Build a Fort!
Building a fort from blankets and couch cushions is a part of just about everyone’s childhood. It can be a place to snuggle, read or explore your imagination. Your fort can be a castle and you can be the kings, queens and royal subjects, you could pretend your fort is a treehouse up high in the trees of a faraway jungle, or perhaps a pirate ship sailing the open sea looking for treasure. The possibilities are endless.
Besides being a fun family activity, building a fort is a way to promote all kinds of learning. Building a fort takes math and engineering skills, how many blankets needed, how many cushions will be needed, where is the best place to build and how will it be put together, built in a way that is fun and functional? Imagination and storytelling also become a part of the learning involved with building a fort. What kind of fort? Will it be castle? A ship? Encourage your child and other family members to develop characters and storylines. These small hideaway structures also offer a place for children to de-stress, feel comfortable, secure and safe in a place that belongs to them, also perfect for daydreaming!
So get out those blankets and grab some cushions (along with other suggested materials below) and get building! Below are also links to websites with suggestions and tips on the perfect indoor fort.
Suggested materials and supplies:
- Cardboard boxes
- Couch cushions
- Clothespins and chip clips
- Sheets and Blankets
- Rope or clothesline
- Books (to hold down the corners of sheets or blankets)
- Duct tape
- Command hooks
- Tension curtain rods
- Hair ties or rubber bands
- Twinkle lights
Suggested websites for tips and instructions:
- 18 Fantastic Indoor Forts
- How to Make a Blanket Fort—Plus Ideas for Your Best Fort Ever by Red Wagon
- IKEA is Sharing Free Instructions to Make 6 Awesome Blanket Forts for Kids
- Meet the world’s leading expert on why kids build forts by Paula Spencer Scott
- Maggie & Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort by Will Taylor
- The Better Tree Fort by Jessica Scott Kerrin & Qin Leng
- The Fort by Joshua Rae Martin
- This Is MY Fort! Monkey and Cake Series, Book 2 by Drew Daywalt & Olivier Tallec
- The Fort That Jack Built by Boni Ashburn & Brett Helquist
- I Can Build a Fort! Kids Can Do It! by Ruth Owen
- Jasper & Ollie Build a Fort by Alex Willan
- A Kids’ Guide to Building Forts by Tom Birdseye