Rainy Day Den Making!
This weekend’s weather reminded me of a similar day last year when I was in the park with a large group of friends and neighbours. We’d got together to help out another neighbour who was making a short film and needed lots of ‘extras’ (OK, I live in Hackney!), so we were outside for a good long while. The rain started to come down and the adults started to become fretful, but the trees are pretty big and we all had hot tea, bagels and large umbrellas.
There were about 15 children, and a couple of them got the bright idea of begging even more umbrellas…
I love this ‘rainy day den’ as another example of what kids will do if given freedom to play. No one telling them what to do, no one doing more than reminding the older ones to keep a bit of an eye on the younger ones, and no one shouting ‘health and safety’. It was entirely organised by themselves, great fun, and kept them warm & dry (ish!) for at least the couple of hours of showers.
On Twitter over last few weeks @LoveOutdoorPlay conversations have often majored on the joys of rainy den making. You can see some great examples from Play Gloucestershire here on their blog about a dedicated den making (& marshmallow eating!) day, and the tweet below made many of us smile – and wish we were there!
So how do you think families and communities can help more children play outside more often whatever the weather? And have you any stories to share of your rainy day play here or on Facebook?