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My kids would likely live in a fort in the backyard if I let them! They’ve built forts from kits, blanket forts, stick forts, and pretty much anything and everything turns into fort building. There are many nights when I get asked by one kid or another if they can build one and sleep in it. Indoors, of course.
I’ve compiled a list of our top ten fort building tools and kits, many of which my kids will use over and over again year-round, indoors or out. These kits are really versatile and you can literally make any configuration you want and build them anywhere! We’ve used them in our living room, outside under a nice big tree (for shade), in bedrooms. Basically, no place is off limits.
Top Ten fort building tools, kits, and accessories!
1) Crazy Forts
Crazy Forts is Amazon’s suggested choice as a fort kit and is one we have and use often. It is highly customizable and you can buy multiple kits to make your forts even bigger!
2) Straw Connector STEM Building Toy
If you want a kit that is fun and educational, the Straw Connector set claims to be the one. With 300 pieces that interlock, kids can develop motor skills while having a great time.
3) Makedo Cardboard Construction Toolkit
You have no idea how many times my kids grab empty cardboard boxes, use their imagination, and just build something. Most of the time they are wasting rolls and rolls of duct tape, and it still doesn’t work exactly like they want, but with these cardboard construction tools — the sky is the limit!
4) Air Fort
For a fort that builds in seconds and allows imaginative play for hours, the Air Fort is exactly what you need!
There is no assembly required and it inflates in less than 30 seconds. This is a great option for those who want to offer the fun of forts but have limited time or space for a full kit.
5) Fantasy Fort Kit
Build a Life-Sized Fort with the Fantasy Fort Kit! Stimulate your child’s imagination and building skills with this versatile 32 piece construction set.
innovative double-sided Velcro connectors that attach to all four sides of each panel, and additional carton building clips that provide support for two-story structures
6) Fort Boards
Fort Boards do not use the tube or cardboard model like most of the other forts, they use 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.
7) Kids Imagination Kit
Like the idea of easy forts but don’t want all those tubes around? Sprouting Tykes Kids Imagination Kit is the answer!
The kit includes a duffle carry bag, fort tent cloth, headlamp, binoculars, compass, exclusive star guide, rope, and suction cups.
8) Jumbo Blocks
Really take your building to the next level with this set of Jumbo Blocks. Whether you want to build a castle, a rocket ship, a food stand, a puppet stage, or more, your child’s imagination is the limit!
9) Snow and Sand Maker
Take the fun outside this winter and build some snow forts! The Color My Worlds Sand and Snow Coloring Kit comes with a brick maker and fun colors to make neat designs! It is awesome for building walls, igloos, and castles!
If you really love playing outside, you can even take the fun one step further and get a SNO-Buddy Penguin and have a whole rookery outside your igloo!
10) Blanket Fort
Perhaps the easiest fort of all, and one my kids love making and playing with ALL THE TIME is the traditional blanket fort.
Here it is made easy with panels that connect and weighted anchors to keep the forts in place. As many parents know, there is nothing worse than hearing the shrill yells of a child who’s blanket fort won’t stay in place.
BONUS – Discovery Kids
My kids have and love the Discovery kids set, and we have so much fun creating new configurations each and every time.
The price is right as well. We grabbed a couple of kits so that we could really expand our fort building skills — and if a piece or two goes missing or gets broken, no big deal. 🙂
Have you tried any fort building sets?
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These top ten fort building tools are our picks as favorites as of today. This list is updated frequently as we find new and improved kits. If you have one you love that you think should be on the list, please let us know!
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