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Snow Fort Building

Snow fort building is the practice of building a structure out of snow and ice.

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History
There is no formal history of snow fort building, but presumably it all started when one kid realized he could make a really cool fort to then throw snow balls from and other kids realized that the first kid was a genius and immediately started building their own.

Where
Snow forts can be made anywhere where there is an abundance of snow and ice, and cold temperatures.

How to play
Snow forts can be built by piling blocks of snow on top of each other in a house like manner. In order to form an igloo the top needs to be tapered off in a dome shape, as opposed to the square shape of a fort.  The best snow to use when building a fort or an igloo is wind-blown snow as it is already packed down. Natural melting and refreezing will help make the fort or igloo even stronger over time.

Suggested equipment
- Warm clothing
- Hat
- Gloves

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.

Sensory

Be creative in building your fort. Participate with a friend to help guide an individual with a visual impairment. Make a path in the snow to provide direction to the fort.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

There is no limit on the creativity that can be used to build your fort. Make it a game, participate with a friend, adjust the length of the activity as desired.

Mobility Limitation

Adjust the method of building your fort to suit the needs of all. Use the size of snow blocks that are suitable. Participate with a friend who can help with lifting and adjust the duration of the activity to the desired time. For some, this activity may be more suitable on a flat terrain so consider building your fort on a patio or driveway or maybe even bring the activity indoors and be creative with building cubes.

Benefits of Snow Fort Building

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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