Re-imagining School Readiness: Fort Building (IN DEVELOPMENT)

Building is a fascinating and fun activity for children of all ages. When children build they are learning geometry, practicing spatial skills, and engaging their executive function. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has become increasingly necessary to thrive in today’s world and therefore a national priority. Yet, a mistaken notion that complex thinking skills are beyond the ability of young children means that infants, toddlers & preschoolers aren’t always exposed to STEM concepts or activities during their early education. By providing libraries with the materials necessary to easily create play-based learning opportunities that focus on age appropriate STEM concepts, the Colorado State Library hopes to address that gap.

This kit will allow library staff to present play-based, interactive programs on measurement for young children, ages 3 to 7.


  • 1 set of 6 Squishy Shapes
  • 4 Fort Building Kits
  • 4 bed sheets
  • 20 Flashlights
  • 1 copy of each of the following books:
    • Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier
    • It’s Fort Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd
    • Builders and Breakers by Steve Light