Movie Pillow Fort

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You’ll score points as the coolest parent on the block if you trot out this idea on a cold winter afternoon. Arm yourself with this idea for the winter school break ahead, and you won’t get cabin fever!

I told Travis that we were going to make a fort – not necessarily an unusual occurrence – but this time for a special purpose. He was so intrigued, and trotted about gathering pillows, blankets, and stools for his special fort.

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We made it bigger than we ever had before, with an entire bed sheet for the ceiling. Soft pillows made the perfect floor.

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He loved testing a flashlight inside. Neat shadows!

Now for the big reveal – I brought in a computer so we could watch a holiday movie right inside the fort.

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Of course you could do this with a regular movie any time of year, but something about it felt so cozy and right for the holiday season. Don’t forget to arm yourself with yummy snacks!

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The fort was just the right size for a boy and his movie – peek-a-boo!

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Even better, make it big enough for the whole family, and you can all snuggle in there together, matching holiday pajamas optional of course.

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Was this the coziest winter afternoon ever, or what? A big hit!

Join Your Local Library

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When Travis was a baby, my in-laws kept pointing me in the direction of the library, a suggestion I originally ignored. Having grown up in a town where the library was an underutilized resource, I couldn’t quite understand the fuss. As soon as I stepped in, boy did I get it!

Not only do children’s sections often feature a wide selection of educational toys – a free playspace! – but they also offer rotating free programs, entertainment, mommy & me groups, yoga, and more.

If you’re not already a member of your local library, today’s the day to head over and check out the offerings. Veronika and I grabbed a flyer for the upcoming months, and already have our sights set on a playgroup for the youngest babies.

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In addition, your little one will benefit simply by sitting in on crafts or storytimes that big siblings attend, or hanging out in the stroller while they play.

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And then of course there’s the obvious draw at a library – books! It’s never too early to read to your infant, even before they understand the words.

Veronika and I nabbed a pamphlet with recommended reading for even the litt/est babies, featuring black & white books, or ones with vivid illustrations and simple text.

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Wake up Veronika, your brother used to love this one!

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Oh good, she opened her eyes for a cute story about a snowball. I loved taking a quiet reading moment with her while Travis was in school.

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What programs have you discovered at your library? Please share in the comments!