We finally took on Day 2′s Challenge: Build A Fort from the 30 days to Hands on Play challenge hosted by the Imagination Tree & Hands on: As We Grow.

 

Open up your child's imagination by creating a fort with fairy lights. Lessons Learnt Journal.

 

Fort with Fairy Lights

 
N&M  just got their new beds on the weekend. It was such a great structure for our fort.

 
I strung up our fairy lights underneath the top bunk  and hung a blanket over the side to make an entrance for their fort.

 
What an invitation to play! A fort, fairy lights and a dimly lit room.

 
Of course, the invitation to play was keenly embraced.

 

Open up your child's imagination by creating a fort with fairy lights. Lessons Learnt Journal.

 
Children morph into who they want to be within their pandora’s box that is the fort.

 
N&M called the fort their “cave”. They didn’t want to call it their castle because they didn’t have a princess in it, (they looked and looked but couldn’t find her). So their fort became a cave.

 
N changed into a dragon. ”ROAR!”

 

Open up your child's imagination by creating a fort with fairy lights. Lessons Learnt Journal.

 
Where there is a dragon, there needs to be a dragon slayer. It’s biblical.

 
M’s weapon of choice was a gun. The gun had flashing lights which added some extra fun in a dim cave.

 

Open up your child's imagination by creating a fort with fairy lights. Lessons Learnt Journal.

 
Forts open up a child’s imagination. I’m not sure what it is about the make-shift shelter, but forts in their various ingenious designs create walls of security for play.

 
Long live the humble play fort!

 

N&M: 3 years, 5 months

November 2011

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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.