So you know that I move things around all the time in our house, right? I'm always shifting furniture, trying new layouts, making new play spaces or living spaces out of the space we have. I enjoy the new spaces myself, but the kids also seem to change the way they play whenever the space is changed. Just as changing things up with art or with toys, changing the space we live in seems to give them a fresh inspiration. And all the more so when we purposefully create a new play space, such as this makeshift indoor tent.
Harry created this tent over the weekend by hanging a blanket from the ceiling. He tied rope around two points in the blanket (I think there are legos/duplos at each tie point for something to hold on to), although one would probably work as well.
The rope is attached to the ceiling with a cup hook and a hook-eye screw. This means we can take down the tent and leave the cup hook etc in the ceiling for when we need to rig up an indoor tent another time. Because, you know me, it probably won't stay here long...
The sides of the tent are propped up with chair backs (as with any self-respecting blanket fort) and clips (although Daphne keeps taking the clips off).
The girls spent quite a bit of time playing in here over the weekend with dolls, Maia's castle, and some peek-a-boo action on Daphne's part (as in the top photo).
Now if we had air conditioning I would say this is the perfect way to beat the heat on days like today (90 degrees!). But we don't, and instead I'm mentally compiling a list of all the air conditioned spaces we could spend our time in over this coming week as it's supposed to be above 90 each day. Because hot and grumpy does not make for a happy mama. I'm also starting to wonder -- if we run ceiling fans in every room, does that use more energy than if we just went ahead and installed some sort of air conditioning? Because man, air conditioning would be a lot more effective.