FinnigantheCurious has been reading a wonderful book series called Warriors by Erin Hunter.
The books are about some clans of cats that live in the forest and all of their comings and goings, and fights, and truces, and fires, and floods, and the ever dreaded humans!
They really are super fun and we've all be enjoying them immensely.
Reading the books led to him role-playing in real life (of course). But trying to play clans with one boring mama gets old so, it was time to call in the troops.
We've got some kids coming over to play tomorrow and that means that we needed a CAT CAVE!
Hmmmm....how does one make a cat cave?
Well, you start with your every day, run-o-the-mill, ubiquitous, boring playscape thingee.
Then you get a staple gun, some cable ties and loppers.
Go around your messy, overgrown yard, and get busy cutting.
Staple, tie, wrap, and stuff all the branches to your playscape.
Then you have this!:
BEFORE (Last one.)
Last bulk pick-up day I went around and gathered old rugs from my neighbors.
We folded all those up and put them on the top and bottom for extra coziness.
Added some old ratty outdoor pillows (that had been waiting patiently for recovering that never happened. sigh.).
Filled up the treasure chest with hermetically sealed snacks and ...
VOILA! Cat Cave!
Jack and I tricked it all out as a surprise for him.
When he came out to see it he said, "HOLY SHIT!"
I think that means he likes it. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Now it's time for the kids to do their part. First on the list, so I'm told, is signs.
Every clan needs their own sign, of course:
(Aren't you excited already?)
We probably need a CAT CAVE sign.
And what good is a fort or cat cave without a KEEP OUT sign?
I also bought some paper mache masks so the kids can paint their own cat. Previewed here: