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Den Building at The Look Out

As a family we love to build dens when we go out walking – it’s a lovely activity for children to do together and also helps to break up a walk too! Read on to find out about when we went den building at The Look Out in Bracknell.

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Den Building at The Look Out

Once parked, if you head over to the play area, behind the play area fence there is a large open woodland. In this area you will find a Den Building Area and it’s totally free to have a go, with the exception of parking.

Tell me about the Den Building Area

The Den Building Area at The Look Out is in an open woodland and there are lots of large sticks available to use to build a den. You can just pop along and have a go at building one against a pine tree. When we visited, two dens were still standing and three were being built – it was fantastic to watch the dens being created.

Three of us built our den and it took about 45 minutes. It was really fun and took team work. Some of the logs were heavy, so I would recommend having an adult there to supervise. What I loved was the sense of achievement and pride once our den was built.

And here it is!

Den at the Look Out
What Skills does Den Building Teach?

Whilst building our den it was interesting to observe the skills we used to build it.

Creativity – the creative juices flowed as my children planned the design of the den; where the door was going, the addition of pine leaf decorations, and then I suggested a path up to the entrance.

Teamwork – we worked as a team to gather, sort and place the logs.

Mathematics – during the den building there were lots of conversations about length and weight, whilst finding out which were  suitable logs to use and carry.

Problem solving – we had to work out how to best place the sticks on the tree to get the most secure den.

Communication – communication was key amongst our small team but also with other den builders, as we shared a pile of logs, so had to work out who was having which pieces of wood.

Exercise – moving the logs, bending, lifting and carrying was good exercise for everyone and it was wonderful to be outside playing in nature.

What Else is there to do at The Look Out?

There is loads to do at The Look Out including bike rides, walks and the adventure play area – these activities are all free of charge and then at additional cost you can go into The Look Out Discovery Centre or go to Go Ape.

You can read about The Look Out Play Area here.

The Look Out Bracknell

There is a café at The Look Out (takeaway) but you can also take a picnic as there are lots of picnic benches around.

You can read about 10 Things to Do at The Look Out here.

Parking and How to Get There

The Look Out can be found on Nine Mile Ride in Bracknell. The postcode is RG12 7QW.

Parking is £3.40 for 4hrs and £6.80 for a whole day (correct as of 05.05.23).

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