4 Tips On DIY Fort KITS: Promoting Creative Play
The Fort Building KIT
Here is a fun idea. How about a Fort Building Kit? King sized sheets, rope, and clothes pins. I couldn't
get over the greatness of this idea. I decided to make a Fort Building Kit for all three of my kids (now I have a 4th little one). I made them for Christmas, but why wait until then. I think they would be a great way to kick off the Spring/Summer season. Here is the cute video on how to create your fort kits
Ok, so I love the cute colors and all but I went to a thrift store to find my sheets and king-size sheets come in only so many super fun prints. Here are my added tips from my experience.
1. I would use a lot more ribbon so the ties can fit around larger object or can reach farther to be tied.
2. I would also use a white cotton rope or nylon rope for ease of tying. The rustic looking rope if fun looking but my kids (5 and 9 at the time) would get frustrated because the rope pictured does not hold a simple knot very well.
3. I will also suggest doing more than one sheet. I did one for each child so they could build larger forts adn so each kids had their own if they wanted their own tent each to sit under.. I am thinking about 4 to 5.
4. A pillowcase could work as the bag to hold the fort kit. I did not do this last time. Pillow cases are a little bigger than the bags I made and make it easier for little hands to put then away. Plus it would save you sewing time and it would be easy to add a draw string.
The video creator (Heather) also shared that she put hooks up in the bedroom and/or play room for her kids to tie the ropes to.
Fort KITS For Christmas
I was so excited about these that I also made the for my nephews for Christmas and they loved them. They would also make great birthday gifts. Now if you have a daughter don't sell her short of the experience of building her own forts. She may not want to prtend that she is on a battle field but she could play house, pretend she is a war nurse, pretend to be Sacagawea on the Lewis and Clark expedition, create her own fairy house and so much more.
Here is what you will need