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Let’s Talk…Fort City

January 27, 2014

75060_10201363575310991_1128314119_nMother Nature has been hitting the entire country with her arctic blasts lately. What is a child care provider to do with a program or classroom full of young children cooped up indoors? One of the best things you can do is shake things up a bit and build an indoor tent! Working as a team to create your fort builds child development in all areas – physical, intellectual, language and social. Children will take pride in their accomplishment and enjoy crawling into their tent. Reading books, coloring and board games take on a whole new meaning of fun inside of a tent!  Keeping a side open for easy viewing and providing them with activity ideas will help keep problems to a minimum.

So, bring on the blankets and pillows, we’ve got a fort to build!  You can find other cold weather inside activities on Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Iowa’s Pinterest board. I love the potato head pieces in a tub of snow idea!  What are some of your favorite indoor cold weather activities?  Share with us at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/childcare/indoortent/


Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader is a human sciences specialist that misses the daily hugs and high-fives from little people.

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  1. My kids love a tent! I have even been known to let them keep it up for several days as long as the interest was there. During the cold winter weather season, we also enjoy indoor masking tape games like hopscotch, balance beam, bullseye bowling and even making tracks for cars.

  2. @Susan
    What great ideas! Be sure to pull up that masking tape before the end of the day so you don’t get a sticky residue on your floor. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Malisa,
    My daughters still love to make a tent in their bedrooms. They’ll stay occupied in their room for hours upon hours, while they are constantly “upgrading” the tent as well. It’s also a great avenue for imagination and creativity. Thanks for the post, I enjoyed reading it.