It’s no secret that we love forts, tents and hideaways. Here is a super-simple tutorial on how to build a structure out of newspaper. The way you create it can be modified depending on the age of your kids. Mine are seven and nine, so they did this all by themselves. All you need is some newspaper as well as some tape and/or a stapler.

Materials:

  • newspaper
  • tape or stapler

Instructions

  1. Take two sheets of newspaper, lay them out flat, one on top of the other, and start rolling them from one corner. The tighter the roll, the stronger it will be. My boys aren't tight rolling masters yet, but they did pretty well for their first time!
  2. Secure the end with a small piece of tape.
  3. Make as many newspaper rolls as your kids will allow. An ideal amount would be around 48, but I think we stopped around 25 or so.
  4. Make triangles with your newspaper rolls by taping or stapling the ends together.
  5. Create as many triangles as you can with your newspaper rolls.
  6. Secure the triangles together to build whatever size structure you want! The size will depend on how many triangles you made. Just make sure you have enough for the roof, which will provide the final stability for your fort. You can secure the joints with some extra staples or tape to be sure it doesn't move around too much.
  7. The rest is up to their imaginations! The structure should even be sturdy enough for a blanket on top. Either way, it's a pretty fun activity to do with your kids that they will be proud of and enjoy!

Allison Waken, full-time social media specialist and blogger, is a mother of two boys who resides in Phoenix, AZ. She features ideas proven to spark creativity, play, and interaction with children on her site All for the Boys.

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