My 2yo dd has started making giant nests with all her toys. She will pile them all up in the middle of the floor, arranging prams/trikes etc round the outside, and she spends ages doing this. Once completed she demands to be sat in the centre of the heap and sometimes then rearranges things from the middle so that she can reach everything.
I've never heard of this in a toddler - I have a niggling worry that it might be a sign of insecurity. Or is this normal behaviour?
No idea if it is a sign of anything but DD1 - now 3.1yo - spent months earlier this year doing exactly the same thing. I have photos of her surrounded by dozens of cuddly toys and any other toys that she could reach. Sometimes she would ask to have her baby sister - now 10 mo - placed in her pile too! Oh and she also liked climbing into the laundry basket - of clean clothes - and piling them all around her.
my local nursery observe the kids to find each child's type of play which helps them to organise further activites that the child will enjoy the most. My dd was definitely an 'enveloper'/enclosure/containingchild, your dd may well be one too? SSounds like you will be clearing away a lot of make shift dens over the next few years