Do you operate a home daycare? Have you allowed children to make forts? If not why not?
Children love to play hide and go seek, they love to hide in nooks and crannies – tucked away areas. Children are naturally drawn to tents, under table, bushes, jungle gyms, trees caves, tunnels and yes, forts. Building indoor fort allows children to play, hide, create, construct and be content.
Children engineering is at its highest when they problem solve, find ways to stretch a scarf or blanket from one end of a table or chair to the other end. Children engage their fine and gross motor skills, as they manipulate the clasps that holds the fort together.
Here the children built a fort and when their little fingers weren’t strong enough to clasp the clamp they asked for help.
What are some things to add to a fort? – books, flashlights, cushions, pillows, insects / animals – whatever the children include in their imagination, I help supply their creativity. My favorite saying is, “safety first “. If it’s safe I will allow them to construct, and have much fun.
These clamps are the Blue Ridge from Target -they cost only $1.99 for 4.
Enjoy supplying your children with materials to make a fort. Happy Forting!
xoxo – Miss Sue
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