Skip to comments.Need Ideas for a Kids Fort
Posted on 11/15/2012 12:47:15 PM PST by shatcher
Last spring my husband and I put our home on the market in hopes of buying a home on a few acres with some woods for our children to play in. The local real estate market is not very good, and with Obamas re-election, we have made the decision to ride out the coming storm in our current home with a little modification. We are going to turn the backyard play set into an awesome fort.
This fort will not be an adults idea of what a kids fort is
which according to the internet is a playhouse on stilts. The best forts are enclosed and difficult for adults to enter. They also have a trap door, rifle roosts, and a zip line exit. What other ideas do you have that would make this fort even more fun for kids?
The best fort is the one the kids build by themselves.
Well, if you had asked me at age 7, I would have said something involving a moat filled with piranhas. Hmmm....I still like the idea.
“Forts win wars.” - Spongebob
This one looks cool.
During construction, always keep in mind, “shooting lanes”...[wink, wink].
Don’t build it for the kids buid it for yourself. With CW2 on the way you never know when you might need it.
I suggest reinforced concrete and a ventilation system that ejects tear gas quickly.
How about a few 12 pound cannons?
Sounds like it’s time to play Cowboys vs. Moslems.
“The best fort is the one the kids build by themselves.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
But they may have a problem installing cable, electricity and high speed internet by themselves.
Tying into city water and sewage could be a bit dicey too...
My fort had a fake floor to hide my Playboys...
Just tell them the ground is lava and they have to deal with it. They’ll have lots of fun. A bicycle turned upside down is a crank engine and a ships wheel, by the way. They can navigate the lava that way.
You build it and they will use it a week or a month, OK maybe a year if it is superb.
Let them build it from plastic and scrap and they will spend that long “improving it”.
Sorry, but this is from almost 75 years of experience and observation. The last grandchild had a 5K fort and exercise area. After 2 years of no use they could not even get anyone to come and take it away free...
Some ideas here for making it a family area might be good.
Row of cinder blocks surrounding with openings for shooting lanes; no more than 2. Mortar not required.
Second row of mortared cinder blocks, 3 feet away from inner row, with corresponding shooting lanes.
Industrial-duty air-movers and half face mask, multi (gray) canisters.
Full supply of ammo, sabot-slugs preferable if you have a shotgun.
In corner directly opposite, one dozen remotely triggered martial-arts style “stars”.
Come get me.
Go to a junk yard. Buy copious amounts of old steering wheels, gear shift knobs, dials, switches, etc.
The kids will take care of the rest.
Agreed. But then growing up my brother and I used chainsaws and a front-end loader. Kids today...
Just give the kids a half dozen refrigerator boxes, a couple of rolls of duct tape....... and get out of their way
Exactly my thought. Don’t kids do anything for themselves these days?
Quad-50’s at each corner.
(Fort Douaumont, Verdun, France)
It has a trapdoor in the main deck leading to the hold, as well as a door in the back that leads out of the hold at ground level. I have since cut portholes in the hold to let more light in. A few other amenities have also been added (like a bell).
(Sorry about the image size - no way to reduce it right now.)
Appliance box, washer dryer fridge + box cutter + imagination.
Sharks with fricken LAZERS!
A periscope, and a flag pole for running up the jolly roger or what have you.
Throw in some plastic 55 gal barrels and some traffic cones. They make great towers and steeples!
“The best fort is the one the kids build by themselves.”
I would second that. In my youth I built around 3-4 tree forts with my friends. I also cut down some trees and built a 12x12 log cabin on the parkland behind my house with handsaws and axes. That didn’t go over too well with the authorities, but I didn’t know any better then and it was a different time back then.
Fast forward to my daddy years and when my son turned 10, I got exicited about having a bit of land and a boy that age so I built a small log cabin out of recycled split rail fence board for my son. He helped a bit but after it was completed he used it about 8 to 10 times. Mostly during the airsoft wars.
If you build it they wont use it aside for the intial thrill. Make sure the kids have a big hand in designing and building it. You get the supplies and give them pointers.
The unit is about 8' tall and the main platform is roughly 8' square. The walkway to the slide is 10' to 12' long and there are three swings hanging from it. The slide I made out of treated 2 x 12, plywood and sheetmetal for the speedy part.
The slide on a good day can throw a 10year old about 15 feet:-)
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Put a picture of King Obama on it and you will never have a break in or altercation of any kind.
Let them build stuff with you supervising and helping. Potatoe guns are awsome...but not be alright in tight quarters. There are a million boy building projects. The purpose is to teach them to build and see to it they “own” and appreciate what they create.
Make them help build whatever, or it will not mean as much to them. Our sons built a fancy shed to store thier big snow stuff and bikes in. They LOVED that shed. A shed.
If they are not old enough to use tools (with supervision) and make plans with dad, forgitaboutit. It will be taken for granted - “boring.”
So, when we were selling one of our houses the buyer was looking at the shed and said “this is a great shed” because it was. My son, age 17, said ‘that is because my brother and I built it special.” They built it (with thier dad) when they were 9 and 12. He showed the guy how they designed the roof so the snow would fall off and what all they put in the shed to hold what tools and stuff they needed. They had a “bike and tool bench” with electric and tool holders to work on their stuff.
This is the way you use “stuff” to educate your children. Make them center and responsible. Then they own it and are forever proud of it.
Best fort I had as a kid was a big old oak tree which had fallen down in the lot across the street - add some old vines to swing on and some corn stalks for “tomahawks” (sp? - and for anybody offended, tough), and you’ve got days and days of fun......
Get a 1000 gallon propane tank, cut a hatch in it, cut an escape hatch in one end. Put EMI gasket on the hatch/door, include 2 4-inch x 25 inch pipes for intake and exhaust air with a battery-powered muffin fan for the exhaust.
Let them decorate inside as they want.
bury it 3 feet underground.
They’ll have the only EMP protected fort in the neighborhood, and when Iran hits us with a High-Altitude EMP, they’ll be the only kids that can play their video games.
Hey, just a suggestion.
Or Confederate Williams Repeating Cannons for kids like this reproduction I ran into last weekend?
The fort I built my kids 20 years ago is still sitting in backyard. They used it off and on for a couple of years and that was it except for a few times when they were teenagers and needed a place to sit down while hanging out with their friends.
The best use it’s gotten has been as a hawk and owl perch for hunting squirrels and chipmunks. Great entertainment to watch them jump down, nail one of the critters, rip its guts out and fly back to their perch for a snack.
I bought a mobile kids’ fort. A 1975 Dodge Mobile home with 58,000 miles. I do not have to smog it. My kids enjoy having a base camp wherever we go. Take naps, sleep overnight, do projects, enjoy wi-fi, people-watching, climbing onto the roof, mobile whatever. I paid $2200, which is about $200 above what you would pay for a tent trailer. Imagine setting up a tent trailer every weekened, moving to a different location 3-4X per weekend.
The game plan is to use the kids ideas to make the fort with a little parental wisdom included, and help THEM build it. We are doing this in place of buying toys for CHRISTmas and they love the idea. They can't stop talking about it.
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