Hello friends! Today I am excited to be bringing you another amazing, open-ended, battery-free toy that will inspire hours of creative play and hands-on learning, and I’ll even show you how you can use it to work on speech and language skills. If you haven’t heard of Fort Magic construction kits yet, prepare to be amazed! Although my family was provided with a complementary set of materials to review, all opinions are 100% my own, and I am very impressed with what this product has to offer. Read on for a chance to win a set for your family, too!
What is Fort Magic?
Fort Magic is an innovative fort building and construction toy with unlimited building potential to invent “life-size” creative designs. The Fort Magic kit that we received in the mail included a massive amount of tubes and connectors (382 pieces, to be exact), a full-color manual full of tips, tricks, and construction ideas, and a sturdy bag to contain all the pieces when they aren’t being used. The only thing not included at this time in a Fort Magic kit is fabric to cover your creations, but rumor has it that custom fort covers will be available sometime this fall. However, we found that plain old sheets, blankets, and play silks work just fine and allow for plenty of creativity! In the photos in this post, we used three old window sheers to cover our fort and even added some white Christmas lights to make ours extra magical 😉 You can also visit the Fort Magic website for tips on covering your creations with fabric and patterns for sewing custom covers.
Although my three-year-old twins are not able to build a fort with this kit independently quite yet, the colorful pipes and connectors fit together easily enough for them to participate in the assembly of our creations. It has been incredibly fun to watch them learn as we create together as a family- they study the diagrams with us, pick out the correct number of pieces, and work very hard to connect them together “just right.” With two young preschoolers, any activity that helps us teach them to work cooperatively with each other (which can be tough for them) is highly prized in our house, and this one definitely fits the bill.
In addition to social skills, my twins are refining their fine motor skills, expanding their vocabulary, and integrating math concepts such as counting, geometry, and spatial reasoning into their play. The finished Fort Magic creations are awesome for inspiring some pretty fantastic pretend play, which is wonderful for language development, and using the idea book to guide our construction is an ideal way to create a print-rich environment to encourage meaningful literacy, even for children who aren’t reading yet. I’m confident that this is a toy that will grow with my children for many years to come, and I can’t wait to watch them become more independent with their creations as time passes. To read more about what other parents and teachers think about Fort Magic building kits, visit their reviews page.
Building Language with Fort Magic
I would be remiss if I didn’t pop on my speech-language pathologist hat for just a moment and talk about the benefits of construction activities for language development. I mentioned above that building forts is great for vocabulary expansion– not just the obvious nouns and verbs, but also prepositions, descriptive terms, and social language. Building activities are also a great way to practice giving and following directions, which is something young children and children with language delays/disorders often struggle with. Using the Fort Magic kit would be a great way to work on sequencing and storytelling– have children retell the steps of how they built their fort, and the instruction manual would be a great visual support tool for those who are not quite ready to do it just from memory. A big part of my job in the public schools was working with social skills groups, and this type of activity would be ideal for kids who are working on important pragmatic skills such as turn-taking, problem solving, perspective-taking, conversation skills, etc. After the fort is built, the imaginative play that is sure to happen is rich with opportunities for language-building as children interact with their peers.
I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to review the Fort Magic building kit and share my thoughts with you. I fully recommend this product for families, schools, and therapy settings that value opportunities for creative play and hands-on learning. If you are interested in purchasing your own Fort Magic kit, you can find it for sale on the Fort Magic website or on Amazon (affiliate link). Or, try your luck in the giveaway below!
Thanks to the generosity of Fort Magic, I am super excited to be able to offer you a chance to win your very own 382-piece Fort Magic building set for your family, school, or therapy setting! This set has a retail value of $199, so it’s a great opportunity…enter now and tell your friends, too! The giveaway is open to residents of USA and Canada only– shipping costs are included for eligible addresses. Good luck!