Everest Toys Crazy Forts, Pink
Crazy Forts is like a big Tinkertoy set - it allows kids to build ball-and-stick structures on the scale of feet instead of inches. The set comes with 25 balls (each about the size of a baseball) and about 40 sticks (each about a foot in length, maybe a bit longer), which is enough to build a tower about 8 feet high, a multi-peaked "castle", an igloo, or many other things. Inside the box, the manufacturer has provided a sheet of instructions for building a few different structures, but once one gets the hang of it, it's easy to envision and realize other types of "forts". The biggest challenge in building any of the suggested structures or your own invention is that the balls have holes in specific places, and although each hole is labeled (e.g. "A"), the labels are hard to see. If you don't put the sticks in the right holes, the angles won't work out so your roof won't sit right, or the fourth wall won't close, or something like that. After you build a fort, you'll probably find yourself wanting to build something bigger, so we also suggest buying two sets if you have more than one kid who will want to play inside the fort. Note that it is a little difficult to seat the sticks in the holes, so this toy works best with parental supervision or for kids 5 and up.