By: Jennifer Murray

Fun For a Buck: Building A Fort Inside With Sheets

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What kid doesn’t love making a fort out of furniture and sheets?  With just a few linens from the linen closet and a little furniture rearranging, you can create a secret hideaway for little imaginations.

making a fort inside

When I was little my mom used to put a sheet over our folding table, which became my little “house” for me and my baby dolls. Great childhood memories! My boys took a little bit of a different approach, making windows and flying toys off the “roof” with their feet. Either way, it was a switch from our daily activities and a fun distraction from our recent family illness.

building a fort with sheets 

There’s no “right way” to build a fort.  It can be a simplistic blanket over the dining room table, or you can use larger pieces of furniture to anchor a tent like structure.  Just be sure to move any smaller pieces of furniture or things that may get knocked over, out of the fort path.

inside a homemade fort

You can secure the sheets by tucking them under the furniture, using heavy books or clothes pins, or even by attaching the sheet to the ceiling via 3M strips. (This is where the “Buck” comes in for any securing supplies you might need!) Be creative!

hiding under the sheets

Just don’t forget the pillows, blankets, favorite toys, and flashlights!

Do YOU make forts with your kids?  What are some of your tips and tricks for building forts inside?

Need more indoor winter activity ideas?  Give these a try:

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10 Responses to “Fun For a Buck: Building A Fort Inside With Sheets”

  1. AmazingGreis
    February 16, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I wanna play!!!

    They are so cute, love those smiles!

  2. Shelly Coulter
    February 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    We often play this at our house. Throw a few sheets over the kitchen table and my boys are thrilled. Last week I came home to my hubby building a two story fort. Every sheet and clothespin we owned was in our living room…with our dining room table. Sheets were hung from the ceiling fan. It was crazy and the boys loved it!

  3. Barbara Manatee
    February 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    how funny…this has been our new fun activity here, too! Even our littlest one will run to the stairs and yell “Bankets!” and then go under the ‘tent’ and he’ll (so cutely) say “hide seek! peek boo!”

  4. Kim
    February 17, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    We do this a lot, but you are waaaay cooler than I am. I dont let them use the whole living room.

  5. thefarmerfiles
    February 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I need to do this more. I used to do this all of the time growing up in an all girl house and I have hardly done it in my all boy house!

  6. Joan
    February 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Now that’s the perfect rainy day entertainment.. we are in for it the next few days! Thanks for the idea! =D

  7. Ashley Pichea
    February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    LOVED making forts as a kid! I really should try this with my kids some rainy day… 🙂

  8. Carey
    February 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Ok, sheets are a GREAT idea! Cuz my kids take blankets from everywhere in the house, including beds. Makes for a lot of bed re-making. I’m gonna have to suggest that next time they ask me for extra sheets. They love forts. I used to as a kid too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for encouraging us on Valentines. I appreciate it.

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