As a parent, I like kids’ toys and tools that are open ended and can be used a variety of ways. I want children to be able to shape their play and environment according to their own ideas and imagination.
Which is why I am an incredibly huge fan of Fort Magic kits.
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I am a big believer in the magic of Fort Magic.
The magic of Fort Magic is how the construction can be so very different each time, despite using the same basic pieces.
It is how big you can build with the 354 tubes and connectors that fit into a sturdy and compact mesh bag.
And it is how the kit works in service of the imagination, ready to be whatever the maker wants it to be.
- A submarine? Sure!
- A group of individual forts for pretend play? Of course!
- A stick figure? Okay!
- An igloo? Go for it!
- An airplane? Lift off!
- A boat? A fishing pole? Both are possible!
- A spider web? Weave one!
Pretty much whatever a child wants to build or create can be made with the Fort Magic kit.
My kids and their friends have built so many and varying forts, castles, vehicles, tunnels, boats, and toys out of our Fort Magic kit.
Many of my friends have purchased kits over the years, based on my recommendation, and report the same.
And it is a hit in classrooms, too. I gave a set to Daphne’s old preschool that I hear is almost always in use. And a teacher friend of mine used a set with her 6th graders in a unit on the stone age.
The Fort Magic kit is comprised of tubes and connectors of various shapes and sizes. It’s amazingly simple yet brilliant. By connecting the pieces in different ways, so many different things can be constructed!
What Can Be Built with a Fort Magic Kit?
- Large forts, big enough for an adult to walk into
- Small, cozy forts and teepees
- Vehicles, boats, and rocket ships
- Toys and games
- Contraptions of all kinds
- Backyard obstacle courses and water toys
- Tunnels and mazes
- Hideaways, reading nooks, and room dividers
- Arches and round windows
The list is virtually endless!
We’ve constructed many of the ideas Fort Magic kits and we’ve created many of our own ideas.
The kids have built inside and outside, with friends and alone, and I’ve even made a few things for them at times.
How to Cover a Fort Magic Fort
To cover our forts, we use a variety of fabrics, including ::
- Play silks and silk scarves
- Random fabrics and sheers found at the thrifts store
- Sheer fabric purchased by the yard at the fabric store
- “Spooky” cheese cloth fabric bought in the Halloween aisle
- Large rolls of craft paper
(New Fort Magic covers are in the works, though, and I’m excited to see what they are all about!)
Fort Accessories and Decorations
We’ve decorated our forts so many different ways, including with ::
- Flowers (real and artificial)
- Pipe cleaners
- And the aforementioned play silks
This month we made a Halloween house with the Fort Magic kit! We covered it with sheer white fabric (curtains from the thrift store) and added Halloween lights (orange, purple, and red), a witch hat, and pumpkins.
Maia wove a couple of spider webs on it out of yarn and we added spiders just for fun. (A large spider was made from black pipe cleaners and a black balloon; smaller ones were purchased in the Halloween aisle.)
So yes, I’m a big believer in the magic of Fort Magic.
It is a large-scale construction kit that children can handle and that adults will be equally enthralled by (Did any of us really outgrow fort making?!) and that will grow with the child and his creativity. All the while facilitating his creativity.
Want to Buy a Magic Fort Magic?
To buy a Fort Magic kit for your family or school, head on over to the Fort Magic store or to Amazon. As I’ve said before, they have been known to sell out, so if this is something you’d like to give as a holiday gift, you might want to snag yours now.
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*This post is sponsored by Fort Magic. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.