Building Forts

  • Time Length
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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

  • Difficulty
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Question and Wonder:

  • What would you do with your very own fort? Or cave?
  • How could you make one?
  • What would you do inside?
  • How many people would fit?
  • What materials do you think you would need?
  • Do you want it large and airy or small and dark? Why?

Imagine and Design:

  • How will build with these materials?
  • Where would be the best place to locate your structure? A corner? The middle of the room?
  • Discuss or draw your design for your structure. Where will you put the door? Does it need windows?
  • What items will work best to realize your vision? Why?

Test and Discuss:

  • Did it work exactly as you planned? If not, that’s okay!
  • What did you have to change?
  • How did you stabilize your structure?
  • What will you do in your structure? Read a book? Explore?
  • Let’s pretend! Where is your structure? What is inside?
  • Grab a flashlight and head out for your adventure exploring your “Cave”. Where did you go and what did you see? Tell someone!
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