Blankets provide your family with warmth, but they can also be used to spark imaginative play. The power of imagination is incredible. Do you remember placing a blanket over chairs or a table and creating a secret fort when you were a kid? Children can still use these items to create forts but they could also use many toys found in their playroom to create these magical hangouts. Here are some toys that we thought would make some pretty cool forts:
A large blanket can be placed over top of the climber and kids can pretend to be camping out in a tent in the desert or in a rocket ship ready for takeoff. Little ones can also place a blanket on top of the platform, stairs and slide to crawl underneath and pretend they are at the bottom of a ship or hanging out underground.
Place a blanket over the table and this fort can fit two small kids underneath. You can supply your children with a flashlight and they can tell each other stories during a sleepover! For extra room, place chairs on each side and kids can spread out to enjoy the comfort of their brand new fort.
As always, Step2 recommends adult supervision during playtime. What toys have your children placed blankets over to create a fort?
Bring the picnic inside on a rainy day!
Toys featured in this picture: Home Depot® Sizzle & Smoke Grill and Naturally Playful Picnic Table with Umbrella
Are you ready for some artistic and creative fun? Well, so are we! That’s why we made a chalk and dry erase board table out of one of our table and chair sets for kids. You and your little artists will have a blast crafting this table. This table is great for your children’s fine motor skills and can enhance their drawing and writing abilities. Let’s get started:
- Gather your materials:
- Put the newspaper underneath the table, chairs and paints. Remove lids from the paints and begin stirring.
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions to prepare the paint.
- Use painter’s tape to create a divide in the middle of the table.
- Tape all four sides of table.
- Sand down the entire table with sand paper.
- Paint the chalk board paint onto one side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
- Paint the dry erase board paint onto the other side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
- Tape the front of the chairs and paint one chair with chalkboard paint and the other with dry erase paint (this step is optional)*.
- We also painted the back of the chairs.
- Let paint cure for three days before applying any chalk or markers. After the three days you can remove the tape from where you feel is necessary (we left the tape in the middle of the table to distinguish that each side of the table is different and tape on the fronts of the chairs).
- Let the drawing fun begin!
Check out all the awesome ways you can draw on this chalk and dry erase board table and chairs:
*Painting the front and back of the chairs with chalk and dry erase board paint is optional. We wanted to show all the different ways your kids could draw on the table and chairs set. However, if you do decide to paint the front of the chairs, we recommend your child wears clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If they sit all the way back on the chairs, they could get chalk or dry erase marker on their clothes.
Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the products featured in this blog post.