Making a cardboard box den

Find out how to make a cardboard box den, in an inclusive activity for children of all abilities. 

What is a cardboard box den?

A cardboard box den is just what it sounds like: a secret special den, made from an everyday cardboard box!

Den-making is a great inclusive activity. 

By making a safe den that is exciting and inviting, other siblings can and will want to join in. 

Children who might find it easier can help to create the den for their siblings. 

Dens are also extremely adaptable. For example, you can make a den by attaching an umbrella to supported seating or a wheelchair. 

How to make a cardboard box den

Here’s how to make one of your own:

  • Use a large cardboard box that is either lined with black paper or painted black inside. 
  • Punch holes in the top of the box and press some battery-operated fibre optic or LED fairy lights against the holes to create a starry sky effect. 
  • Use different tactile elements to create panels that slip into the sides and the back – these can be attached and moved around as needed. 
  • You can add other elements, such as lights and torches, but remember not to overload the space with too much stimulus.