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Apr 18, 2018

Fabric as a Loose Part/Den Making


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European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2010, 555–566

The influence of the outdoor environment: den-making in three different contexts

Natalie Canning*



"The den is the child's sense of self being born," says David Sobel, a developmental psychologist at Antioch New England graduate school. He has researched dens extensively since the 70s, in Devon, England, and the Caribbean. "In the middle childhood, ages seven to 11, a den is the child's chance to create a home away from home that is secret, and becomes a manifestation of who they are. The den," Sobel argues, "is the chrysalis out of which the butterfly is born."



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