Making an inside fort room for kids is a great rainy day activity that can keep them entertained for hours, days and even weeks. Kids love to have their own little private spots. A hand-crafted fort room fits this bill. The construction can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. Best of all, it can usually be made with items that are already in the house, so there's no need to spend time and money going to the store.
- Furniture like chairs, ottomans, sofas and tables
- Furniture cushions and throw pillows
- Blankets or sheets
- Safety pins or binder clips
Pick the proper location. This will be dictated by how long you're willing for the fort to stay up and be used. A fort in the family room probably isn't practical as a long term hideaway because eventually someone is going to want to sit on the couch and watch television. But an out-of-the-way playroom creation could stay up for a long time without obstructing your home's general family areas.
Clear out a large area by arranging the furniture around the perimeter of the space you've chosen. Take any removable cushions and pillows off of the chairs and couches. These can be used to decorate the floor inside the fort.
Take safety pins or clips and secure the sheets to each other down the middle to create one gigantic covering that can be placed over the furniture and act as the roof and doors. Leave one area of the sheet unattached to serve as the "door" once the extra large sheet is in place.
Drape the sheet over the furniture, making sure it hangs down to the floor on all sides. Make certain the door--the area between the two sheets where they meet in the middle and fall to the ground--is positioned in a place where the kids have easy access to enter and exit.
Have the kids take the cushions, pillows and blankets inside the fort and arrange them like furniture. These items can be used as makeshift chairs, floors and beds. Children also can take other items like stuffed animals and games into the fort.
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