Blanket Fort Essentials

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Blanket Fort Essentials

I’m not sure how many blanket forts we have built since having kids.

Pete and I joke that we are blanket fort pros at this point… and I think we kind of like that title! We can throw up an awesome fort in less time than it takes to decide what to eat for dinner (which by the way takes way longer than it should.)

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What we have learned is that these are the essentials you need to have on hand to have an awesome blanket fort:

  1. Blankets. Not too heavy and as big as you can find them. We ended up using about 3 of them.
  2. Pajamas for everyone. You can’t hang out in a fort without putting pajamas on!
  3. Kids snacks. Snacking in a fort doesn’t get any more fun! We have been enjoying Goldfish® Puffs in our forts. And by we, I mean all of us. From the 5 year old to the 12 year old and me too (I’m not adding my age!). They are really tasty and fun to eat! They are puffed up, extra crunchy and packed with big, bold flavor. The Snack that Smiles Back®
  4. Activities. Books, games and coloring pages galore! When we build forts at night we also bring more blankets and pillows for cuddling!

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Goldfish Puffs are a great snack that kids love to eat and play with.

We make it easy for them to move the Goldfish Puffs around the fort by putting a serving size in a container for easy snacking! I was surprised to learn that Goldfish Puffs are gluten free too.

blanket fort fun

Once we get our forts built we always start with coloring.  

We get those big sheets of drawings and they tear off a couple of them each time we make a fort. It also helps that we keep a little bag with some basic crayon colors nearby. This helps with cleanup too!

what you need to build a fort tent

And then we do some snacking… 

reading in a fort tent

Followed up with some reading… and the goldfish listened too, or so they told me…

fort blanket games

After that the girls played a good game of cards.

Don’t let the little one fool you. She looks sweet and innocent, but she plays cards like an expert! She’s got mad natural skills! Each time one of the girls won or scored a point they got to eat one Goldfish Puff. I love how they came up with that idea themselves! It’s amazing what kids can create and do if given the right tools and time to just be kids and play!

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How often do you build blanket forts?

Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. It’s all about the snacks for my boys, too. Blanket forts are a regular thing in my house 🙂

  2. Blanket forts are a right of passage as a child, but I totally hate it as an adult. I want my couch back! LOL, but seriously, its really something all kids do and I should lighten up a bit about it and let them just be kids. Those goldfish puffs look good. I’ll have to pick some up on my next shopping trip.

  3. Building a blanket fort and pulling all the essentials together for some fun is a must during the summer! There’s always few rainy days that are perfect for it!

  4. That looks like pretty much the perfect blanket fort! What a perfect way to spend the afternoon. I think as a mom I would love to do the same!

  5. We Love making blanket forts here. It brings out the child in me! We love to eat in it too and then play a few games. Your kids are going to have SUCH great memories as they get older! 🙂

  6. How fun! We love making blanket forts. In fact, this is our favorite activity on Friday nights.

  7. Blanket forts and tents are so much fun. Not too long ago, I indulged in one with my nephew. His was this double decker couch cushion fort that I could actually fit comfortably inside. We watched TV from underneath it.

  8. My sisters no I used to do this when we were little! It was so much fun! My boys aren’t much on forts, maybe I can change that with some snacks!

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