Day 2 of the 30 days of Hands on Play and today’s challenge is

Today’s Challenge:  Build a Fort!

Spend [at least] 15 minutes today building a fort with the kids, letting them lead. Play and let their imagination run with it.

When we did this before I used cushions and sheets in the lounge and set up a little fort for us where we read books. This time I let J take the lead and where J goes T follows.

Homemade fort
Our rain forest and mountain inside our homemade fort

I gave choices of where he wanted to play – he decided in his bedroom (not a normal place for play for us at all) and I said we’re going to build a fort. Well the fort building worked but it wasn’t a fort for us – instead J decided it was the rain forest and a large bean bag from his room was a mountain.

dinosaur toy
One of the fierce creatures in our fort

He got out his safari and dinosaurs and set them up under the rain forest roof and we got playing. T joined in and then decided it was more fun to run around our fort with a pterodactyl roaring and then dragging the box into the fort and pretending to be in a boat.

baby playing in homemade fort
T in her boat in the rain forest

We played for ages and when tired put it away to play another day and sat on his bed reading his books.

homemade fort
J playing in the rain forest fort
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. Looks like you had a fun time its great to see how imaginative J is and how T follows him. I love the way he talks to himself as he’s playing.

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