We have built a huge box fort in our basement with Felix for over 2 months. This project has given us highly connective family times, many opportunities to support each other’s ideas, an incredible introduction to leadership for our child, and an engaging focal point during this chapter of global uncertainty. Highlights include a 6’ unicorn, piranha masks, an outer space mural, puppet robot hands, a pile of cardboard tools, hangar doors on pulleys, and rooms full of control panels. We look to him for leadership and to call shots about our plans. See the video here for details!
Click here for an instructional video on how to make your own cardboard piranha mask.
Tape is a priceless tool when making collaborative art with children! See the video detailing our methods here.
A simple way to make a box creature to to cut out an identical front and back, and then connect them with a longer, thick strip of cardboard (the strip becomes he sides of the box.) You can also make identical sides and use the strip to connect them (the strip becomes the front, back, top, and bottom of the box.) We used the formula below to get the basic shape of our owl creature that inhabited the box fort. See a time-lapse video of its creation here. We also used this technique when we created this 12′ piñata. Chris Sandon was a collaborator in making the piñata.
Natalie and Felix have painted the front door into a control panel, because currently Felix is fixated on control panels. The design leaves room for spy holes to look out of.
PVC pipes are like large Legos. When Felix was younger getting a pipe and connector to fit together was a big puzzle. As he got older we cut the size of the pipes down and got more connectors, so he could create more intricate sculptures. There was a while where 15′ PVC pipe sculptures filled rooms and nullified couches as seating options.
Felix balancing on Natalie is a common sight around our house.
Folded pieces of paper become laptops.
We used a stick to make a drawing in an empty volleyball court.