The weekend. Everyone is home together. You probably take the chance to sleep in. There might be errands to do, chores to finish and maybe a bit of homework for the kids. But overall, the weekend is usually a time to spend together.
As all parents know, kids grow up far too fast, and it won’t be long before they’re moving out and starting their own life. So take advantage of the time you have together as a family and spend it well! It can be easy to fall into a rut in your weekend routine, so why not shake it up a bit this week and do something new and exciting with your kids? Create a new family tradition together: build a fort!
Family Teamwork on a Fort
One of the biggest character traits you’ll want your children to learn is teamwork. They learn it through games, chores assigned to them in your home and perhaps interacting with their siblings. Another way that you can teach teamwork is through working on a project as a family.
Working together helps you grow in many ways, but here are a few:
– It encourages communication between family members
– It helps you make a plan and figure out how to get from point A to point B
– It serves as a chance to teach kids how to lead, how to delegate tasks and how to cooperate
– If you find that you disagree on something, it’s an opportunity to teach kids how to compromise and reach an agreement
– You can use it as a chance to encourage your kids to express their ideas and creativity
– It can help strengthen critical thinking skills
Working together to build a fort will present you with a great chance to help your kids learn not only these character traits but also how to follow instructions. Building a fort – whether you follow a plan or make up your own – gives kids an opportunity to see a project through from beginning to end.
If you have personality clashes within your family (and who doesn’t?), then working together can help you focus on the positives of each other’s personalities. Use it to help your kids understand how even annoying personality traits – like wanting to be in charge, being critical or even being too free-form and creative – can be great things and make your team even stronger!
Forts for Family Fun
So what kind of fort should you build? Well, the options are limitless – and if you’re working together as a family, then so is your imagination! There may be some great project that you think will suit your family or work perfectly for a family tradition. But if you need a bit of inspiration, here are a few fun ideas for ways to integrate family fort building into your new family memories.
Build a family clubhouse and use it as your gathering place for activities! Play board games, watch a movie or write letters to each other saying why you love your family. Another great thing to do is pull out some old family photographs and work on a scrapbook. Take turns looking at pictures and telling stories of your favorite memories with your family. If you have some old photographs from before your kids were born, take the chance to tell them stories about your parents or even further back! This is a wonderful way to create memories and make sure that none of your forget the memories you’ve already made together.
Holiday Traditions Fort
Make a new holiday tradition for your family by building a holiday-themed fort for each holiday you celebrate. This may mean an egg dying assembly line for Easter, a fort decorated with Christmas lights and a small tree for Christmas, a card making craft corner for Valentine’s Day or something less well-known, like celebrating National Pink Day! Trying out new styles for your fort and decorating it for the season can be a great way to make family memories. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures for your scrapbook!
Everyone loves a family campout, but not all of us have access to a big backyard, or some may have kids who are scared of the idea of sleeping outside. Why not have a campout in your fort? Lay out sleeping bags on the floor and get a small camping lantern for the middle of the fort. Stay up late telling stories or making shadow puppets. You can even make s’mores in your microwave for a good campout treat!
Whatever fort you decide to build, be sure to make lots of memories. Family traditions are a fantastic way to strengthen your family relationships and enjoy time together. Why not try out something new by using a fort?
What are your favorite family traditions and how do you include fort building in making memories that last for a lifetime? Share your ideas with us below!
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