No. 4 build a den

First, collect your sticks...

Build the best den ever with our tips and tricks. You can also come along to one of our special den-building events to get even more hands-on.

Building a den using natural woodland materials is one of the coolest activities on the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' challenge list. If you read our tips and tricks they should help you to construct your own den in no time.

What you'll need:

  • Branches
  • Twigs
  • Leaves
  • Mud
  • Your hands
Whether you choose sticks and leaves or twigs and branches, you'll soon have your very own den to hide out in.
Mud is also a great building material so don’t be afraid to slap it on your den’s walls. Choose a dry flat spot for solid foundations.

Top tip:

If you lean sticks against a tree, like a wig-wam, then you don't have to do as much building.

What else?

If you're going to be out there building a den, you might even tick off some of the other challenges from 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list at the same time, like hunting for bugs or holding a scary beast, as they're often to be found near trees, or in woodland.

Where are some of the best den-building spots?

Of course you can build a den anywhere really, but here are some of our places where it's pretty easy to start building. We also run lots of den-building activities if you don't want to make a den on your own.