Michael Galvin's Blog
Every child should experience the joys of building and hanging out in a blanket fort. The lights shining through the blankets giving a blast of color to everything inside... the art of balancing a broomstick just right to stop the whole thing from falling over... the laughter from when it finally does collapse on you. Blanket forts are a blast. It's a way to go camping right inside your house, it's a way to have fun on a rainy day, and it's a way to escape from the reality of your home for a bit. If you weren't fortunate enough to experience a blanket fort as a kid you can start now. Gather your children, your supplies, and start building. Here's everything you need to know about building the world's greatest blanket fort.
SuppliesThe best part about blanket forts is that you can build them with whatever you have at hand. There are a few items, however, that will make your fort structurally sound. The bare necessities are:
- Blankets (as many as possible)
- Sofa cushions (you'll want to stack these to make a crawl-through doorway)
- Chairs (to toss the blankets over; these are the bones of your fort)
- Broom sticks or any other tall pole (to raise the roof)
- Something to clip blankets with
- Lighting. Bring flashlights, christmas lights, black lights, or a lantern inside your fort to illuminate the fun activities you can do inside.
- Games. Once inside your fort you're not just going to lay there (until bed time anyway). Bring in board games, Jenga, or whatever you have laying around.
- Friends. Stuffed animals, dolls, action figures... make it a party.
- Sleeping bags. If your fort makes it through the night you'll want something comfy to sleep in.
- Food. You can't have the campfire but you can have the S'mores. Cook them in the microwave or toaster oven and eat them inside the fort.
- Laptop. This is strictly for movies, not for Facebook.