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My kids would probably 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.

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!

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Top Ten fort building tools, kits, and accessories!

1) Crazy Forts

Crazy Forts are 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) Fort Magic

If you want a kit that has all the bells and whistles, Fort Magic is for you. Not only does it come with everything you need to get started, but has enough pieces to build things like a ship, a submarine, and a castle! 

fort magic top ten fort building tools


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) Build-Abouts Modular Fort Kit

Build a Life-Sized Fort with Build-Abouts! Building Cardboard Forts is Easier and More Fun Than Ever! 

Connectors slide into place on the durable, notched panels. All pieces fold flat for storage. Includes over 20 wall panels, 66 connectors, and 4 double-sided signs.


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.

Fort Boards Castle


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) VeraCasa Washable Color Playhouse

Unlike other DIY playhouses for kids made out of cardboard, the VeraCasa playhouse is designed with ultra-durable polyester that can be customized with water-based markers and paints over and over again. 8 washable markers are included so you can start having fun right out of the box!


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-Cylinder maker to create that full castle effect! 


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 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?
What do you think of our Top Ten Fort Building Tools list?

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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