Playscapes friend Tim Gill has just posted about the den-building provisions on the playground of Berwick Fields Primary school in
|Den-building poles at Berwick are decorated by each year's class. Photo by Tim Gill|
|Thurton Primary School provides simple frames to enable den-building. Photo by Natasha Lyster|
Note that Tim's post also gives some insight into the management of dens on a school playground: "the only rule is that dens have to be demolished at the end of each session. This is to allow more children to take part. Before the rule was introduced, children were starting to get territorial about their cubbies."
Unlike the more permanent constructs allowed at adventure playgrounds, play dens typically don't last long. So they're ideal for documenting at diy.org, a beautiful new site and app well-summarized as an 'online refrigerator for kids artwork', (see also a discussion of the diy project at c/net). Several play projects have already been posted...I really like the idea of kids being able to document their ephemeral, outdoor play creations in this way!