Do your kids love building forts on a rainy day? Mine do! When the weather starts turning cold and wet, we find ourselves spending a lot of time building forts in the playroom. For my kids, there is nothing better than raiding the linen closet for as many blankets, sheets and pillows they can carry.
Their imaginations never cease to amaze me. I can leave them for just a few minutes (usually to go wrangle up a snack) and when I return they have constructed a fort of epic proportions. They use the couch, chairs, brooms, tape and twine. As they disappear into the recesses of their fort with their snacks and flashlights, I find myself asking the same question:
“How did they get so good at this?”
When they were younger, I found myself doing absolutely everything for them. Unfortunately, when it came to fort building, my skills consisted of throwing a blanket over the top of a too-small box that neither of them fit in. I’m not sure when it happened, but as they grew they learned some pretty impressive fort building skills…most likely by trial and error.
Luckily, I followed my instincts to step back and let them figure things out for themselves. Now when they ask me to do something for them, I tell them I don’t know how to do it – but I would love if they could teach me to do it. I have noticed that this approach helps build their self confidence and makes them self sufficient. For our latest fort building endeavor, I showed them this graphic from Wayfair depicting how to build the ultimate Dreadship Blanket Fort. I told them I would definitely need their help with this one because it looked a little complicated.
They jumped in with their favorite blanket, sheets, pillows and stuffed animals. Once the Dreadship Blanket Fort was built, they went to work dressing up their toys as pirates and prisoners. As they put the finishing touches on their fort, I retreated to the kitchen to make them some popcorn and hot chocolate.
When I returned, the fort was complete and they excitedly showed me how easy it was to build! If you are looking for a new cozy blanket for your kid’s next fort, I highly recommend the Lush Decor Line at Wayfair and their assortment of throw blankets. My kids love snuggling under it with a good book.
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