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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…


“Mummy, when I am 4 can I go to Princessland?
Where is that?
It’s under the water and it is melting.  It’s made from snow.
How do you get there?
You get on a sailing boat and you take your own snow.
How do you breathe if it’s under water?
You get a boat with a roof on it and you wear your swim suit.  And your swim suit has a hat, and you have a net on your face so the fish can’t get in.
And what princesses are there?
Belle, and Rapunzel.  And a Care Bear with a pink ribbon round her neck.   And Elsa – Anna and Elsa.  And there’s a Disney castle you can go in and all the princesses are there.
It sounds expensive.  How much does it cost?
Seven.  Seven moneys.
OK, well that’s a bit expensive.  We’ll have to save up.
But there are children there who are five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. And four.  Can I go when I am four?  There’s fire that goes in and out and you take a picnic and there is a beach under the water and you eat your picnic there.
Where does the fire come from?
A dragon.  It’s tiny.  It’s this small (holds fingers together.)  It is a man dressed up but tiny.
OK, but will it not all melt before you are four?
No, that’s why you take your own snow.  It’s melting but you take your own snow and build it back up again.  And Elsa is there.
OK love, let’s go when you’re four.  It sounds brilliant.
Can I watch Paw Patrol?”