30 Days to Hands on Play : Build a Fort!

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Today is a simple, easy task that every one can do with whatever they have on hand.
And every child I know loves building forts!

Building it is almost more fun than playing in it, so let the kids take part in that as well!
Let them lead you where to place objects, such as blankets, tables, cushions, pillows, etc.
Their imaginations will be running before you know it.

Henry created rooms for us to sleep in, added pillows to each of our rooms so we had beds.
Then we all did our bedtime routine and read books and pretended to sleep!

Before long, Henry was adding more objects to our fort play.
The flashlight, in particular, is super fun in a dark fort!

Spend (at least) 15 minutes of uninterrupted time building a fort, and playing in it, with your kids!


  • blankets
  • sheets
  • couch cushions (and the couch!)
  • tables (card table, end table, etc)
  • pillows (either to hold blankets in place, or to use as imaginary play)
  • objects, or toys, to add to your child’s imagination!

Please share what your fort became today (and what you used to build it), here in the comments, and be inspired by more ideas on The Play Network.

This ‘Challenge’ is meant to get you started, to spark your creativity with your kids (and their creativity!). I’m excited to see where this activity takes you and your kids today!

Tomorrow, The Imagination Tree has your challenge for Day 3!
Be sure to sign up to receive reminders for the 30 Days to Play Hands on Challenge:

Here’s a badge for you to share that you’re taking part in the Play Challenge!
Share it and be proud to play!

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Yesterday was the kickoff to the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge, so if you missed that, see what this challenge is all about and how you can join in!

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  1. [email protected] says

    We finally built our fort and had so much fun. Thanks for the inspiration. http://lessonslearntjournal.com/?p=1618#

  2. says

    hi there jamie,

    i love your blog. i have subscried to your email and joined the 30 day hands on play challenge.
    i will also be sharing your great work on my blog and will be linking back to this blog as i go through the 30 day challenge. thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your methods. they are so useful and so enriching. thanks for helping us to be better moms. more power to you, your family, and your blog :)

    • Jamie says

      Oh thank you. I look forward to reading how you go through the challenge. I can’t really be credited to helping you become a better mom, just giving you some tools to do so. You’re already a great mom just for wanting to do it.

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