Den making is a great inclusive activity – particularly when it involves siblings or friends. Create a dedicated space that is small and safe enough for a child with multiple needs but inviting enough to encourage other children to come and share the space.
Children who might find it easier can help to build the den for their brother/sister or friend. Dens are also extremely adaptable. For example, you can make a den by attaching an umbrella to supported seating or wheelchairs.
A cardboard box den
You can build a den using a large cardboard box that is either lined with black paper or painted black. Punch holes in the top of the box and press some battery-operated fibre optic 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 required. You can add other elements, such as lights and torches, but remember not to overload the space with too much stimulus.
By making a den that is exciting and inviting, other children can and will want to join in.
First published: Monday 17 October 2016
Updated: Monday 31 October 2016