Blanket forts leave many of us with a sense of nostalgia. Recreate it with your children and grandchildren.
With the lockdown in place, many of you might be familiar with the word "boredom." It would be surprising if you didn't hear your children, yourself, or partner yelling this word out at least once a day. Well, nobody can be blamed. Once upon a time, you had plans to make and places to go but for the past few days or months, sunbathing at your backyard is the closest to an outing you have had. Therefore, it is important for us to find new activities.
As parents and grandparents, you may need to step up your game. If you don't know how, IKEA Russia has the perfect way to bring out the hidden creativity and fun in you. The company has come up with some interesting structure ideas with indoor furniture that will remind you of your childhood days. You can set these simple structures anywhere in the house or the backyard.
These structures are nothing but pillow and bedsheet forts that many of you might have made as a child. Looking back, you might remember the times you hid inside after mischief or invited a friend over for a playdate inside your tent. So, this is your chance to recreate those fun times with your children or grandchildren.
"Build a house with [your children.] Yes, just as you did in your childhood, which you built from stools, blankets, and everything that came to hand. They went on to say, We have prepared instructions for creating houses - from the classic Vigwam or Wigwam which is a traditional Native American tent to the unexpected Nora or Cave," said the company on its Instagram page, according to Metro.
The company provides customers with six unique designs that will surely interest your child. The options include a castle, fortress, wigwam, house, cave, and camping tent. The disclaimer states that parents should ensure the safety of the structures before allowing the children to use it. It also adds that the kids should not be left unattended, according to Metro.
The first model is a spacious tent built under the solid frame of a table. Two big sheets are attached with clothes pegs on top and the sheets are kept in place with heavy books. The interiors can be decorated with IKEA's solar-powered Solvinden lamp and a teddy.
The second model Vigwåm recommends using IKEA's Tjusig coat stand that is already shaped like a teepee fort. The two sheets are then tied together on the top with books supporting it from below. You can use fairy lights or LED lights to decorate the entrance of the tent.
Palatka which is the next model means "tent" in Russian. The model which looks like a tent can be made using IKEA's Mulig clothing rack or something of similar structure. The method of building is very similar to the other two models. All you need to do is to hold two sheets together with clothes pegs and keep them down with the help of books. You can make your interiors cozy with fluffy pillows and sheets. You can also add lights to brighten it up.
The next two models are a bit more complicated than the above. The Fortress or Krepost is made using IKEA's Landskrona couch cushions. It forms a protective outer wall while sheets are used on top to form a small room inside. The Castle or Zamok is the most elaborate of the three. You will need four chairs, one coat rack, and two sheets. Once you set it up, don't forget to decorate your interiors.
These ideas are already a hit with many. "We just did this with our 4th & 5th graders! They made forts with Zoom on and we had a virtual campfire (easy enough to find on YouTube), sing along, scary story, and microwave s’mores. The best hour of the week!" said one.
Another stated, "Did this as a child and loved it. Tried it with my kids last week and all they did was pull the blanket down repeatedly to the point I got irritated and gave up. No imagination any more."