Half term hibernation and Halloween den days

October 24, 2016

It’s half term! Which means we’re officially half-way through the very first term of primary school (and despite these fears we’ve not been late once, do I get a gold star?).

So what do we have planned for the week off? Here’s all our plans:

  • Doing nothing
  • Doing as little as possible
  • Less than that, whenever possible

And we are pretty happy about it.

Building a Halloween pillow fort

OK, so I’m sure we’ll probably do something – some of these, obviously – and hopefully meet up with some of our favourite people. But apart from that, we’re hibernating at home after a busy and exhausting term and luxuriating in not having to do school runs or wear uniform or do much with any structure at all.

This weekend we took the opportunity to bed in and hunker down and kick-start our week of nothingness with a Halloween-inspired tent affair. Complete with cobwebs and fairy lights.

Based on a classic pillow fort crossed with a Bedouin tent (?) we created a strong sofa structure with cushions and blankets:

Building a sofa den with small children - ideas for a perfect pillow fort

And then added some finishing Halloween touches:

Building a Halloween sofa den

So far it’s been hours of fun:

How ot make a Halloween-themed sofa den for small children

We’ve watched TV (this and this, of course) and even had dinner in there; #MySofaDen has been a big hit.

Building a sofa den for Halloween

Making a Halloween Half Term sofa den

It makes a change as usually I spend 99% of my day putting the sofa cushions back on there (seriously! Sound familiar?) Anyone have any good plans for this week?

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  • Keri-Anne

    October 24, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Oh my gosh, i LOVE this. We love to make under table dens and it has made me realise that we haven’t made one in ages. I think this half term is a perfect time now the cold wether is here. Love all the halloween decorations too 🙂

  • Alison

    October 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I think you have the total right idea to do nothing this half term – we did exactly that this time last year, as after 6 weeks of getting used to school life, kids need a break. Love your den – looks like so much fun!

  • Laura

    November 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    How fun are these den ideas!! I think it’s not only perfect for half term but also for super lazy do nothing weekend!

    Laura x

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