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Activities That Foster Imaginative Play

My kids love love love making forts. What kid doesn’t? 

When I was a kid I remember grabbing as many blankets and sheets as we could find, piling up the couch cushions, and draping our sheets over them so we could have the biggest and best forts around. It was so much fun to make-believe we were in a castle, or in outer-space, or wherever our imaginations took us. 

Imaginative Play with Limited Space

Now that I have my own kids, it is so much fun watching them use their imaginations and see where it will take them. The only problem is that in our house we don’t have removable couch cushions, and we don’t have a lot of extra space for fort building to take place. 

When I first saw Fort Boards, I not only thought they looked pretty darn cool but also that they would be a great way for my kids to be able to build their forts and then take them to the next level all in the limited space we have.

Fort Boards

What about these Fort Boards?

What I really like about Fort Boards is that they simply snap together, and each piece can create multiple different angles for building, so you don’t need to sit and search for a certain piece to fit — they all work at any point in time by just adjusting the angle. 

Fort Boards Building

My youngest daughter and I tried them out one day and thought the house we built was pretty cool.

Fort Boards House

You can also get the design cards to complete the look and transform your house into a castle, or rocketship, or whatever your budding architect decides.

Fort Boards Castle

One tip I have for the design cards is that you need to make sure the tabs on the construction panels are facing the outside when you build the structure. I found out the hard way that if you build it the wrong way and the tabs are on the inside, it doesn’t work out so well as your boards only fit into those slots.

Design Cards

When building, the pieces were super simple to snap together and the locking pieces that go between the boards were very easy to figure out when it came to the angles. Directions are provided, and they are easy to follow. 

Fort Boards Locking Piece

The only thing I’m not sure about is how sturdy the fort will be if you try to move it. We ended up building ours in front of the baby gate that leads upstairs, and I had to move the fort to get through the gate. When I moved it a few of the pieces unsnapped. I’m not sure if I just didn’t have them snapped in tight enough or if they snap apart that easily upon moving. Time will tell, but we have only built the one structure so far. 

Overall, kids will love being able to build anything they desire and parents will love seeing their creativity come to life. 

You can find more about Fort Boards by visiting their website here.
Don’t delay as the last day to order for Christmas delivery will be December 10th!!


Why is pretend play important?

There are numerous reasons why kids should be able to use their imagination and engage in pretend play. According to bright horizons, through pretend play:

  • Children learn about themselves and the world. 
  • Children work out confusing, scary, or new life issues. 
  • Children develop important complex social and higher order thinking skills. 
  • Children cultivate social and emotional intelligence. 
  • Children synthesize knowledge and skills. 

And Scholastic.com says that by engaging in pretend play, children build skills in many essential developmental areas.

  • Social and Emotional Skills
  • Language Skills
  • Thinking Skills


I was provided a fort building kit by Fort Boards in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.


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  1. Love building forts? Check out these Top Ten fort building tools! - October 10, 2016

    […] Fort Boards do not use the tube model like most of the other forts, they use an interlocking boards that have connectors to fasten them in a variety of positions. We had a ton of fun building a house out of our Fort Boards! You can see our full review of this product here: Fort Boards Review. […]

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