Playing with fort-building kits
There are plenty of ways to inspire indicative play on a rainy day – dress up play with costumes, arts and crafts projects, family games, and so much more. But there is perhaps no greater activity for lighting that imaginative spark than making a great big play fort!
Play fort kits not only practice important spatial reasoning, architectural and engineering skills, and geometric skills, but they provide a brilliant foundation for open ended make-believe play.
In this age of computers, mobile devices, online streaming, and videogames, it’s more and more important to give our kids opportunities for open, unscripted play. While there is a time and a place for technology in the playroom, the biggest problem with many of the tech toys that are becoming popular is that they do not encourage active participation and engagement with the toy, rather they spoon feed the child with passive entertainment. (With a few notable exceptions – see tech toys that got it right ).
Luckily, with a little help from parents, there are still plenty of ways that kids can recapture their imaginations and inner creativity.
The first step is to make sure that all kids are afforded ample time to play away from the screen- even if that means limiting screen time on certain days or during certain times of the day. Given this chance, kids are likely to revert to a more simple, yet extremely important type of play.
One of our favorite suggestions for creative play is fort building! Building forts has a two pronged benefit: first, kids build the fort, exercising their creativity and team work skills. Next, the completed fort becomes a platform for imaginitive play – whether it’s a castle, a house, a pirate ship, a tent or teepee, or a rocket ship, their completed fort has now become their stage.
Of course, kids can (and do!) build forts out of just about anything found around the house. But, if you’re tired of your kids tearing off the couch cushions or leaving bed sheets hanging all over the place, it might be time to buy a fort building kit.
Fort kits have many advantages over building with household materials. Typically, the construction pieces will be sturdier and lock together in durable ways, meaning kids will get less frustrated during the construction and will be more likely to continue building. Additionally, they will stand up to the actual play time in the fort.
There are a wide variety of types of fort building kits available on the market today: some fort kits use rigid sticks and connectors that interlock in different ways, some use creatively interacting fabrics and hoops, and countless other methods.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of the best fort building kits that will encourage your kids to build and enjoy good old fashioned, open-ended, away-from-the-screen play time. Check it out here:
All of these toys are thoroughly researched for high quality, durability, and overall play value. They are certain to provide hours of creative fun for your kids.
We hope that these awesome fort kits will be a huge hit in your household! Thank you for reading.
If a backyard fort is more your style, read our guide to DIY treehouse kits.