Fort Building – Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

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WEEK 4 – Puddle Splashing and Fort Building

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Continuation of our Week 4 where we managed to do two activities in one day, thanks to the rainy day. See Puddle Splashing here

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So pretty bored on a rainy evening, I asked if Lexi wanted to build a fort. What else did we have to do?

She gave me an enthusiastic YAY! even though I am not sure she knew what I meant. So we asked daddy to drag five dining room chairs into the living room and stripped the guest room off its fitted sheet. Of course the sheet didn’t stay, so I brought out the “classy and subtle” blue masking table and taped the sheet to the chairs.

The first thing Lexi wanted to do with the fort? Jump on its roof which destroyed it immediately. So after explaining that we can only be UNDER it, she climbed underneath and wanted to breastfeed. An obvious thing right? lol


After she had enough of her “boo-boo-boo”, she jumped up exclaiming “YAYA so HAPPY!” (Lexi is so happy!) and we started playing around underneath the fort. I make the “best faces” when playing with her (ugh!)


Then she ran away from me and hid under a blanket continuing the rough and tumble play, hence the pretend sad face.


We played more, she brought all her Daniel Tiger friends inside and pretended to take a nap with them under her blanket.

Pretty quickly she lost interest in being inside of the tent and wanted to “help mommy” with the chairs. She was SOOOO involved in the act of putting the table on the chairs just right that I almost think it should have been its own activity.

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Finally, she convinced us to let her fly onto the roof of the tent (we used to do that with her other tent) and you can see how happy that made her!


She spent the next 30 minutes playing with the tape and lining it up on the couch, so I am surely going to remember to use the tape as a distraction tool.


What I loved about this activity is that even though we started it as fort building and playing, it ended up being completely led by Lexi and her interest shifted on a totally unrelated subject- tape.

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  1. Backwards Day
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Backwards Day book tie in)
  2. Ride a pony/horse
    (Berenstain bears book tie-in)
  3. Go to the airport and watch the planes land.
    (Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book)
  4. Go to a music shop and explore the instruments
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in)
  5. Go to a train museum SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  6. Jump in Puddles (Weather contingent) (Hello, Fiends book) SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  7. Feed ducks at the park (Curious George book)
  8. Dance in the rain (Weather contingent) (Olivia book )
  9. Plant something from seed and watch it grow OR plant a garden
    (Curious George episode tie in,  Little Critter bookCurious George book)
  10. Climb a tree
  11. Gather shells (Berenstain Bears book)
  12. Ride a trolley (Daniel Tiger themed)
  13. Go to the lake to look for tadpoles
    (Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book tie in)
  14. Go on a scavenger hunt in the woods
    (Curious George episode tie in, another Curious George episode tie-in Berenstain bears: nature’s guide (this is a great book for a scavenger hunt and it rhymes)
  15. Fly a kite SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (a great rhyming Berenstain bears book, Curious George episodeLittle Critter book)
  16. Roast marshmallows by the fire
    (OLIVIA tie in)
  17. Play in the snow (Location contingent)
  18. Go to an aquarium
    (Berenstain Bears bookLittle Critter book, Curious George book)
  19. Have a picnic – complete with basket and red checkered blanket. (Berenstain Bears book – another great funny rhyming book)
  20. Lay out and look at stars (Curious George episode tie-in)
  21. Go camping unplugged (phones turned off)
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Curious George episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in, Curious George book tie-in,  OLIVIA book tie in other camping books)
  22. First movie theater movie (Curious George book)
  23. Go to a petting zoo!
  24. Listen to a thunderstorm (Weather contingent.)
    (Daniel Tiger Episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in)
  25. Have a Family Movie Night with snacks  SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  26. Run around the grass in a park, barefoot, as a family
  27. Pick fruit at a farm SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (Daniel Tiger episode , Curious George book)
  28. Make Snow/Sand Angels
  29. Make pinecone and peanut butter bird feeders and hang them in the yard
    (Curious George tie-in)
  30. Draw with chalk on the driveway/sidewalk
  31. paddle a canoe down the river
    (Curious George episode tie-in)
  32. visit a tidepool  (Weather contingent)
  33. Egg Dying (Curious  George book)
  34. Go to see a boat show (at Christmas)
  35. Go on a sunset cruise on a boat
    (Curious George episode tie in)
  36. Make giant bubbles in the yard SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  37. go to a waterpark
  38. go to  Botanical gardens
  39. Go bowling
    (Curious George episode , Curious George book)
  40. Jump on the bed/couch/furniture together (5 Little Monkeys bookSEE OUR WEEK HERE
  41. Get long newsprint/butcher’s  paper and trace/color your hands, feet and bodies!
  42. Make cookies together
  43. Play Hide and Seek
  44. Build a fort out of blankets and pillows (The Fort that Jack Built book)  SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  45. Go to the Zoo
    (Curious George episode, Curious George book)
  46. Go on a family bike ride through the woods
  47. Make newspaper planes
  48. Get a few giant cardboard boxes play pretend with them!
  49. play tennis
  50. play miniature golf
    (Curious George book)
  51. Ride a roller coaster SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (Curious George episode , Curious George book)
  52. Ride a train
    (Berenstain Bears book tie-in)


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  • Reply
    April 10, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    My kids don’t always love playing with forts either. It’s still something fun to do but it just doesn’t keep their interest very long.

  • Reply
    April 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    I absolutely love when toddler activities turn into something completely different. That is their creativity at work, and good for you, mama, for letting her go with it, even if it didn’t make for “good pictures” (she’s a cutie, but you know what I mean).

    I’m glad you guys decided to keep that pink tent (in the background) from Christmas. You can tell she really enjoyed it, and was probably sad when it was gone.

    Sorry you couldn’t get the links to work (was it not working on your end, or other people?) between that gone and the Instagram link up gone, I’m sad not to see a community come together for this.

    • Reply
      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      April 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Oh I don’t care about cute pictures, I love seeing her have fun! 🙂

      We aren’t keeping the tent, unfortunately, as much as it’s a great tent. I have nowhere else to put it until we donate it or something.

      The link-ups are annoying because I had to set them up each time and often would forget about them, but I trust that whoever wanted to do the project is doing it. I often forget that I have zero time, so I plan bigger things than I can handle and then am forced to take a step back. Too much enthusiasm I guess, and not enough time to follow through.

  • Reply
    April 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    You decided to keep the Christmas tent then? So glad, as Lexi loved it so much.

  • Reply
    April 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    We so could have done the rainy day puddle jumping today instead of the zoo trip that I planned lol

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