Building a fort at home is both fun and educational! Forts can be a comfortable 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. In cold rainy weather, indoor fort building offers a unique chance to use pillows, blankets, furniture and more to create a cozy child-sized cave. When it’s decent weather, unwinding in a backyard fort or having a backyard camp-out is a great way spend time in nature. Check out 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 (Tiny Beans)