(Psst…stay with me until the end. There may or may not be a giveaway for you!)
When I was first approached about reviewing Fort Magic for you, my initial reaction was, “My kids are too old for that.” Then, I looked at it a bit closer and started thinking that perhaps I was wrong.
I decided that I could see what they thought and, if they felt too grown to build forts, I could take the kit to my sister’s house one week for all the cousins (and dads) to play with. We never quite made it to my sister’s with the Fort Magic kit because, as it turns out, apparently you’re never too old to build an awesome, life-size fort!
They mostly-patiently waited while I snapped a few photos of the unopened box – it’s what we bloggers do, of course – then, they dove in! (“They” being my girls – led by the 18 year old.)
There are instructions and structure ideas included, but those, apparently, are for sissies. They didn’t need instructions; Brianna knew exactly what she wanted to build. Except the build didn’t go quite as planned. No worries, though, everything disassembles as easily as it assembles, so they were back to work with a better idea of what they were building in no time.
What is Fort Magic?
Fort Magic is a 382-piece fort-building kit for kids. It’s designed for kids ages 5 1/2 and up – up meaning, as far as we can tell, until you maybe die, because everyone had fun with it. The kids includes:
- 165 sticks in a combination of straight and curved and in 7 different sizes – the sticks are hollow metal pieces
- 87 connector pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes – these are sturdy, plastic pieces
- 130 fabric clips
- A full-color instruction manual with over 20 designs to build
- A roomy, sturdy storage bag
The sticks and connectors allow kids to build an amazing variety of structures. The fabric clips hold whatever covering your kids use for their fort firmly in place. We used just about every sheet and blanket in the house. The kit does not come with fabric covers, but plans are in the works for fabric covers from Fort Magic to be sold separately at a later date. No worries. We’ve got lots of sheets and blankets.
If you want to learn more about your options for Fort Magic fabric covers, there are lots of the suggestions on their World of Fort Magic page.
Fort Magic is safety-certified. The kit has gone thought rigorous testing, with the highest of standards, to ensure every safety measure has been met. Every test has been performed by a third party independent lab approved by the Consumer Products Safety Commission of the United States. You can find out more about how your kids can enjoy Fort Magic with both their safety and the longevity of the product in mind on the Fort Magic Safety Tips page.
Educational Benefits of Building Forts
As a homeschool mom, I appreciate the fact that fort-building isn’t just for fun. There is a bit of an engineering element to it, as well – not that I know enough about engineering to capitalize on that fact, but it was interesting to see what my kids decided would and wouldn’t work – since they chose to ignore the instruction manual.
Some of the educational benefits include:
- Increases spatial intelligence
- Stimulates invention and creativity
- Increases fine and gross motor skills
- Promotes multi-sensory learning
- Builds interpersonal cooperation
- Provides an opportunity to plan and finish a project
- Enhances a love of learning, curiosity and exploration
- Increases critical thinking and problem-solving skill
- Provides a fun way to promote STEM skill development
Josh didn’t get in on the fort-building, but the girls had a massive structure built in no time. It was in the living room with an opening on the end facing the TV, so they camped out in it for four or five nights.
Storing Fort Magic Kits
Then, on a Sunday afternoon, the girls completely surprised me by voluntarily disassembling their fort. We were resuming school after a break the following day and they know that clutter disturbs me. They often convince Brian to put up our tent in the living for “camp outs,” but they haven’t learned to assemble the tent. Brianna can disassemble it, but she can never get it to fit back in its storage bag. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle.
I love that the storage bag that comes with the Fort Magic kit is roomy and sturdy enough for everything to fit inside without the bag-stuffer being required to have the precision of a marksman. Brianna said the directions do state the order that everything needs to go into the bag for everything to fit, but there’s nothing to fold precisely and meticulously.
That may seem an odd thing to be excited about, but only if you’ve never had a disassembled and wadded-up tent take up residence in your living room for a week or so.
How to Find Out More About Fort Magic
I’m sure you and your kids will come up with dozens of ways to play with Fort Magic without any help from me, but some of the things we have done or want to do include:
- Create a cozy reading/study space
- Assemble a weekend TV-watching/camping out spot
- Build a just-for-fun bed canopy
- Take our Fort Magic kit to the cousins’ house for team building fun
- Continue to experiment with building designs to see what we can discover about engineering concepts
Even though my kids are older, they’ve had hours of fun with Fort Magic and it’s sturdy enough that I know it’s something I’ll plan on saving for the grandkids to play with some day. I’ll be the coolest grandma ever!
You can check out the Fort Magic Fort Designs page to get ideas of what all you and your kids could do with a Fort Magic Kit and read the Fort Magic reviews page to see what others have to say. It speaks volumes about the product that, as of the time this review was posted, they have 100% 5-star rating on Amazon. That’s impressive.
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Fort Magic obviously would make a great gift for birthdays or Christmas, but I’m also thinking it’s something that kids would enjoy going into summer break for those days when they’ve got some extra free time, but it’s too hot to go outside to play. You can purchase Fort Magic here. I’ve also got an opportunity for you to win a kit!
Fort Magic Giveaway
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.