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Besides cartoons and animal crackers, childhood is synonymous with building forts. To the imaginative child, Mom's walnut coffee table becomes a prehistoric cave with wooly mammoths roaming outside. Dad's suit closet is a NASA rocket ship ready to blast into outer space.
Kids are never short on creativity -- especially when it involves making a fun mess out of the living room with lots of blankets and pillows. Take the construction to the next level with Crazy Forts. This innovative set lets kids build and play ceaselessly, thanks to a collection of ball and rod pieces. The literal "building blocks" of the Crazy Forts set include 69 pieces that consist of 25 solid plastic balls and 44 reinforced sticks.
To build, kids can simple fit the sticks into the anchoring balls to build up and down, or at an angle. The box also includes five design ideas that help kids build a castle, tunnel, igloo, rocket, and house. For these plans, kids just need to keep the printed "Crazy Forts" words at the top of the ball. This will ensure that the angles line up as the structure grows, and makes it easy for kids to self-direct.
What about when the structure is completed? Kids can just throw bed sheets over the top to bring their designs to life. This gives young builders a lot of room to be creative and encourages experimentation.