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What Does Fort Building Say About Your Child?

What parent hasn't walked into the living room after sleeping in a few extra minutes to find what looks like the after effects of a tornado, only to hear some giggling from somewhere under the mess? All of the couch and chair cushions have been removed and repositioned on the floor. Every blanket, quilt, sheet and  afghan has been dragged into the apparent mess. The kitchen chairs have been pulled in, placed strategically and draped. You pretend to search for the source of the giggles and find them underneath the sagging blankets. You get a warm feeling as it takes you back to when you were a child. 

Nothing screams childhood more than building a fort. Youtubers @MoreJsStu have over 5 million followers as they build their forts in all different places on Fort Fridays. Everyone loves a good fort! 

What is this fascination with fort building and what does it say about our kids? Paula Spencer Scott, author of a dozen books on parenting and eldercare writes what she learned about the importance of fort building in the following article.

In the article, she points out that fort building starts out around 5-6. That kids develop a need for special places where they can get away-out of their parents view. This is a precursor to the when kids start wanting to step into their own independence in the outside world at 9-10. She explores David Sobel's book:

Children's Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood (Landscapes of Childhood Series)

According to the following article in Scholastic, kids at 5-6 years are in the "I Can Do It!" stage. It only makes sense that kids want to get away to a place they built all by themselves!

How can we help kids grow into their independence?

Kids gain independence when they are given the tools they need when they need them: Tools they are able to handle.

At we have found a great way to give your youngsters a leg up on making some really cool places of their own!

We found that connecting 2  bed sheets together with GRAP, our double-sided hook and loop straps, makes fort building a whole lot easier! 

A child can take  one section of a sheet, match it up with a section of another sheet, easily wrap the two sections together with GRAP and now they have a giant fort roof like no other! No more roofs falling apart or sliding off the chairs because they are too small!  With a $2.80 10-piece pack of GRAP from kidsGRAP double-sided hook and loop used to connect 2 sheets together to make fort building easiergrap double-sided hook and loop is used for forts as it joins boxes together by going through slits in each box and also joining sheets together

can connect as many as 3 sheets together! kids get older and want to connect big pieces of cardboard together, GRAP is the ultimate cardboard connector, too! Instead of using every bit of tape in the house, they can use GRAP. 

GRAP is easily available at our Michigan location so you can get it right away and kids can start building right away!