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 (“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 (

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

How Your Child Benefits from Play (Babycenter)