buildingfortsIf you need an excuse to build a fort in your living room, you can relax. Building a fort in your home is educational! According to an article on Scholastic.com (“Why All Kids Should Build Forts”), building a fort helps kids develop creative and analytic skills while offering opportunities for unstructured playtime. Check out Living Room Fort for ideas (you can also find some cool forts for grown-ups).  You could try some backyard fort building, gardening, or a backyard camp out. Check out some of these other resources for ideas on enjoying nature with your kids. –Ginny W.

Hiding in a Fort: Backyard Retreats for Kids by G. Lawson Drinkard

A Kids’ Guide to Building Forts by Tom Birdseye

Let’s Go Outside: Outdoor activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature by Jennifer Ward

The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher

The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids by Todd Christopher

Other Ideas:

Guide to Nature Activities for Kids and Families (Richard Louv)

Make Way for Play (Scholastic.com)

Be Out There and Ideas for Outdoor Activities (National Wildlife Federation)

How Your Child Benefits from Play (Babycenter)