Idea for Play: Throw A Blanket Over Anything And Make A Fort

We have this big, blue blanket that my great-grandma made.  I use it for everything.  I like to imagine that her love emanates from it, giving me strength and helping me mother my children.  My kids just think it is soft and comfy.

But either way,  it is a sweeeeeeet blanket for forts.

My challenge for you this week, is to pull out a huge blanket, throw it over some furniture and make a fort.  Put it in a major room of your house.  And forget the cleaning police- leave it out all week.

I kept the fort exciting for days by doing a few simple things:

  • Filling the fort with new toys after every nap time.  First put in blocks, the next playtime- dollhouse furniture;  then LEGOs, then books…..
  • Bringing out the flashlights at night time.  Before bedtime, read a new book by flashlight in the fort.  The next night, make up stories with everyone participating.  the next night, make shadow puppets.
  • Climb in there yourself!  Everything is more fun when a parent comes and plays.  Get them started on a block tower that reaches to the “ceiling”.  Don’t be afraid to be silly or let your backside hang outside the blanket 🙂 (I’m always too big to get my whole body in.)  Your kids will think you are the coolest.


Happy fort building!  Remember to unplug everyday!


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