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6 Kids’ Playhouses, Forts, and Tents for Creative Play Indoors

6 Kids' Playhouses, Forts, and Tents -- For Creative Play Indoors

Do your kids love playhouses as much as mine? Whether they rig something up themselves (often) or my husband and I set something up for them (once in a while), my daughters and their friends absolutely LOVE playing in their house within a house. Having an intimate space with defined borders just their size inspires all kinds of creative play.

Here are just 6 of the kids’ playhouses, forts, and tents that we’ve enjoyed:

Kids Playhouses, Forts, and Tents
Playhouse Under the Table
Kids Playhouses Forts and Tents

What sorts of playhouses or forts do your kids build?


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    February 22, 2013 at 8:46 am

    After discovering that when the kids use our pile of quilts for a fort it knocks over our dining room chairs and stools- they’re just too heavy!- I made my daughter a fort kit for her birthday. A big drawstring bag, 4 of those heavy wood play clips, and a bunch of thrift store sheets. The sheets I tore up a bit to make more manageable. It’s a well loved and used gift- they love setting up a movie theater but its also so washable and compact that they take it outside whenever I’ll let them and I’ll find all the neighbor kids under the fort with my own. I think I love it as much as they do!

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    February 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I love these ideas. This year for Christmas my husband made my daughter a collapsible cardboard cubby. She’s 10 months old and loves crawling in and out during play time, often taking her current favourite toy with her. It probably won’t last very long, but she’ll outgrow it soon, anyway.

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    February 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    PS When I say ‘playtime’ I mean ‘all the time’ :)

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    Georgina @ Craftulate
    February 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Some lovely ideas here! Here’s a table tent that I made for my son last week – with a steam train theme!

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    February 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    If my daughter sees this, she won’t settle for that fleece blanket thrown over the couch. I really like the Playhouse Under the Table. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    February 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love the fabric over a table with windows cut out of it – is that what I am seeing? My kids make forts everywhere they can – behind a chair, behind a flipped up mattress – – we have a large, lightweight parachute that gets used often!

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    [email protected] Connections for Kids
    February 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Thanks Jean! We need indoor play ideas with tons of snow on the ground and more on the way. Pinning and sharing! Kristi

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    Website design Toronto
    February 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Good day! Jean! awesome pictures! and you have a cute babies!

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    February 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Oh your fort birthday kit sounds awesome!

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    Oscar Hines
    December 27, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Felt good to read this article. I am totally inspired by your work and got some great ideas. Thanks and keep sharing :)

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