The coolest forts on the block combine play set and hideout into one outdoor element. Construct a simple wooden platform to support your structure – the fort itself may be closed in or simply a raised area were kids can gaze out over their domain – then determine how many fun ways you can add to access the fort. Consider cargo nets, rope ladders, rope swings, monkey bars or mini-rock walls that stretch to the ground. Add to the excitement with a slide, fireman's pole or even a mini zipline that let kids make quick escapes from the fort during play. Increase the wow factor by tailoring your fort playset to your child's interests – taking on the form of a pirate ship, submarine or castle for your little bucaneers, knights or princesses.
Author's Note: 10 Forts to Build With Kids
Fellow Reddit fans might recognize the ice fort mentioned in this article from a winter 2013 post on the site. Many thanks to user UnspeakableFilth for his tutorial on how he built his amazing colored ice fort. I'm waiting for temps to drop low enough in my area so I can give his idea a try!
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