Activity Week 1 – Mini Dens

It’s competition time! The instructor team here at Thornbridge Outdoors have been busy devising a cunning competition for you to enter this week, for the chance to have your entry proudly displayed on our website over the weekend – only the Top 5 will be chosen! Entries with lots of character, artistic interpretation, and imagination are what we’re looking for.

The instructors would like to set YOU the challenge of building your very best mini den. You will have to work very carefully, and imagine that you have become mini yourself, shrinking down down down.

Den building is a popular activity on visits here to Thornbridge Outdoors. Sometimes students make full-size dens to shelter themselves and a friend in, and sometimes they make mini dens, which are the perfect size to shelter the small pebble animals they have created. Teachers have sometimes been known to test how waterproof the full-size dens are by asking student to get inside and then chucking a bucket of water over the top!

This mini den of yours can be built inside your house, or it could be built outside in the garden. The den is going to be home to a character of your very own choosing…

Here are our directions on how to get started and TOP TIPS for a marvellous mini den

mini dens instruction sheet screen grab

View/download here

Then, once you have finished your mini den, here is an activity sheet to complete

mini dens activity sheet screen grab

View/download here (Ages 5-8)

mini dens activity sheet older kids

View/download here (Age 9-12)

 

Parents/carers, how to enter:

Please share a sentence on social media from your child describing the mini den they have made, and the character who lives inside, along with a photo of their character inside the mini den, and tag us using ‘@thornbridgeout’ so that we can see your entry – that’s it! 

Entries will close at 3pm on Friday 3rd April and the Top 5 will then be drawn by Mandy from our Thornbridge Outdoors instructor team by 5pm. We’ll post to social media to announce the Top 5, and share the winning entries to our website where they will be on display all weekend long. 

(Please note: We’d like to share mini den competition entries to our social media channels during the week, as we’re tagged in them, to provide inspiration for others and to show off the great den making skills that we’re seeing! Please bear that in mind when entering – only include your child/home/garden in the photo if you’d be happy for us to share the image.)

       

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