Fun with Forts

Building forts or hideouts with blankets, pillows, sofas, tables, and chairs, is a wonderful tradition of childhood. As children build them, they develop creativity, learn spatial awareness, and practice the laws of physics, too. When families play together, children learn skills like cooperation, turn taking, and problem-solving. And it’s fun for everyone.

Author's imageJenni RiceDirector & Owner

Let your children build Their fort

Help but don’t take over. Let  your child’s imagination go! Just help out where needed to keep it safe. A fort can be whatever your child wants: a castle, a home, a cave, a tent, an igloo. The options are limitless. Just like our imagination.

Building forts will encourage your child to

  • plan
  • lead
  • problem solve
  • work together
  • cooperate

Your child will gain a sense of pride and ownership and have a fun private place to think, play and hangout. If you’re lucky maybe you’ll be granted entrance to join in on the fun too!

Fun things to add to forts

  • string lights
  • a sleeping bag
  • a picnic lunch
  • a secret exit
  • secret storage
  • a peeking hole
  • a periscope

Child made forts are fun places to

  • pretend
  • read
  • think
  • sing
  • play games
  • hide
  • cool off
  • take a nap
  • have a sleep over

Encourage your child to start their fort

Gather some blankets and pillows to get the ball rolling and watch your child’s imagination in action.

About the Author

Jenni Rice - Owner & Director

I hope you like this post. I love helping parents, teachers and children learn, grow and become better people! Everyday I'm delighted to spend my day in the place I love with the people I love. If you don't know me already, please read my Teacher Feature. | G+