a different theme! Then it came to me; Peter Rabbit's burrow! As you know we have been enjoying Beatrix Potter stories recently so it seemed the obvious choice.
First, we painted some pictures to use to decorate the burrow. This is D's artwork.
R had a go too.
D even persuaded me to get involved, I chose to use crayons instead of paint and D decided to try and copy what I had done.
Here are the pictures decorating the burrow.
R helped me to stick the pictures up!
We made the burrow in the corner of the living room and I threw a blanket over the arms of the sofa to create it. I placed some cushions on the floor for comfort.
I placed some objects in the burrow that are described in the 'Peter Rabbit' book. Onions, garlic and herbs. I thought it might be nice to use some real objects for the children to explore.
I also placed some kitchen pans and utensils as well as some play food in the burrow. The children had a great time cooking food for Peter and his family!
R is practicing his cutting skills on an onion!
D gave me some parsley in a bowl. She said it was lettuce and rabbits love to eat lettuce!
The children also put on their paper plate rabbit ears so they could really get into character! You can find the tutorial for these rabbit ears here.
I also put our collection of Beatrix Potter books in the burrow for the children to look at. We have the whole collection.
After the children had played for a while we had story time. I read their favourite Beatrix Potter books whilst they lounged cozily in the burrow. This was a great way to end their play session. Reading stories in total comfort was such a lovely way to relax and wind down just in time for lunch.