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Age

2 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Indoors or outdoors

Materials 

⚙ Furniture (e.g., chairs or tables) or cardboard

     boxes

⚙ Blankets, bed sheets, or towels 

                                    

Optional Materials 

​⚙ Masking tape

⚙ Clothespins  

                           

Safety 

⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙ Be sure the fort is sturdy enough for safe play

Instructions 

Choose a space large enough for the fort. Provide the children with a variety of building materials. If needed, support the fort building process by encouraging the children to problem solve and to make decisions. Older children might be encouraged to draw a plan of the fort before building it.

Questions You May Ask 

⚙ How can you make your fort [sturdier, taller, bigger]?
⚙ What could you use your fort for?

⚙ What can you add to your fort?
⚙ Does your fort need a [roof, floor, windows, etc.]?
⚙ Can you think of a different way to build your fort?

Play-based Context

Children of all ages enjoy creating their own spaces within their home or other early learning setting.

Related Children's Books

⚙ The Little Red Fort by Brenda Meier
⚙ Fort Building Time by Megan Wagner