When I was in grade 3 we had a cool reading fort. I am sure the teacher had gotten a new fridge and thought, “What can I do with this box?” From the era that never threw anything out she brought it in to the classroom and let us draw and paint and we made it into a house with a floor of pillows. Each day a child was chosen to have reading time in the fort. It must have been amazing because 30 years later I still remember how cool it was!
Creating a memorable reading experience is not only important for young readers but can be a lot of fun on a rainy day! Pop up tents, beach tents, large boxes, hula hoops, pillows, blankets, sheets, tablecloths, clothes pins, Christmas lights or even outdoor lights can create the best materials for a reading fort.
Don’t forget lighting is important for a reading fort. So make sure you have a safe light that doesn’t get to hot like a computer lamp or lamp with a shade to give a soft glow for reading.
In the classroom, or out you can create a fun space for kids to hang out and read. A Bro Cave or an ivory tower the options are endless. It is only limited by imagination and of course supplies. This is a perfect way to have quality time with your kids and watch them plan and problem solve while engineering the project.
So this weekend start planning your child’s reading fort.