Building an Indoor Fort


Building an Indoor Fort

December 26, 2013

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In the Imagine a House exhibit, children use their imaginations to build structures and forts. Here is an opportunity to create an indoor fort on a rainy or snowy day.

Building an Indoor Fort

What You’ll Need:

  • Bedsheets
  • Blankets
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Pillows
  • Sofa Cushions
  • Snacks
  • Children’s Flashlights


Collect supplies and select a spot to build your indoor fort near a sofa, bed, or table.

What to Do:

  1. Clear an area around a sofa, bed, or table.
  2. Prop sturdy sofa cushions near the sofa or bed to form the walls of the fort. Use chairs, if necessary, to prop up the cushions.
  3. Build the roof by draping sheets over the walls.
  4. Put a smaller pillow on the floor between two upright sofa cushions to construct a window.
  5. Create a door with the simple and elegant drape of a sheet or blanket. Or build a tunnel entrance by tilting cushions together.
  6. Use cushions, blankets and cardboard boxes to make furniture.

Ideas for More:

  • Use a noisemaker for a doorbell.
  • Drape a sheet or blanket over a couch, table, bunk bed, or pool table.
  • Put some secret treasures inside the fort.
  • Create a phone with string and cans.
  • Find a rug for a welcome mat.
  • Furnish the fort with pillows or small rugs.
  • If a cardboard box is used, indoor pictures could be drawn on the cardboard walls to decorate.
  • Add a radio or iPod for music.

Length of Activity:

Set Up – 5 minutes if supplies are readily available
Assembling the Fort – 5 to 15 minutes

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