Our homes have become the hub of all our activity during the Covid-19 outbreak. School, work, exercise, cinema, and date nights now all take place in some shape or form under our own roofs. While it’s one thing trying to adjust to working from home rather than in an office, it’s an even bigger disruption for our kids. At the moment, they can’t see their friends, learn from their teachers, or visit the playground.
We’ve previously suggested five boredom busters for children, and now we have one that all us parents will no doubt remember doing as kids! Building a blanket fort is easy, takes up plenty of time, and offers a perfect little escape—you could even use it for a date night with a difference when the kids have headed off to bed.
Everything listed are simple household items that you’ll already have on hand.
You will need:
- A table, or two to six chairs to create the structure, depending on how large you want the fort to be
- A large light blanket/sheet to create the roof and walls
- A heavier blanket for the floor
- Cushions or pillows to make the floor comfy and cosy
- Books, colouring books, board games, toys, or iPad for entertainment
- Picnic or tent ground sheet for extra insulation
- Pegs to help create a ‘doorway’
- Fairy lights to add some ambience
- Pegs or clips to hang fairy lights
- Wooden or timber slats to act as extra beam support
- Air mattress or sleeping bags
1. Pick an area of your garden with plenty of space. If you’re building your fort indoors, re-arrange your furniture to give plenty of floor space
2. Place your table or chairs, backs facing each other and at your desired distance, for the structure. Use sticks or timber for extra support if necessary
3. Drape your sheet/light blanket over the top to create the roof and walls
4. Put the heavier blanket on the bottom to create a comfy floor
5. If using wooden slats or sticks for extra support, place around the interior edges of the fort
6. Add your cushions/pillows for extra comfort
7. Add your toys/games for entertainment
8. Place any additional items like fairy lights, glow sticks, night lights or snacks
- If making your fort outdoors, it’s a good idea to place a ground sheet or a mat for extra insulation
- Placing a fitted sheet over your ‘roof and wall’ sheets is a good way of keeping everything in place
- You can place books or similar heavy objects on the ends of your sheets to keep them from drooping in the centre of the fort
- Use clothes pegs to create a ‘doorway’ by pinning back your sheets
- Set your fort up facing your TV so the whole family can have a movie night together, with the kids cosied up inside
The Covid-19 outbreak is a stressful and confusing time for us all so it’s important to be kind to yourself as best you can. Try our five-minute mindfulness exercises at home to help keep stress levels down.
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