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Fun Winter Activity: Build A Fort

on December 27, 2012

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Home forts are a fun DIY indoor activity for the kids. Building a fort helps kids build creative and analytic skills. Kids are able to channel their  imagination and decorating skills. Let them create their own magical world!

What You Need:

  • furniture and cushions that are already in the room
  • pillows, blankets, sheets, extra chairs, heavy books and/or clothespins

What You Might Want:

  • string of fairy lights,
  • flashlights
  • snacks
  • books to read

Instructions:

1. Start with a large table or a couch — this will be your main structure.

2. Find the sturdiest cushions (usually the ones off your couch) to extend your structure walls. You can also use dining chairs and face them in or out. If you face them in, the seat becomes a little nook inside the fort, if you face them out, you will be able to hang a sheet over the chair and set books on top of the sheet on the seat of the chair to weigh it down and prevent your roof from sagging.

3. When you have your walls built, drape sheets over the whole structure to create a roof. Use clothespins to attach sheets if they are not big enough and use heavy books to anchor down the sides.

4. Line the interior of your fort with blankets and pillows so you have soft places to lie down.

5. Bring in flashlights or even string up fairy lights to help add ambiance and provide light to read by. Don’t forget to turn them off when not in use!

6. Bring in snacks and enjoy the day in your fort with the kids. This seems especially cozy on snow days.

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com, hopestudios.com

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