Pinterest in Real Life - Make a fort out of newspaper

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

Last week my whole household had strep throat and we were all a little cranky.  I thought, you know what might help? A Pinterest project.  I’d had my eye on this one for a while.  A newspaper fort looked pretty neat.  I knew from the description that I’d probably have to help the kids roll the paper but I really wanted to try it.  Here’s the list of what went wrong, complete with pictures.  

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I definitely needed to help them roll up the newspaper.  My daughter tried, but liked how mine looked better, so she asked me to roll hers.  My son tried for a hot second then decided he just wanted to be in charge of taping.

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Our local newspaper isn’t super big, so we ran out of paper pretty quickly.  We only ended up with 8, and that was with me adding in some construction paper and using flyers. Eek!  

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When we did finally get the pieces of rolled paper together it wouldn’t stand up.  














My husband comes in and suggests duct tape to help secure the whole structure, because duct tape fixes everything.  It totally worked!!

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My daughter wanted to put a sheet over it, and then it promptly fell over within 2 minutes.






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So I finally gave up and just made the dining room table into a fort, since there was no danger of that falling over.  They actually cooperated and played nicely together for a few minutes.  Here they are using flashlights and setting up figures.







Have you ever tried a pinterest project and hopelessly failed?  

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