Teepee Fort Building Ideas For Creative Kids

Posted August 21, 2016 by Fort Magic

Summer is in full swing. Yet, the swing set looks abandoned. The ball is still in the middle of your vibrant green yard. The Fort Magic kit remains piled in the playroom. And, while you can clearly hear the sweet tweets of the birds and the deep voice of the bullfrogs near evening, it is …

Backyard Summer Olympics - A Fort Celebration of Olympic Proportions

Posted August 12, 2016 by Fort Magic

The pageantry of the opening ceremonies has given way to 15 days of exciting athletic competition. Worldwide training and anticipation culminate in the celebration of skill and camaraderie of the summer Olympics. Families across the globe join in the festivities from their vantage point. Your family is no exception. No matter who we are, these …

Fun and Learning With Fort Building Kits

Posted August 7, 2016 by Fort Magic

Fort building kits are the perfect toy for developing a love of exploration and learning early in life.  The love of learning cultivated at a young age prepares us for a lifetime of growth, development, and success. Surprisingly for many, this love stems from fun. Dr. William Glasser, a psychiatrist, claims that “fun is the genetic …

Girl Power Increases with Fort Building

Posted July 31, 2016 by Fort Magic

Girls have been asserting their power with fort building since the posting of the first scribbled “No Boys Allowed” sign. This marking of their territory as all things girl with (no boy nonsense permitted) gave girls the opportunity to build of their own accord, run freely and dream boldly. In essence, girls were able to …

Building Forts Builds Intellect

Posted July 28, 2016 by Fort Magic

Building forts builds intellect?  Absolutely!  The value of play-based learning for the healthy intellectual development of young children has become a hard-founded axiom of early education. And fort building certainly constitutes play-based learning at its best. Looking at academic and intellectual skill development, researchers agree that physical play toys provide kids with unique opportunities to …

Fort Building Kits Enhance Learning At Playtime

Posted July 21, 2016 by Fort Magic

Forts continue to draw all generations. It seems that the fun of this favorite childhood activity is well proclaimed. But, the secret of the attraction remains buried beneath the fun and movement involved. Fort building proves to be the rare arena in which the question, “Why?” never arises. Want in on the secret? Shhh! If …

Fort Building Helps Girls Learn to Love STEM Activities and Science

Posted July 18, 2016 by Fort Magic

Our country has a need for people to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These career areas are among the fastest growing jobs in the workforce. One of the greatest potentials we have to fill these STEM fields is the girls in our world! As their parents and their educators, it is …

Fort Adventures on Nature’s Playground

Posted July 10, 2016 by Fort Magic

Filling the hours of summer with activities and preventing boredom requires nothing more than looking outdoors. Nature’s playground hosts unending adventures for children of all ages. Start your outdoor adventures with a fort inspires cognitive thinking, problem-solving and creativity without an intentional thought about any of these processes.     A Fort Magic kit provides …

Summer Playhouse Fort Picnics and Camps

Posted July 1, 2016 by Fort Magic

Summer lengthens the days and eases the schedule. Paces slow and creativity blossoms with free play and the openness of outdoor spaces. The seemingly endless energy of children fuels their minds, and with feet running they are off to discover, invent, create, and more!   Providing a few simple items, parents can encourage inspiration. A …

Get in the Game with Summer Forts

Posted June 27, 2016 by Fort Magic

Running, jumping, leaping – these activities of summer occur in yards across the country when temperatures heat up. Yet, the pull of more sedentary activities robs our kids of the joy and benefits of running wildly through the grass. Physical activity and sports link to improved academic performance, cognitive performance and brain health.   Summer …

How To Raise Smart Kids Through Play

Posted June 24, 2016 by Fort Magic

Children love to play! What may seem like a rather meaningless activity is actually quite meaningful to kids. In fact, parents should encourage their kids to play in a variety of different ways. All types of play have cognitive advantages, and the more kids engage in playful activities, the more it helps their cognitive development. …

Sensory Play - Touch, Look, Listen, Smell and Taste With Fort Magic

Posted June 20, 2016 by Fort Magic

Think back to a favorite childhood memory and the sense that most often triggers it. Does the feel of dough between your fingers remind you of being in the kitchen with Grandma? Does the color combination of red and purple stir familiar feelings inside you? Perhaps the spring sun on your skin gathers memories of …

10 Benefits Of Playtime - Yes, It's Time to Play!

Posted June 14, 2016 by Fort Magic

what are the benefits of play

Underestimating the importance of play in the early years of development and growth of children is a mistake well-meaning parents often make. Playtime is as important for kids as working is for adults. They learn, grow, and become better people from playing. Plus, it is the ultimate way for them to learn, reduce stress, and …

Growing Kids and Creativity With Forts

Posted June 7, 2016 by Fort Magic

Creativity grasps the concept of what is and imagines the possibilities of all that could be. “We all have creative potential,” says Mark Runco, Ph.D., director of the University of Georgia’s Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. “Our job as parents and teachers is to help kids fulfill it.”   For parents, growing kids’ …

How to Inspire Courage Through Play and Creativity

Posted June 1, 2016 by Fort Magic

Childhood memories often return us to simpler days where responsibility ran low and feet ran fast – the days were long and play was our primary work. Those days taught us, grew us into the adults we are now, and built us in complex ways of which we were unaware. And they are doing the …