The fort in the backyard has always been a favorite among kinds. Most of us remember the excitement of being young and pretend play that comes with the fixture that is the fort. It's a place of imagination. For many those memories took place in the classic tree fort. What child doesn't love the idea of climbing up a rope ladder into a small fort built by wood? All that's required is a stable tree and forking branches, making it the go-to for backyard fun.
The popularity of the ubiquitous tree fort is due to the combination of being up high while being enclosed. The tree fort, however, does take some carpentry and planning. Often, the most popular forts amongst kids are the more intricate ones. Building a fort with multiple levels, connecting bridges, or separate platforms only adds to the excitement. Add-ons like tire swings or a secret telescope are also very popular.
Another popular outdoor fort that's easy to construct is the timeless cardboard fort. The great thing about a cardboard fort is that most kids can throw one together themselves. One big cardboard box with a hole cut out should be sufficient for younger kids. The more elaborate forts can be an ingenious collection of boxes stacked together to form a giant enclosure. Children love involved forts, so a labyrinthine interior with walls sectioning the fort into parts is a big plus. Kids always love crawling and snaking their way through tight spaces.
There are also creative takes on forts. Natural enclosures such as a cluster of thickets or a hedge can be used as well. Hanging a tarp from a tree and boxing in an area provides the same feeling of being in a more traditional fort.
Recently, giant forts with all the bells and whistles are becoming more popular. These construction marvels allow a large number of kids to play together. Some have the customary tree-fort appearance, though they're typically based on the ground, whereas others have more exotic looks. Boats, rockets, and, whatever else you can imagine are now employed for kids' enjoyment.