While we were there the kids (we each have 4 ) spent much of their time out in the woods making forts. We had a storm earlier this summer which knocked down a bunch of trees which is rather sad but it made some fun areas for the kids to make forts.
The two oldest girls went way out in the goat pasture to make a fort (my parents have 40 acres) and the boys made another fort in another area of the pasture.
I love to have our children being able to do things like this. Some of the benefits I see are:
- Fresh air and exercise.
- Learning to work together with others.
- Skills such as wood cutting and building are practiced.
- Creativity is used.
- Dreaming is allowed.
- Practicing survival skills and working with what you have.
Here are some pictures I took of that time:
One night the 6 of the kids decided to stay out in the forts while Bea and Megan came to our house to sleep. The younger two boys ended up deciding to stay in the cabin and then were bribed with snacks and stories to stay in the house at Grandpa and Grandma's but the oldest 4 kids did go and stay in their forts.
I hear that Jonathan and Margaret slept fine but the oldest two (Maybe because they felt they were in charge?) didn't sleep so great. When I came out the next day both of them were just laying around reading while the others were busy doing things outside.
Megan and Bea at our house thought that a blanket fort would be fun to sleep in so one was created in our living room.
Do your kids make forts? Did you have fun making them as a child?