You know how Summer hasn’t even really properly started and now we’re experiencing torrential rain and it’s apparently sticking around for a week or so? Yeah, that sucks!
Yesterday we got tooooootally drenched walking from school up to where our car was parked and when the kids got home, all they wanted to do was get dry and put on their PJ’s. Which was fortunate because we have some pretty cute new PJ’s from Cotton On Kids. Once everyone was decked out in their new threads, we ran straight to the playroom and whipped up a little fort so the babes could snuggle together as their big sister read them stories. I should have been off fixing a hearty afternoon tea spread, but instead I hung around and snapped pictures because – who could resist these slippers?! I mean, reversible sequins! And wolf faces!
My six year old is obsessed with making huts, but they usually involve intricate entry points that require climbing, shimmying under and squeezing oneself into a pretzel to make it to a dark hiding place. My aim for this exercise was to create a more free-form space that all three kids could just lax in and leave from freely when they had had enough, or when a tantrum erupted because they didn’t want that one book to be read! #youknowwhatImean
So, here’s my simple suggestion for ways to whip up a Reading Fort – or iPad playing fort, or TV watching fort – or whatever yours would like to use it for.
- Take one of your duvet covers and pin a short side to where you would like the top of your ‘fort’ to be. Repeat on the other side of the corner with your other duvet cover, pin wherever you need to to get the desired draping and allow the length of fabric to hang to the ground.
- Spread your third duvet cover on the ground as this will become the ground cover that everyone will sit on.
- Around the walls of the corner, using the walls for support, place your pillows so kids can relax back into them.
- Drape seed lights around the top of the tent structure, taking care not to dislodge the pins.
- Turn on night light and instruct PJ’d children to sit back and relax
No one wanted to get dressed. And in fact, I should have probably put my PJ’s on too.
* thanks to our friends at Cotton on Kids for the new PJ’s and bedwear. You can shop the range here.