Many of our little friends have great cubby houses and forts in their backyards which are lots of fun to visit. We live on a steep slope, so a wooden structure is unlikely to happen in our yard! If budget, space or terrain prevents you from building a fort, it doesn’t mean your kids can’t have a cubby. How about this idea?
We chose a spot in our yard where several trees are grouped together close to the fence. I ran string around to define the little house, keeping the string line above the height of little heads to avoid injuries! Then we pegged on old curtains and other fabric to hang down for walls. Voila!
There are many advantages to this kind of cubby house. I could easily watch my daughter to ensure her safety while keeping my distance and allowing her the freedom to play independently. It cost, um, nothing. The blue curtains were already in the linen cupboard and the other material was in my fabric box. It took ten minutes tops to set up, and was a cinch to pack up. The string is still there for next time. The only downside was that my daughter was a little frustrated by her flimsy walls when the breeze picked up!
We had lunch in the little house. We read stories in the little house. We played and giggled and made-believe in the little house. Everyone should have a little house of their own, don’t you think? Have your kids built any little cubby houses?