Making A Den Is Magical For Each Youngsters And Grown U

27 Nov 2018 11:18

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<h1>Making A Den Is Magical For Each Children And Grown Ups</h1>

<p>A Sunday afternoon, and a kind of days when afternoon boredom units in. My daughter Kitty and her household have been staying with us whereas their new kitchen was put in, and we have been also taking care of my three-12 months-outdated grandson Barnaby whereas his mother and father were working. So he had to be entertained with Kitty's daughter Chloe, who'll even be three in September.</p>

<p>In a second of inspiration Kitty cried out: 'I know, let's make a den — like when I was a baby! In no time she had pulled four chairs out and set them with the backs facing each other, about a metre apart. I provided two throws, plus a red-checked tablecloth — enough to drape over the chairs to create roof, walls and a door. In went a small pile of cushions — and the children adopted, squealing with delight. A den. Someplace to hide, whisper, giggle and make-believe. A castle or a fort or a playhouse or a witch's cottage in the woods and even an underground cave — all from 4 chairs and a few fabric.</p>

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<p>It cost nothing, and there wasn't an expensive plastic toy, piece of merchandising or item of technological wizardry in sight. What's more, as a mother and grandmother I confess that a large part of my fun got here from witnessing Kitty's personal. A incredible mum and aunt, she was enacting her own childhood happiness — and that gave me actual pleasure.</p>

<p>I was so pleased I put this little story on Facebook — and was amazed by the enthusiastic response from all ages. No fancy Wendy houses, gazebos, or correct wood cabin, as many youngsters have nowadays. Only a small formica picnic table and easiest of picnic chairs, or we sat on the grass or on the steps.</p>

<p>Bushes had been our hiding places, weeds had been what we 'cooked' in toy pans, and our teddies and dolls 'ate' that. Somebody else wrote: 'Seeing this introduced back such blissful reminiscences — my grandma used to build dens for/with me — she was about 70 and I was between 4 and 6. Once the tablecloths and sheets had been arranged and pegged into place, she would make tiny sandwiches and a pot of orange squash 'tea' and get in there with me.</p>

<p>I still miss her after all these years — however returned the praise and did the same for my sons and now plan to do the identical for my granddaughter. There were reminiscences of dens made with piles of cushions, or 'a huge empty cardboard field which had once housed a chest freezer, taken house, the flaps formed right into a peaked roof, a door and windows reduce out'. In 1992 that lady's sons 'had a ball for weeks with this development as their gang-hut'. Many more posts in the same vein revealed a powerful sense of tradition: the straightforward ideas for play which are handed on between the generations.</p>

<p>No marvel I felt such deep-seated delight at Kitty's personal reminiscences, triggered by her spontaneous idea. She recalled dens in the backyard and old style celebration games organised by her dad and letters written to her by her doll (yes, I was good at tiny printing) and different candy memories. She also beloved a mad recreation aptly referred to as Frustration and interminable games of Snakes and Ladders and Ludo — the very ones I used to play with my brother as a baby.</p>

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