Building a fort at home is both fun and educational! Forts can be a cozy reading nook, a castle in an imaginary land, a special spot shared with a sibling, and more.

Experts say kids need forts now more than ever. Fort-building develops creative and analytic skills while offering opportunities for unstructured playtime. Forts encourage kids to slow down, to feel safe, have control and enjoy a sense of privacy. Unwinding when it’s decent weather in a backyard fort or having a backyard camp out is a great way spend time in nature. Check out some of these resources for more info and ideas!

Fun with Forts! Books about forts and fort building

Make Way for Play (Scholastic Parents)

Camp Indoors with a Cozy Reading Fort (Scholastic Parents)

15 Epic Outdoor Forts for Backyard Fun (Red Tricycle)

10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic (Richard Louv)

Last Child in the Woods Resource Guide (Richard Louv)