Build Your Own Spaceship, Space Station & Rocket Fort
Posted November 18, 2019 by Fort Magic
Fort building is a great way to teach your learners about outer space with rocket ships, space stations, or whatever else your imagination can think up! A Fort Magic building kit can also help your kids meet their full potential and encourage brain development. Here are some of our ideas to get your kids excited about space.
How Building Affects Brain Development
Did you know that experiences in early childhood can affect your child’s brain development for the rest of their life? Your child’s brain goes through different critical periods in its development. This means that at certain ages, certain connections in the brain are either being eliminated or strengthened. Fort building can have a significant impact on their brain development at all stages.
Fort Building Increases Myelination
Building things increases myelination in your child’s brain. Myelination is the process of coating the fiber of each neuron with a fatty substance. This substance is called myelin and it’s responsible for protecting the neuron and helping it to transmit signals.
This process begins before birth but it isn’t complete until your after adolescence. Your child is also born with the same amount of neurons that they’ll have as an adult. However, the brain goes through a process called synaptic pruning in which unused neurons and connections are eliminated. Building forts encourages and strengthens these connections (myelination) that might otherwise be eliminated.
Importance of Myelination
Before birth, brain development is mostly a result of genetic factors. However, after your child is born, this process is influenced by the outside world. Myelination in the parts of the brain responsible for sensory and motor areas takes place mostly during the preschool years.
More complex areas go through this process in later years up through early adulthood. Myelination is a vital part of a healthy functioning of your nervous system as it is responsible for transmitting information. Healthy myelination allows for more complex brain processes.
Celebrate Star Wars with Fort Building
You can use fort building as a way to get your Star Wars family even more excited for all the new stuff. If you’re planning some Star Wars surprises for your family this Christmas, such as a trip to Star Wars Land or to see the new movie, then we have some ideas for you.
1. Build A Spaceship Fort
After you get done getting caught up on all the Star Wars movies, you can have your child sketch out their favorite spaceship from the movies. Next, see if they can build it with a fort building kit. You can even line the inside with lights and buttons to make it more real.
If they are having a tough time, you can guide them in their choice to make sure they’re picking one that is easier to build. The TIE Fighters and X-wings are probably the easiest to recreate into a fort.
2. Host A Star Wars Movie Marathon
If you’re planning to see the new Star Wars movie this holiday season then you can plan an entire day around it. Build a fort that is big enough to hold your entire family. You can either leave one end of it open if you have a projector or make sure you build it around your tv.
Fill your fort with comfy pillows, blankets, and anything else your family will need before you settle down for your movie marathon. You can make it more fun by setting up a table outside filled with snacks for the movie. If anyone has a Star Wars costume, encourage them to wear it during your movie marathon.
3. Learn About Space
You can also use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about outer space. You can build a rocket ship to blast off into space and see what the galaxy looks like. Or, you can build a space station fort to have them learn about what life is like for an astronaut in space.
You can also make it more fun by having some space food on hand for a snack. One of our favorite ideas is to enjoy star gazing in your fort. You can do this by covering your fort with a thick material and then using a piece of cardboard for the roof. Next, poke holes in the cardboard and pop one light from a strand of lights through each hole. When it gets dark outside, you can turn off all the lights and crawl into your fort with your kids to enjoy the stars!
Fort Magic Customer Photos via Facebook: Visit our Fort Magic Facebook page to see our customer creativity shine with fun pics and videos of families enjoying their Fort Magic kit during playtime.
Fort Magic Customer Photos via Instagram: Visit our Fort Magic Instagram page to see our customer creativity shine with fun pics and videos of families enjoying their Fort Magic kit during playtime.