The past few days have been perfect fort-building weather here in NH. The temperature is blanket appropriate and fleece and soft socks have come out to join us. What better time to build a fort and cozy up for some stories?
Here’s how I did it:
We used chairs from the arts and crafts table, the shopping cart, the princess castle and the floor chair. The first day of building I used a heavier blanket and “weights” (our library bag filled with books, pillows, a Boppee and heavier blankets) to secure the “roof” blanket. I liked the heavier blanket because it was really dark and cozy inside. It was somewhat successful but fell easily. I found a box that thought would act as roof support, but Noodle quickly employed it as her door. It was great to see her using it like that! I love when I have an idea for something practical and she has a total different idea. It is amazing to watch her creative process and get to see her brain at work!
Today when I built the fort I used a much thinner blanket and bag clips- like for keeping chips from going stale. I keep a bag of them in my kitchen and rarely use them for their actual purpose. Every once in a while I consider getting rid of the bag, but on account of it not taking up too much space, keep it. Today I was glad I have them. They were a perfect addition to our fort-building and fine-motor skill builder. Noodle loved pinching them onto the blanket.
Both kids had such a fun time exploring in and around the fort. Noodle really got into building and loved the addition of scarf walls. We will definitely be doing this…everyday.