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How to Build a Blanket Fort

SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TIMELESS ACTIVITY!

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A classic blanket fort is perfect for providing kids with a safe-feeling spot during stressful times. It can also create a fun space for pretend play and encourage imagination.
What You'll Need
  •  Chairs or stools 

  •  Blankets or sheets 

  •  Books 

  •  Couch cushions 

  •  Pillows 

  •  String lights

What to Do

1. Start on a carpet or lay down a blanket for a comfy base. Place a stool or chair in each corner of the space that you want your fort to take up.

   2. Lay a sheet or blanket over the chairs. Pile books on the chairs to hold the sheet or blanket in place.

3.  Add more sheets or blankets to the “roof” to cover the sides of the fort.

4. Use couch cushions or big pillows to build up the “walls.” Add more pillows and decorate with string lights for maximum coziness!
Tips: 
  • Use lightweight sheets and blankets to avoid collapse. 

  • Use binder clips, clothespins, or hair clips to hold up string lights. 

  • Don’t have enough chairs? Lay a sheet over a table instead! Just make sure the  
    table is tall enough so that you and your kids don’t bump your heads. 

  • Make this pretend campfire and s’mores to enhance the indoor camping experience!

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Bring your child’s stuffed animals, puzzles, coloring books, and other favorite quiet-time activities into the fort. Put on some soothing music and encourage him to use the cozy fort as a calm, chill-out space. 

Older kids: Help your child be the architect with fun fort add-ons. Encourage her to think up ways to make the fort taller or wider. Or use big cardboard boxes to create tunnels and passageways.