Den Designers

A practical activity during which primary school pupils make mini-shelters from natural materials.

Years: 3, 4

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subject: D&T


Resource Overview

This lesson enables pupils to work in teams to create, present and peer review mini-dens


 As well as:

- practise teamwork, cooperation and communication skills
- enjoy being and working outside

With thanks to the Eden Project for allowing us to share their resource. For more equally inspirational lesson plans written by them please visit http://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/lesson-plans


Resource Assets

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Den Designers Lesson Plan

In this fun, hands-on activity, children will use team work, communication skills and lots of creativity and imagination to build mini-shelters from outdoor materials.


Curriculum Objectives

  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups