The last time we got together our class ventured into the woods to create a fort.  The idea was driven all by the kids and their desire to collect long branches.    We ran out of time last visit and only had a little luck.  I told them we could return on our next visit but to be aware that what they built might not be there when we return.  

Here was their first effort two weeks ago:



Yesterday while we were hiking in Brandon informed us that someone had knocked down their first effort.  That was predictable.  But I was happy to see that Brandon and his family had been out hiking and he checked on it.

I was met with an overwhelming YES when I asked if they wanted to return.  Motivation….. ahhh like a breath of fresh air!

Liam led the way and we were off, of course they gathered building materials as they went along.  It is so cool to see these kids get to do what they really want to  do.  It is the true essence of play and creativity, something there is a shortage of these days. 


When we arrived it took a little time for them to get organized.  When the branches ran out they went into the woods and pulled more.  I was impressed to see them all working hard to create their fort.  


Brandon breaking branches.


Running round like crazys!!


The beginning…..


Kathryn and Hazel working hard.

After about a half an hour of work they created a wonderful little structure.  Sophia said they needed some type of carpeting inside…. another suggested leaves for a soft floor.  If we had more time, Hazel had been busy collecting bark to side the outside.  But as usual our time ran out  so she hid the bark under a nearby tree.  They could have gone on for another hour.

Look at this baby!!! 



As we headed back to the barn Hazel and I were talking. We knew that  the fort might not be there when we returned.  I said to her it is like creating art, once you release it into the world it is no longer only yours.   I hope that others will come upon this and climb inside and add to it or just wonder about it…. 

Great job Hazel, Christopher (chief wood collector), Brandon, Kathryn, Liam, Sophia and Shannon!

Keep on building.