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Why we should let our kids build forts

With the weekend approaching, this is the perfect time to encourage our kids to build forts. Yes, this can leave a living room completely in chaos, but there is compelling research to support the many benefits of this activity! In Children’s Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood author David Sobel outlines the importance of kids' "universal drive" to build these temporary dwellings. For an interview with Sobel and a concise summary of his book, see Paula Spencer Scott's excellent post here:

Tip: Your child might enjoy listening to music or an audiobook while building their fort - or once they are finished and spending time inside their cozy new "home".

Simple indoor fort-building materials:

  • sheets and blankets

  • cushions and pillows

  • large cardboard boxes

  • tape

  • rope or string

  • kitchen clips

  • flashlights


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