Crazy Forts Review: Build your Dream House
Encourages creative and interactive play
Kids love building forts
You need spacy room for this fort
How it works
Kids love interactive toys. If we can bring interactive toys and interactive play outside of the computer games and screens and bring it inside our home especially on these rainy autumn days it would be even greater. Another thing that kids love too is building their imaginary homes, houses, towns. Very often your kids can occupy the whole living room or their room because they have decided to build a fort with chairs as their pretend walls, or pillows and of course some blankets. In building this kind of fort there is always a problem-it keeps falling apart-either pillows are too small or the blanket is not large enough to cover up so the result is the fort keeps falling down.
So, now you can have a solution to this problem. Crazy Forts have come up with an idea for all those young fans of building forts and compiled a set of plastic sticks and balls that gives the opportunity for many designs of kids’ imagination. You can customize the sticks as you like it and can invite your friends for a sleepover. Each time you can build a new type of house and we are sure parents will be surprised by kids’ ideas and creativity. Parents also love this construction toy because it motivates kids to play actively and use creative and imaginary play.
What’s in there?
However, everyone who sees these two types of packing will assume that there is an older and newer model although on first sight and later confirmed there are no detectable differences between the two sets. After the toy is removed from the box the box cannot be reused again for storage of the toy. This Construction toy comes with 69 solid plastic pieces that are actually comprised of 25 purple geometrically precise solid plastic balls and 44 green reinforced sticks. The bedsheet is not included in the set and this is a pity because it would be nice if the set contained by itself a cover or even a carry bag for later storage of the toy.
There are many holes on the ball so if you are wondering which one is the right one for the stick to be pushed each purple ball has some arrows that point to the top hole (arrows facing upwards) and it is recommended to have the Crazy Forts logo on the ball facing straight up. Each ball also has a letter inside and each letter allows the stick to be held at a different angle.
Lots of the complaints from customers who bought this fort referred to the instability of the sticks even after the fort was built and that they could not hold heavier blanket on the top of them but the manufacturer has clearly stated that this toy is intended to be used with bedsheets. After using this toy for once or twice it is much easier to understand how the process of construction goes and you will have no problems in reinventing other designs.
Depending on the form that is being built there is plenty of room for two kids and this toy is intended for a collaborative play and plus is great because it is gender-neutral. When you built your home it is quite roomy inside and many parents claim that if the crawl in the entryway they can fit in the main house. One thing worth mentioning here is that regardless of the kids’ age you still have to be cautious with this toy because of the sticks that can represent a danger for kids’ eyes.
You can use random fabrics that can be purchased at thrifts stores, play silks or scarfs or even curtains. Every house needs a décor and this house is no less. If it is summer period maybe you can engage your child to put some small flowers on the roof or in the upcoming Christmas period you can even decorate your structure with lights. The design is so simple but it offers so many possibilities of décor and plays that it is simply amazing.
Versatility of play
With 69 pieces the child can design a house with a roof and entry that you can cover with a bedsheet and it will make a perfect home for reading books with night lights or just playing with the favorite toys. If your kids are in love with princes and princesses you can help him built a whole castle with a gate and turrets so you can role-play your kids’ favorite fairy tale in the castle.
Boys would love to build a rocket ship and play a pretend-play about going to space or those who like to play soldiers can build a meandering tunnel. So you can call your friends and start playing. The instruction lists one more structure that is the igloo with a dome shape and definitely, there are more than the ones mentioned on the web page or in the instruction because children’s creativity has no limits.
Although there are many complaints that the toy is not stable enough after carefully reviewing we have come to the conclusion that stability is not an issue if you assembly the construction toy carefully and in a proper way, strictly following the instructions. If the stick is all the way down inside, the fort is sturdy and you can test its sturdiness by lifting the fort or tossing it and you will be assured that it does not fall apart. The sticks are hollow so there are not supposed to be load-bearing and kids should be aware of this so they should not climb over.
The fun is even greater if you have purchased more than one set because with more than one set you can build really big forts and houses and by working cooperatively and together kids can do lots of creative things.
The bed sheet or the blanket is not included in the construction toy. The provided instruction and the drawings on the packing can inspire you to get some ideas about the design of your favorite place. The assembly process is relatively simple and can be done if you follow the instructions carefully. Once the structure is ready the whole family can be involved in the play because this simple but yet innovative toy offers endless hours of pretend-play.
Mainly recommended for kids from 5 to 9 years old it is a perfect toy for the kids from this age period since they love acting imaginary stories or fairy tales or just building constructions that can last. Made by sturdy plastic that is flexible you should not worry about the stability of the structures that are made for exceptional playtime experience. This 69 piece construction set can be a great gift for the whole family, a boy or a girl and be sure that the parents will love it too because of the building nature so you and your child can grab a bed sheet, put it over the structure and start camping in the middle of the room.