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Why Build Forts?

Why Build Forts?

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A brochure produced to accompany the Chicago Children's Museum exhibit, Forts!
A brochure produced to accompany the Chicago Children's Museum exhibit, Forts!

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Published by: zrecommends on Sep 21, 2009
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For Grown-Ups

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WHY BUILD FORTS?

© 2009 Chicago Children’s Museum

WHY BUILD FORTS?
Many children naturally need and want to create their own special places; it’s a fundamental experience of childhood that crosses age, gender, time, and culture.

—E.O. Wilson, Secret Spaces of Childhood
© 2009 Chicago Children’s Museum

From secret places comes an identification with place, a nourishing of individuality and self-esteem, and an enhanced joy in the construction of habitation.

WHY BUILD FORTS?
The social and emotional growth that occurs during fort-building is a key part of children’s healthy development.

Tom and Greyson. Bored in the Basement Photography

—David Sobel, Children’s Special Places
© 2009 Chicago Children’s Museum

…a den is the child’s chance to create a home away from home that is secret, and becomes a manifestation of who they are. The den is the chrysalis out of which the butterfly is born.

WHY BUILD FORTS?
Fort-building invites narrative and creative planning and is a great forum for three key areas of play: exploration, construction, and pretend play.

CCM must serve as a leading advocate and provider of playful experiences for children.

—CCM Play Position Paper 2008
© 2009 Chicago Children’s Museum

WHY BUILD FORTS?
Fort-building allows children to define their own parameters for success.

The Ellis Family; Carlsbad, CA

It’s all yours; you made it yourself and you know you just control it. —Leah, age 9

© 2009 Chicago Children’s Museum

WHY BUILD FORTS?
Through fort-building, children create their own special places and imagine a world beyond what adults can see, do, or build.

The McNichols Family; Bryan, TX. Photo by Z Recommends.

The Mooney Family; Port Allen, LA.

—Tom Birdseye, “The Perfect Fort”
© 2009 Chicago Children’s Museum

Nothing can compare to a fort that kids make by hand with stuff they find lying around (not something ordered out of a catalog and delivered by two big men in a truck.)

WHY BUILD FORTS?
Fort-building is nostalgic for caregivers; it taps into their childhood memories and experiences.

The McMullan Family; Papillion, NE, Photo by Laura McMullan.

I used to love building forts. It’s fun to see what kids today come up with. —CCM Visitor
© 2009 Chicago Children’s Museum

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