Once we know it’s Friday, something appears in the air that makes us feel so glad that the weekend is finally here. Not that we’re wishing the week away but particularly for Finlay – he lives for the weekends! I think it’s the knowing that for a couple of days, there are no structured plans (well, not usually), no time limits, and this means more time for him to play and do his own thing. Lately, his ‘own’ thing has meant packing up (and re-packing several times) the rucksack he got for Christmas with all his favourite things and playing ‘going on holiday’. It makes me laugh to watch him come down the stairs to greet us at around 7am with his backpack already on his back, fully packed for adventures! He takes great delight in rearranging his bag, putting things in order and re-packing it. He’s his mother’s daughter – I love packing!
Every weekend since Christmas, the kiddos have spent some of their weekend making a den with their Densters. They create it on a Saturday morning and leave it up the whole weekend and spend most of their time trying to persuade me and Mr M to let them sleep in it. I love it when they play together, it’s obviously not always plain sailing as kids will be kids, sometimes days don’t go to plan with regards to them being happy or not arguing, I often joke that we never know whether we will get 5 minutes or 5 hours of interrupted play time before they argue! I cannot wait until Archie can join in too. (At the moment, he just ransacks the dens and breaks them apart, so he often last ten minutes before they ban him from the den area!)
Using the Densters means their dens are becoming more creative by the minute – particularly as their favourite programme is ‘The Dengineers’ which gives them plenty of design ideas! The Densters are a family of den building monsters, each with a unique skill to ‘grab’, ‘bite’ and ‘hold’ blankets, material – whatever you fancy to help kids make dens and forts. Elodie is particularly taken with the Densters and insists everyone calls them by their names! They all come with a name and a personality and when they’re not being used for building dens they have useful ‘around-the-house’ jobs such as door stops and phone holders. This is Finlay’s favourite job – inventing useful things to do with the Densters – I am finding them all around the house! I love that the Densters have helped my kiddos create more imaginative dens – suddenly they can string up a blanket off their bunk bed or tie two blankets to a chair. Long gone are the days when they need our help building dens!
Weekends are definitely welcomed by us all, family time, play time and making dens – it’s the best!
Win your Own Denster’s Kit!
If you’d like your kids to have some fun making dens – we’ve teamed up with the Densters to offer one lucky winner their very own Den Making Denster Kit. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning, just follow the Gleam instructions below! Good luck! Competition close on the 7th February 2018.
Thanks to the Densters for sending us their great kit in exchange for a review. All words, images and photos are my own.