I stumbled upon them at our local toy store Geppetto’s Toy Box. They are wonderful little components that provide ways to attach, for example cardboard boxes together or attach a hinge to a piece of cardboard.
Our daughter and a friend built this impressive structure out of Makedo parts, cardboard boxes, garden stakes, clothespins and our fort cozy.
They spent the afternoon in it in our backyard playing cards and games. The even thought to make a peephole and cover it with black fabric so they could be on the lookout should they hear any suspicious activity in the vicinity.
When her friend had to go home Sophie asked if she could spend the night with Bill in it. Our yard is frequented by a family of five possums and three raccoons so she thought that Daddy would be best equipped to keep the wildlife at bay during the night. World’s Greatest Daddy put Ridgerests in the bottom of the fort to ensure comfy sleeping and Sophie filled it with sleeping bags and her favorite stuffed animals. The fort withstood some evening breezes and even a light misty rain that landed a few drops of water on their heads as they slept but not enough to make them want to come inside.
Morning came and Bill took some hot chocolate and the iPad out to the fort so Sophie could listen to an audiobook while we made breakfast.
Our cat Mies beat me to the fort and made himself at home when I arrived with two plates of waffles. We ate our waffles, listened to Ella Enchanted on the iPad in our pajamas in the backyard until 9:30. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer.