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A Den of Imagination

26 January 2018
Two children play in hexagonal cubby holes in The Den at Gleneagles

The toy fire is taken from the toy campsite to the toy railway carriage to create “a steam engine”. The train driver shouts to his crew that the steam has caused a fire at the nearby toy stables, so the hobby horses must be rescued. Luckily, a six-year-old vet is on hand to check over the hobby horses and administer toy carrots.

The play room assistants breathe a sigh of relief when the vet confirms the hobby horses are going to be okay. After the children tuck into a hearty picnic of toy cake, corn on the cob, raw potatoes, carrots, lettuce and tea – served on blankets at the rekindled toy campfire – they report that the horses have had a lovely day.

“It’s been wonderful to see this kind of play and imagination in Little Glen,” says Kathryn Miller, Little Glen Coordinator. “The children’s faces have been lighting up as soon as they walk in the door, and it’s been lovely to hear their squeals of delight as soon as they see the railway carriage and treehouse.”

Since they opened in November, Gleneagles’ brand new spaces, Little Glen and The Den – the latest additions to the glorious playground – have been inspiring young imaginations, stimulating curious minds and occupying restless hands and feet.

A treehouse climbing frame, teepees, mushroom shaped stools and wooden toys in Little Glen

Little Glen, a fully supervised crèche for 2 – 9 year olds, is a colourful and vibrant play environment for adventurous spirits. With bright, fresh colour schemes, different textures and an arts and crafts workshop, the space has been designed to stimulate interaction and learning.

Little Glen’s countryside theme – its indoor treehouse; toy campfire and tepees; play stables with hobby horses; Gleneagles railway carriage; and pretend grass flooring scattered with ‘cuddly’ wildlife chairs – reflects the natural beauty of the estate and local landscape and brings a feeling of the outdoors inside.

A boy holds up something he painted in the Den
A girl reads a book in a hexagonal cubby hole seat in The Den

The play room assistants breathe a sigh of relief when the vet confirms the hobby horses are going to be okay. After the children tuck into a hearty picnic of toy cake, corn on the cob, raw potatoes, carrots, lettuce and tea – served on blankets at the rekindled toy campfire – they report that the horses have had a lovely day.

“It’s been wonderful to see this kind of play and imagination in Little Glen,” says Kathryn Miller, Little Glen Coordinator. “The children’s faces have been lighting up as soon as they walk in the door, and it’s been lovely to hear their squeals of delight as soon as they see the railway carriage and treehouse.”

Since they opened in November, Gleneagles’ brand new spaces, Little Glen and The Den – the latest additions to the glorious playground – have been inspiring young imaginations, stimulating curious minds and occupying restless hands and feet.

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