Four Ways Fort Building Makes Learning Fun

If it’s chilly or rainy outside (for days or even weeks), you might be running out of indoor play ideas for your kids. Although this activity is sometimes forgotten by parents, it’s incredibly fun and beneficial: fort building. Not only does fort building help facilitating development of vital skills, but it’s also the way to make learning fun. Hear are four ways you can connect fort building and learning in an exciting and fun way.

1 Planning & Problem Solving – When building a fort, children need to make the decision on the materials they are going to use and they need a plan for their playing project. While they are playing, kids need to solve problems regarding building the strong/big enough fort and, if it falls apart, they need to find the way to fix their fort. Therefore, this activity is beneficial for mental development of kids; they are learning while playing which is exactly what kids should be doing.

2 Teamwork & Relationships Improvement – If this activity is done with friends or siblings, kids learn that they need to cooperate in order to build the fort that doesn’t fall apart. This is the way to learn to be a part of the team, to propose ideas, to look for alternatives and to follow the instructions. Being a team player is crucial skill everybody needs in their lives. In addition, fort building can be fun for the whole family, including mom and dad (or even granny and grandpa). When a family works like a team in a fun activity such as this, they are spending some quality time together and they improve their family relationships.

3 Creativity & Imagination – Building a fort can be challenging, but once kids learn the basics they will look for new, better ways to make their forts even more impressive and extravagant. Building a fort allows kids to create their own fantasy world and stories. By facilitating imaginary and creative play, fort building actually boosts language, social, academic and cognitive growth.

4 Fine Motor Manipulation & Spatial Awareness – While building a fort kids are learning to move and manipulate various objects and their fine motor control is improved. This activity enhances visual-spatial skills which are, for example, essential for reading readiness.