4 thoughts on “School Snippets: Snow Fort Currency

  1. Fascinating. I can recall the brisk marble-economy that sprang up in grade 7, but the tokens weren’t our own creations; they had to be abstracted from the adult economy, by means of adult currency.

  2. emerge says:

    *WOW.* That is the coolest thing ever (literally). So this trend is not new, eh? So you get initiated your first winter in school and can develop over successive winters? What I love is that there’s such intensity associated with a craft that is going to MELT on you given the chance, and that its very existence totally depends on the whims of the weather.

    Some questions though – once you’ve bartered some blocks for a really pretty crystal, what then do you do with the crystal? Do you display it in your fort? Do you take it home and put it in your freezer? What is its inherent value, outside of currency? Do blocks themselves get turned into crystals?

    And what is the protocol regarding the forts – does everyone know whose is whose and they just never touch one that isn’t their territory, or is it every kid for himself, or is it dependent on vigilance and defensive/agressive measures? Do the blocks become yours once you’ve added them to your fort, or do you keep them somewhere in order to trade?

    Is there any system of hierarchy when it comes to forts? Do people with the biggest forts have a higher social standing? Do they play in each other’s forts? Is it like Settlers of Victory? (which, btw, is a way awesome name.)

    This is so far advanced from anything I ever did in school. Though we had a pretty big field to play in at Dundana, so I guess it wouldn’t have been quite the same. We had cliques, but no pretty snow crafts.

  3. Krista says:

    We have snow fort block drama on our yard (which I must admit I usually try to solve with “no one owns the snow”…. btw that does not actually work) but I’ve never heard of the crystals. I’m intrigued! Our kids have a currency system for the non-snowy weather. They set up “stores” (usually one of the big rocks or logs in our woodland garden) and trade pebbles, stones, sticks and other pieces of nature. I’m not sure what they get for what, but they are very involved and seem to be having a good time.

  4. must second all the questions from emerge. Corollary to the hierarchy question: is anyone who wants to be a part of the snow-fort society ever left out? are there exclusions and cliques and losers?

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