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Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything

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A den, or a fort, is a special space that you create for yourself, a space where you can use your imagination, a space where you can play, or read, just chill out or be creative.

In Den Building, Jane Hewitt and Cathy Cross show you how, with just a few household objects and these imaginative ideas, you can make hundreds of wonderful dens, with minimal mess and fuss. Using found items, creativity and imagination you can transform any space into a completely new environment. There are plenty of rainy-day activities and ideas for getting outside in the fresh air. Complete with hints and tips on finding materials, building and decorating dens, these brilliant ideas will keep children busy for hours - and adults are very welcome to join in the fun too. How many different things can you make with a cardboard box? How can a simple table be transformed into a spooky Halloween lair or a Viking ship? How much fun can you have with an old parachute? How do you make a miniature town from old packaging? Discover the magic in everyday objects and get den building!

Suitable for all children who like making things and creative play, Den Building is a great gift and also makes a great resource for organised groups, such as nurseries, Scouts and Guides and afterschool clubs.

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7th December '16
I read it myself (an adult)
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
What a fabulous resource this is!  Giving tons of inspiration and ideas for den building.  With 27 projects to choose from there is something here for everyone, from the total beginner to the more experienced builder.  Everyone knows you can make a den with a table but we also have loads of ideas for boxes, hula hoops, mini dens even umbrellas.  If you're feeling particularly ambitious there's even an igloo affair made from empty milk bottles.  Great for parents but also perfect for scout/guide groups, schools, clubs, a brilliant addition to the bookshelf!
11th December '16
I read it to GracieBax aged 4 aged 4 & to Bobby aged 1 aged 1
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
I read the book with my daughter Gracie and my son Bobby. This book was absolutely fantastic and led to hours of creative play and imaginative fun. The book is great because unlike a lot of other children's books, it is designed in a much more unique and relateable way, using photographs rather than just illustrations or cartoon style drawings, this brought the book to life and enabled the kids to get a real feel for ways in which they could go on and put together their own dens.
As a parent, it can often be quite challenging or tiresome to think of creative ideas for your children, this has been a massive help as it is jam-packed full of really great ideas and is a fantastic source of inspiration, there are so many different concepts for hiding spots and dens that we had never even considered, such as Gracie's favourite - the pom pom den and Bobby's favourite the Spy Den.
What we love most about the book is that my kids or myself can easily pick this book up, flip to any page and have a great idea or concept to then work on. It has helped massively boost Gracie's imagination and creativity, since we have been reading the book, she is regularly coming up with lots of her own ideas for dens or creating fun spaces where she can then enjoy role play. This has been lovely to see and has made me feel really impressed and proud. 
The book works really well because it is bold, bright and colourful, the images and different types of texts and fonts make it accessible and far from boring, there is always something that jumps out and grabs your attention. It isn't just a how-to book setting out a tutorial of how to create a certain thing, moreso it is the foundation for sparking imagination, creativity and exploration for children and I just really love it!
All in all, I would say that this book is fabulous for enabling kids (and adults) imaginations to run wild, it is great for sparking creative thought and for inspiring you to get making fun dens. I can see this being a staple on our family bookshelf for many years to come! 
1st December '16
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2 & to Geo aged 8 aged 8
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
This is a fabulous little hand book to den building.  We are already enthusiastic den/tent makers in our house (our dining room chairs are currently the base for a blanket tent) and this book is very useful for coming up with lots of ideas for more ambitious projects using household items. None of the ideas seem to have any great cost to them and rather than a how-to guide it really is a basis for coming up with your own ideas. We especially loved the idea of mini-dens and have made my little girl's teddy a den out of a shoe box already. You might think that you don't really need a book to tell you how to do something that kids have been doing for years but it really is great for lots of fun ideas and for encouraging them to think about what they like. Highly recommended for kids of all ages.
5th December '16
k-mckenzie read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
We had great fun building dens over the weekend after getting inspiration from reading this book.
Full of lots of ideas that can be made into your own dens, lots of lovely colourful pictures. can't wait to use some of them in the garden once the weather is nicer.
15th December '16
I read it to Jamesp aged 9 aged 9 & to Zeynepp aged 4 aged 4
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
What a fantastic book full of ideas for building dens. Everyone knows how to make a den using table and chairs but this book gives you the opportunity  to build even bigger and better dens using a variety of materials. From the beginner to the most experienced of den builders there is something in this book for everyone. Both my 9 year old son and 4 year old daughter made a few of the dens and had fun doing it. Would definitely recommend this book. Kept the children and adults alike entertained for hours.
17th December '16
LandonB read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
I make a den to raise money for save the children every year so wanted some new  ideas for 2017. This book is awesome! It has so many ideas and a lot you can make with things you have at home! My brother and I made a rocket den with the boxes we had from moving house last week. It was great fun!! 

You get loads of instructions and pictures to help you. My dad even took the book of me to read as he wanted to see what he could build! 

I love this book !
6th December '16
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 6 aged 6 , to Turbo aged 4 aged 4 & to Doodles aged 1 aged 1
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
Couldn't wait to sit down with my boys and share this fantastic book, perfect size for slipping in a back back when camping or going walking in the woods, has beautifully clear photographs showing ideas for using different materials to make dens with. As soon as we had finished looking through the pages the boys were suitably inspired to go off and collect materials to make their own dens. It had plenty of inspiration and easy to read tips on how to get the best out of you materials. Can see us using this book a lot outdoors once winter is out of the way. We highly recommend it.
18th December '16
dannylee read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
Some very cool new imaginative and creative ideas for building dens. Great to have top tips to make sure safe when building.  Thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with friends
28th March '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to LucyRed aged 5 aged 5 & to OllieRed aged 7 aged 7
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
5 stars
A great book for budding den builders which has great new ideas for materials to use. It has a good selection of dens and inspires the children to use their creativity and imagination. Great for indoor and outdoor den building 
5th January '17
I read it to Nath aged 5 aged 5 & to Olli aged 3 aged 3
Den Building: Creating Imaginative Spaces Using Almost Anything 9781845909529
3 stars
The cover didnt enthuse my two sons interest but i took it camping with us and my sons enjoyed the ideas it gave them out and about. 
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About Jane Hewitt

Jane Hewitt taught mainly at secondary level for 30 years. Jane still loves learning, discovering new ideas and photography and is rarely found without a camera around her neck! Cathy Cross trained in theatre design and has spent over 20 years working in community theatre and education. Over the last few years Cathy has combined the breadth of her experienc...

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About Cathy Cross

Jane Hewitt taught mainly at secondary level for 30 years. Jane still loves learning, discovering new ideas and photography and is rarely found without a camera around her neck! Cathy Cross trained in theatre design and has spent over 20 years working in community theatre and education. Over the last few years Cathy has combined the breadth of her experienc...

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