Usually hiding under the coffee table or behind the curtains is the highlight of the day for my little ones, regardless of how many toys and games they’ve got. Every day I find cushions, dolls and tea sets in the most random of places- the other day they’d even set up home in a hole between the washing machine and the cooker. It can’t have been the most comfortable place for a tea-party, but they didn’t mind!
Home-made dens are incredibly fun it seems, and it got me thinking. Somewhere along the line us ‘oldies’ forget how to play. And I don’t mean board-game play, or hide-and-seek play, I mean real play. The kind of play that kids seem to relish in – play that involves opening a whole world of imaginary places and scenarios. It’s the most wonderful, and mind-boggling thing. The energy and enthusiasm little kids have is incredible, yet completely effortless. I find it difficult enough to think up new mealtime ideas, let alone inventing secret hideouts and arranging invisible dinner parties.