Fort Magic, a fun backyard building kit for kids

[Video Link] My 9-year-old daughter and her friends love playing with her Fort Magic kit (the manufacturer sent me a couple of review kits). You get a box full of PVC pipes and connecters and clips to attach sheets or tarps. You can build all sorts of things with them, from dangerous blow guns (we use cotton balls and tape with a big needle) to clubhouses. See Fort Magic's YouTube channel for other projects.

We've had Fort Magic for a couple of months and Jane has not yet become bored with it, which is surprising, because the only other things Jane doesn't get bored of doing over and over are watching TV and using a computer.

Previously: Fort Magic: rod-and-connector system for building elaborate fabric forts

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  1. I love the idea and would have /loved/ a tinker toy set for forts (we had to use dead trees). The curved bits are nice too.

    But I still find that very optimistic drawing of a fort in the lower right amusing. In the fine tradition of toy box art!

        1. Hello!
           I am Erika, the director of Fort Magic.  The reviews on Amazon are from some of our first customers.  Many of them purchased through our website directly. We contacted all customers when we first launched on Amazon, and asked if they did indeed enjoy our product, to write an honest review.  Their reviews are definitely real, as are their photos which can be found on our Facebook page also http:/ .  Many of them have won our family photo of the month contest as they’ve submitted such incredible designs!  We still get emails from families who love Fort Magic months after they bought it!  We are so confident in Fort Magic we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee!  If you are not satisfied with Fort Magic for ANY reason we will refund your money no questions asked.  You may like to give it a try!?  You have nothing to lose, literally!  Have a wonderful day! Erika–

      1. 9 out of the 11 reviews are the reviewer’s only review. All of the reviews have 100% positive meta-reviews. That strains probability.

  2. When I was little we had “Flintstones Building Blocks” which were like giant Legos one could build child sized structures with. Simpler and more elegant in conception than this item although this looks entertaining too.

  3. In my day we draped a blanket over a card table, AND LIKED IT!

    (My day pretty much sucked…)

    1. Cardboard appliance boxes too!  Until the parents got a little more ambitious for the outdoor projects.

  4. I had a similar set as a child, but it was much sturdier and you could climb on it.  The tubes were all blue and there were various colored connectors that snapped the pieces together. We built jungle gyms, forts, rickshaws and all sorts of invented things all our own.  (The closest analog on the market today appears to be the Quadro Playset, but ours was cheaper and a lot more versatile.)  Of course, the trouble was if you can climb on it, you can hurt yourself falling off of it . We covered a the roof of one fort in a blanket, and my younger sister tried to climb it on top of the blanket, which slid off of the plastic frame with her on it.  She fell three feet headfirst onto the ground, breaking her collar bone in the process.  I assume this sort of hazard did in whatever company made this fantastic toy.

    1. I had something similar that was all black tubes, red connectors, and stiff plastic plates you could snap into place to fill the tube-made polygons. Loved it. Never managed to break any bones on mine, though, and it’d be a damned shame if kids learning about gravity the hard way put a company out of business.

  5. I’m torn between loving the concept, and dreading bits of fort getting snarled up in my lawnmower. It does look versatile enough that it could live without a few pieces though.

  6. Sooo.  This, plus Makedo and a sewing machine pretty much cover all of the full-scale kiditecture needs I can imagine.  Now, we only need a way to teach architecture and sewing to children ages 6-12.

  7. Mark, you need to get Jane some better wall/roof materials… try thrift stores for cheap patterned sheets so she doesn’t have to make do with the one unpleasant tarpaulin and the white sheet which she probably is hesitant to play with too much so that it doesn’t get dirty :)

    I think this is a cool-looking toy; I’d want to make luxurious desert nomad king tents like in Lawrence of Arabia.

  8. Nice! I can now achive my 5 year long goal of building my own Gitmo in my back yard! Thanks!!

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