Build a Blanket Fort
Building a blanket fort captures the very essence of engineering: Design, Calculations, Safety, Human Factors, Physical Laws, Practicality, and Cost. Remind your little fort builder that they too can grow up to be a building engineer, earthquake engineer (in the event siblings destroy the fort), military engineer (designing to keep siblings in or out), materials engineer, or a civil engineer (making sure mom and dad can still walk through the room). And if you have a natural born leader, please let them know that building their blanket fort also qualifies them to be a construction superintendent, contract manager, site manager, and/or safety director. There's a STEM job for everyone when it comes to building a blanket fort!
Right there in your hotel room, bedroom, living room, dining room, or kitchen. Don't over think it. It's just a fort. Pick your battles.
Project Materials List
Fort walls (couch, table, chairs, beds, etc)
Fort stabalizers - aka - hold down items (books, shoes, binder clips, clothes pins, etc)
Fort accessories (coloring books, crayons, popcorn, game boys, etc)
Related Web Links
Check out this wiki page for some practical fort making ideas.
Ideas, Notes, & Tips
Resist the urge to micro-manage. It's just a fort.
Let them make mistakes! Mistakes are a very important part of the learning process! We learn the most from our mistakes.