The Fun Fort cost a little under $200 and took three days to make (one to cut, one to assemble, one to paint). It's a two-story play house with a bedroom (where we put a mattress) and shelves on the bottom, and a playroom and desk on the top, although the design can be adjusted to fit your particular needs. And don't be scared by the length of these instructions – they are a lot more complicated to read than they are to do!
Leo got to help with almost every step of construction, excluding the use of power tools (we're not brave enough for that yet). He loved being a part of making it, and he and Nicky now spend a large portion of their time in it. Leo sleeps in the bedroom, has asked many times if he and Nicky can eat in there, and is a little upset that we didn't include a bathroom. The best part of this gift is that the whole family can take part in the process, as quality family time is the best holiday gift there is.
The cost was more than we would have normally spent on a Christmas gift, but it was worth every cent, and will give them years of enjoyment. Not to mention the peace and quiet the parents get when the kids are so entertained!
To see more of our ideas and projects, visit our website VelaCreations.com or the kids' section.