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My own space

Some mornings we just want to hide under the bedclothes, and it is no different for children

Building a den, or a fort, or a spaceship to be in can be a great help if children are worried or stressed.

And anyway, it is a fun way to develop planning and action skills, and end up with a place where it is nice to be cosy and have stories or play

It can be inside or outside, big or small. Your child might want to make it themselves, or for you to help (or do most of the work …). You might help them find materials like boxes, sheets, branches, etc

And think how to decorate it and make it a good place to be. Older children can help too to make it a family space, or everyone might want their own.


This kind of space can be very helpful for children who have sensory issues or who get over-stressed quite easily. Click here for some more ideas that might help them

A space of my own!

Even in the most loving homes, we get on top of each other from time to time. Today’s idea is all about making a den, a place to feel safe and secure

At the same time, we learn all about what it is like to feel good, and how to manage if we feel stressed

And about personal space and why it matters, about being in control of things – and there is no limit to the stories and games we can make up in a well made den!

You can use a blanket, behind the sofa – anything you have to hand. Or take it outside (following health advice always) if you have a garden or balcony


This kind of space can be very helpful for children who have sensory issues or who get over-stressed quite easily. Click here for some more ideas that might help them