Forts & Tents

As the school holidays draw to a close, here’s what the big one has been up to since she turned 4 – building tents and forts:

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This was her first effort using 4 of our sofa cushions.  She wanted a roof and a door, but the door kept falling off, so she reverted to the good old tent shape for her next build:

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These were declared too small though, so more sofa cushions were drafted in, and a whole new design was invented.  Tricky to build, but much larger, and with a handy peel back roof:

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She is actually in there.  With 4 princess dolls, her Woody doll, and a soft toy dog…

This kept her occupied for at least an hour, if not longer.  Which is a very long time for a young lady who normally changes activity every 15 minutes.  I think we might have a budding architect on our hands.

I remember doing this with my sister as a child, although we didn’t have nice plump cushions to work with.  We used to make a fort using two kitchen chairs and an old sheet or blanket.  We’d play in there for hours, or just escape the madness with a good book.  Later, when we were allowed to venture further than the front garden, we built amazing forts with neighbourhood kids in the middle of wild blackberry bushes, and had our own little wooden Wendy House in the back garden.  It’s a lovely feeling to see my own child using her imagination and ingenuity in the same way and I can’t wait until her sister is old enough to join in, to see what creations they come up with.  In the meantime, I might get her a tent to play with in the garden…

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