Build a Fort

Couch cushions and blankets –

Rocking horses and throw pillows –

These are just the beginning of a fabulous fort. 

I used to cringe every time my boys asked to use the couch cushions and blankets. My brain would jump to the horrible mess and inevitable furniture rearrangement that every fort requires. But since realizing that fort building brings giant smiles and endless laughter, I’ve given up caring and push the neat mommy into a corner for a few hours. 

Our forts vary in complexity from simply draping a sheet over a couple of cushions to complex fortresses with bedrooms and living spaces. No matter what type of fort you build remember you are making memories, building planning skills and problem solving along the way. 

P.S. I always win bonus points for having a snack they can eat in the fort ready for when the fort it complete!