As soon as I saw the YouTube video about Fort Magic, I knew this was a toy that I wanted in my home for years to come! I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite memories from childhood is building blanket tents, forts, houses, cars, castles, and more with sheets, chairs, couch cushions… you name it! Once I even found some duct tape! (FYI – It was great for holding the sheets up on the walls, but not so great when it took the paint… and pieces of drywall down during clean up. OOPS! ) Before I keep going, you should definitely check out this video.
We all know how creative our kids are and how strong their imaginations are. Fort Magic loves to say that you can “build forts as big as your imagination,” and that couldn’t be a more true statement. Kids can build castles, pirate ships, teepees, tunnels, submarines, race cars… they could build anything they can imagine.
Fort Magic is extremely user friendly. You can think of it as almost a giant set of Tinker Toys. There are various sizes of rods (straight and curved) along with different connectors and joints. You can follow some of the diagrams for ideas or just build on your own. Once your structure is framed using the rods, you use the blanket clips to attach any sheet, blanket, or piece of fabric to the frame. This is a HUGE improvement over the duct tape and couch cushions that I grew up using! It’s a huge improvement over the old dryer box that Fort Magic founder and CEO Erika Pope-Gusev’s son was playing in, too!
I had the chance to speak with Erika over the phone and was completely impressed with her passion for her Fort Magic product. Erika got the idea for Fort Magic when her son had spent days playing with a dryer box. She watched him played, his imagination running wild, and knew that she could do something better. That’s when she turned a normal box fort into a complete building set. Erika values the imagination and outside the box thinking that kids seems to bubble over with and wants to keep it that way. She sees Fort Magic as a way to keep kids active, busy, and creating!
What’s next for Fort Magic? Well, they’re on their way to producing fabric covers to go with the sets. That way you can have covers specifically for your Fort Magic. Erika is also working to create educational links to the Fort Magic kits. She home schools her children and explains how Fort Magic could be a great resource for other families who home school, or just families in general. Tactile learning experiences are never a bad thing!
Check out Fort Magic when you can. I had a blast building with Atticus. He is a little small to do it on his own, but you better believe I’ll be hanging on to this for later on. I don’t need him finding the duct tape!
Disclosure – A product was provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the writing of this review; however, opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
Ashley has a background in teaching Kindergarten and working with children K through 8th grade. She is now a SAHM and active with our local MOMS Club chapter. She writes her own blog at Momicles.