Keep Them Busy By Building A Fort

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Fort building is what childhood memories are made of. Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s story! #PopSecretForts

Keeping the boys entertained this winter has become a challenge since we can’t comfortably spend hours outdoors exploring. I am totally serving major side eye from the Midwest to my friends in the south. While we can’t cuddle up in tents on the beach we can create an indoor experience. Who remembers building forts as a child? Some of my fondest childhood memories were those of fort constructing and cozy-ing with friends. We would use my bunked as a frame, draping blankets around the perimeter, leaving an opening big enough to view the tv. Snacks were the perfect accompaniment to our linen camp.


Last night, we let the boys create a fort in their room. Jayden has a loft bed, so it made for the perfect frame. We hung up blankets and tucked them into crevices.


The boys brought in a few smaller blankets, pillows, and some stuffed animals and of course the Kindle to enjoy a few episodes of their favorite shows.


Jax completed their pad with his beloved lantern and I brought in some popcorn (c/o Pop Secret) for them to munch on.


They stayed in their hideaway for hours, giving me some much needed time to do some work. When we went to check in on them, we discovered that Jax had gotten so cozy that he’d fallen asleep! I’d call our Monday night fort building a success!


Do you have memories of building forts as a child? How often do your children build them?

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Annie {Stowed Stuff} February 17, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    My kids love making forts too! Especially on snow days!

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  • Laura Funk February 12, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Love the fort, the lantern and your little one are too cute! Love PopSecret!

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  • Debi February 11, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    We love making forts. We made one from one end of the living room to the other one time

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  • Kerri February 11, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    With all the snow we have had, we have made many a indoor fort this season too. THe girls love it and they play in their creation so nicely.

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  • Melissa Vera February 11, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Oh how I miss the days when my girls were smaller and we do simple things like building a fort.

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  • Trisha February 11, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    My daughter would love building a fort! Sounds like the perfect snow day activity.

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  • Janeane Davis February 11, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Children do enjoy building forts and playing in them.

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  • Lois Alter Mark February 10, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Building a fort is such a great childhood activity. Adding popcorn to the mix takes it to a whole new level!

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  • Kristin February 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    My kids love building forts too. It’s a great way to help keep them entertained. and adding a movie in the fort is always a plus.

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  • Debbie Denny February 10, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Aww forts and popcorn. Guaranteed a good time.

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  • aida ingram February 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    This brings back some precious and wonderful memories for me, the smiles on their faces are classic. Oh how wonderful it is to watch, I love this.

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  • Mama to 5 BLessings February 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    My kids love indoor camps, although we could probably camp here all year long since we live in Florida. Looks like your kids enjoyed themselves !

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  • becca February 10, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Building a fort is awesome. The best part is getting to sit inside and hide in your own world.

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  • Liz Mays February 10, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    I always thought it was really cute when my kids built forts. Forts, popcorn, stuffed animals and a movie make for a great movie night.

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  • Lorane February 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    I love Forts! They are so cool to set up with Kids in a Black out or when it rains. Clean up is a pain but its worth it with those smiley faces

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  • Pam February 10, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    My kids always loved building forts when they were bored! Nothing like a blanket fort and some popcorn to cure rainy day boredom.

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  • Danyelle February 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Building a fort is a kids right of passage – it’s a must!

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  • maria @ closetohome February 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    we have not been hit by the snow storms and the kids have been able to go outside but yours sure look like they are making the most of movie time.

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  • Jess Weaver February 10, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Forts are so much fun. My boys enjoy them!

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  • Debbie L. February 10, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    I know we need things to distract us from a long cold winter. Living in Wisconsin – we are always looking for new ideas to spent bitter cold winter day

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  • lisa February 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    We love building forts! It makes everything that much more fun!

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  • Jennifer B February 10, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Fort building is one of our favorite things to do on a rainy or cold day! It’s always so much fun!

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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 10, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    My kids love to build forts out of blankets and pillows. It’s so much fun!

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  • Samantha Sopia February 6, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    I love your photos, I feel as if I’m right there with your little guys playing and munching!

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  • Becka January 28, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Oh I love your pictures! Very creative. They look like they really enjoyed their popcorn!

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