Remember how much fun it was to build a blanket fort in the living room? So do I! Although you don’t really need anything more than some blankets and something to hold them up to create a classic blanket fort, here are 10 toys and accessories that can take your blanket fort to the next level of AWESOME.
Please note: this post is intended for blanket fort builders from a range of ages from toddlers to teens, and not all toys and accessories listed in this post will be appropriate for all age groups. Check the safety information provided by the manufacturer and use common sense.
1. 6″ Handheld Brass Telescope with Wooden Box
An attractive and functional, but inexpensive telescope to help fort inhabitants keep a look out for enemy forces and/or great white whales.
2. A Kids’ Guide To Building Forts
This cool book is full of inspiration for awesome indoor and outdoor forts.
3. Find Me Tunnel
This durable six foot long play tunnel is a super fun addition to any blanket fort that can be use as an entrance, to connect different rooms, and more! Each tunnel comes with Velcro straps that can be used to connect it to additional tunnels for a longer crawl.
4. Flameless Candles
Blanket forts and open flames are a dangerously flammable combination, but if your kids want to do some old-fashioned blanket cave spelunking, or just like the cozy atmosphere of candle light, these battery-powered, flameless candles provide a safe alternative that even flickers like real candlelight.
5. Fort Magic
This 382-piece fort construction kit resembles oversized Tinkertoys and can be used to build a large variety of stand-alone forts, rockets, castles, and more, or combined with a traditional pillows-and-blankets-style blanket fort. The kit comes with a booklet with plans for many different fort designs, or kids can design their own.
6. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks
These sturdy cardboard blocks can be used individually as supports or to add height in blanket forts, or together to create “walls.”
7. Multi-Color Indoor/Outdoor Mini Oriental Style Nylon Lantern Plug-in String Lights
Older kids and teens may want to add some lighting to some blanket fort “rooms” and these colorful paper lanterns are an attractive and atmospheric option.
8. Pacific Play Tents Playchute 10′ Parachute
If you have fond memories of parachute day in gym class, here’s your opportunity to own a family size play parachute that’s perfect for play dates, birthday parties, and more. It also makes a fun and colorful addition to any blanket fort!
9. Starry Night Lantern
If your kids decide they want to camp out in their blanket fort (and really, what kid doesn’t want to do this at least once?), this Starry Night Lantern can make it feel like a real camp-out under the stars. It shows real constellations instead of the generic “starry night” scene of many toy star projectors.
10. Starry String Lights
Another beautiful and atmospheric lighting option for blanket forts built by older children and teens is these starry string lights, which will make your blanket fort appear lit by fireflies.
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