Blue Peter Badges for Den-making Girls

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Three Year 6 pupils from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy have gained their first-ever Blue Peter Badge.

Twins Alice and Darcey and their good friend Laura clearly all enjoy a challenge. Laura takes up the story: “I called round at the twin’s home, which just happens to be a hotel,” recalls Laura. “To be honest we were a bit bored.

“That morning we watched CBBC’s ‘How to be Epic @ Everything’ and saw how to make a den and thought we should give it a go.” With all in agreement, planning was soon under way.

The girls made their den out of natural material: sticky weed, large, thick sticks grass and also leaves so it looked camouflaged. It took them four hours to make!

They decided to tell Blue Peter all about their activity in the hope they’d get a badge.


Darcey’s perspective:

“Some people think that gaining a Blue Peter badge is very hard but it doesn’t need to be. We made a den out of twigs and old cut grass. The main aim was to do something to make the weekend more enjoyable, we just decided to send it in to Blue Peter in the hope that our badge would come.”

Alice’s perspective:

“I loved making the den it was so fun and it took lots of perseverance. It was very dirty work; we were covered in mud when we had finished! The grass was really wet so we got cold pretty quickly. I had so much fun building it; it was so sturdy it stayed up for four months. I would do it all again in a heartbeat!”

Laura’s perspective:

“I think that the den was very hard to make because it was all made out of natural materials. It was so much fun but very hard, I wish we could do it all over again. I enjoyed every single minute. We only used natural materials not even string! It was an amazing experience.”




You can find out about the different types of badges and how to apply for them by clicking here.

Here’s the proof that the girls’ hard work paid off:


4 Responses to Blue Peter Badges for Den-making Girls

  1. Sam February 1, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Congratulations! That’s an incredible achievement and something to treasure for years to come. I like the fact that your school ties also proudly displays a YJA badge too!

    YJA Managing Editor

  2. Susan (Patrick's mum) February 1, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Fantastic girls!! Well done and a great account. Sounds like fun. Patrick who was in YJA 3 years ago now has his blue and green badges and is hoping for a purple after reviewing the show a few weeks ago.

    Keep up the good work 👍🏻⭐️⭐️⭐️

  3. Ruby February 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    WOW! I can’t believe you got a Blue Peter badge. Fab article.

  4. Lily June 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Well done love the article fantastic description.