If there was anything that could bring together a brother and sister with a wide age gap and a relationship akin to oil and water it was a rainy Saturday afternoon spent in the living room with a pile of blankets.
Make that the only thing.
But every family has to have something. And blanket forts provided the meaning for my little brother’s existence when I was a kid. They were merely the BANE of my mother’s existence. After 20-some-odd years, I’m starting to understand why. Each time my daughter spreads a perfectly clean blanket across our floor to play “restaurant” or descends on the living room with arms full of babies who need to be wrapped up in warmth, I cringe. I just want my nice, neat, folded blanket to stay cat-fur free and ready for the next time I curl up with a good book. But let her miss out on rainy afternoons crawling in the fort?
Not on your life.
Connectables from The Happy Kid Company take fort-making to another level of imagination with bright nylon ripstop taking place of Mom’s blankets and durable fabric tabs that keep the whole thing together. Imagine, a fort that won’t fall in on your when you make a sudden movement! Reminiscent of the old gym class parachute, the ripstop will stand up to being dragged around the house to make a hideaway in the kitchen corner, hall beside the bedroom or the old living room standby.
So stow the blankets and let them connect with imagination.