Content created for this post is sponsored by Relativity Media.
Summer is time for lots of outdoor fun and we’re always looking for new things to do that allow us to spend more time in the great outdoors. Since my kids are huge fans of indoor blanket forts during the cold weather months, we created a fort outside to serve as a warm weather play space.
One of our first tasks was to figure out where to build our fort. Our yard is full of large trees with leafy canopies that can provide shade from the hot summer sun. We were looking for an unused spot in the yard under branches that were just right. The kids determined that branches that just-right branches were ones that grew parallel to the ground but weren’t too high.
After deciding that our Japanese Maple had the perfect branches and ample space underneath to build our fort, we started assembling supplies. Full size sheets, beach mats, towels, a tarp, and clothespins and clips served as necessary materials for construction. A plan was drawn up and we got to work!
Even though our dry-erase board blueprints provided a rough guide, we modified our fort as we went to create the structure that they wanted! The sheets served as the roof and one side while two beach mats per side worked well as a door.
The kids wanted privacy but not a solid sheet as a wall. They wanted to be able to peek out to see what their dog and chickens were up to!
Working together, we created a great backyard fort that has served as the home base for outdoor activities. Take a look at some of the fun they had in their fort during the first couple days!
Summer is time for fun and adventures with family and friends. The soon-to-be released family friendly Earth to Echo movie (rated PG and in theaters on July 2) is all about friends bonding over an incredible adventure.
About Earth to Echo:
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.
From the trailer, Earth to Echo reminds me of a modern day ET, for a new generation of tech savvy kids where friends bond over a life form from another planet and work together to save it from a nefarious plan to separate them.
For more information, follow Earth to Echo on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram or through the hashtag #EarthtoEcho. Watch more clips on YouTube and visit the official CallHimEcho.com website to learn more about the movie coming to theaters on July 2.
I was compensated for documenting our outdoor adventure and received a GoPro3 from Relativity Media to assist in our creation of the video for this post.