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Last weekend, my hubby wasn’t home on the Saturday.
It’s always a bit odd to not have him here, as if a piece is missing.
But on the upside, it means the kids and I can take over the house without hubby raising any complaints. Which left the living room to us to make a blanket fort.
The kids and I love this activity, as it’s creative, adventurous and active all rolled into one.
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Blanket fort ideas
I originally had the idea of building a fort of sheets in the afternoon, so that we could settle into it and watch some cartoons before dinner. But, of course, things never go as planned with kids.
As soon as my oldest son, Q, got a whiff of the idea, he wanted to build it immediately.
My youngest, in the meantime wanted to play bowling.
So, there I was, surrounded by two kids who told me what they wanted to do. Loudly.
Luckily my brain was still working and I managed to instruct them to talk to each other instead of only to mommy.
Watching them communicate their ideas to each other is always so adorable! The youngest agrees with everything Q says anyways. But it’s so devastatingly cute to see what arguments they come up with, together with their little poses and gestures.
Cognitive development blossoming. Adorable.
They decided that they were both hungry and that they could eat sandwiches in their tent once it was built.
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How to make a blanket fort
Q got a few chairs and moved them to the middle of the room, while I went in search of some old sheets and clothespins. My plan was to also pop some corn at some point during the day, but that was another plan that got thwarted. But if you’re building your own blanket fort with your kids, bear the idea of popcorn in mind.
We threw the sheets across the chairs and moved everything around until we got ourselves a nice little space in the middle that the boys could sit in.
Then we secured the sheets with some clothespins.
The boys took the pillows and fleece blankets that are usually on the couch and made their blanket fort comfortable.
A while ago I made them two little kids’ poufs, with the idea that they would have something kid-sized in the room to sit on. They never sit on their poufs, but they do play all sorts of games with them. We added those to the tent as well.
While the boys settled into their new domain, I made them some sandwiches. To which we all sat down and had a nice little lunch party in our newly built blanket fort.
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This really was a great building activity that we all enjoyed; it makes the day an instant party for the kids and mom!
Make a blanket fort activity supports:
- Cognitive abilities
- Creative and problem solving skills
- Fine motor skills
Items needed to make a blanket fort:
- Clothes pins
- Optional: small, rectangular table
- Optional: string, elastics, popcorn or other food
How to make a blanket fort:
We didn’t have one handy, but if you have a small rectangular table, one that fits the kids underneath, then you can use that as the main support of your fort.
Without table: set the chairs down in a circle.
Drape the sheets and blankets accross the chairs. Secure with clothes pins.
Use string to prop up the ceiling, if necessary.
Put pillows on the floor of your blanket fort to make it soft to sit on.
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