Discovering the Joy of Building Forts with Your Kids
Fort building has always been a favorite activity for children. There is something irresistible about building a fort where you can hide with your friends or sit by yourself, reading a book or listening to music. I remember building forts with dining room chairs and a blanket. Despite the fact it was a makeshift structure, I would go in there with my friend who lived next door and giggle for hours. I can't remember what was so funny but the fond memories definitely linger.
When my children were young, my mother and I found a toy at a mass merchant that could be used to create a tunnel. It was rather primitive, with some wires and mesh. We used the tunnel to create a secret "road" from my son's room to my daughter's room. After a few uses, it had fallen apart but the kids still remember how much fun it was.
While I was younger when had my children, my best friend decided to have a child at the last moment. We are enjoying spending time with a little one. He is 7 years old and has an incredible amount of energy. She is always looking for something to keep him learning and having fun, especially since he is homeschooled . There is always a new educational toy in the den when we visit. Even though my kids are teens, they can't resist playing with him and trying out the latest toys.
During our last visit, the kids all built an amazing fort using a Fort Magic kit. It had connectors and basically everything the kids needed to create their own castle. My daughter, as the only girl, instantly became the queen and tried to make the guys subjects. Instead, they negotiated about who would be king. They had a great time building the fort and there was plenty of room for them to hang out inside it.
The new toys are so sophisticated. I loved this one because it could teach younger kids about sizes, shapes, and basic building concepts. Older kids can create their own forts and learn about math, architecture, and teamwork. I can't wait to see the next new toy in my friend's den!
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