We had some lumber scraps leftover from a fencing project.
We had a boy who was eager to build.
It is very tempting for a skillful and well-meaning adult to take over this kind of project and create his or her own dream fort. Don't do it. Be an assistant. Let your child be the architect, the foreman, and the carpenter, as much as possible.
This is the first level. It's about a foot off the ground.
The second level is about 4 and a half feet off the ground. I showed him how to use a level. We discussed how to attach it securely. I helped hammer when he got tired, and hammered the high ladder steps for him.
A little ladder leads up, up, up...
all the way up to a special spot he found for relaxing, way up high.
A special place for being up in the dappled light, nestled in the trees, touching bark and warm limbs, breezes blowing about him.....way, way up high in a place he had never been able to reach before.
Some friends came over to join in the fun. They sawed and hammered, too. They helped make a sign. They helped celebrate by doing laps in the little yard with pennants.
Do you have a little spot where you could let your child create his own fort? I didn't think I did, until today.
If you would like to make some pennants, there is a link in the right-hand column.