Construction Fort by Discovery Kids 72pc Build & Play
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A few notes on the other reviews that I've read:
You can make triangles for rigidity. Quite easily actually.
Yes, it's tight to get the the rods into the connectors but you need that for the connections to stay.
No, kids under the age of 9 or so will likely get frustrated by these. However, I've had a lot of fun with my nearly 7 year old at explaining the geometry of structures we've built. As the son of a contractor and a former framing carpenter, I love talking about structural stability with her (even if I have to simplify it down some ;) ).
Ultimately, this toy is cool, even if it takes a little work. Treat it like and educational opportunity and not just something to shut them up and you'll be quite happy. Moreover, have some fun with it and be a kid with it and you'll be geeking out pretty hard soon enough on your own!
Nov 29, 2014 UPDATE:
Almost two years later and we still break these out. I make a pyramid for my younger one, now 5 1/2, for he and his buddy to play in just the other day. They helped out on the construction and on where to put things. Still fun!
My son is almost 5, and a parent does have to help him construct each fort. Especially the first time. It does require some pressure to stick the pieces together. Some of the ball connectors have holes that are a little tight. But I imagine they will loosen up over time.
We have built 3 structures in 4 days. The rocket ship fort photo that I uploaded is ours. Our forts have easily held the weight of 3 sheets. (This was also a concern listed in another products review.) My son has a sensory processing disorder, and as a result he often plays roughly with things. He hasn't broken any part of this yet. And if when he is crawling in and out of his forts a piece pops apart, it is easy enough to pop back together. We are very very happy with our purchase.
My 9 year old daughter has to put muscle behind the rods to get them in, which is a nice change from watching tv, and sitting idle.
She and a friend have to use patience, imagination, coordination, and trouble shooting skills to get the structures to work, and the payoff is a great place to play!
When my kids ask me to build something, it takes less than 15 minutes to get a simple hut built.
My toddler fits inside the structures with the two girls, and there's plenty of room to sit facing each other eating snacks.
To clarify the description, this set actually comes with 77 pieces.
This is the best thing we purchased this Christmas!
The toy is a little expensive for what you get, but it is really fun. I am considering buying a second one so that we can build even bigger!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's true that the sticks frequently come loose from the balls, that an aggressive toddler will absolutely use the sticks as a weapon on his siblings, and that the sticks will... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dustin A. Armstrong
Found this on sale for 12.99 so for that price I bought it. It is very hard to put together. I bought it for my 2 3-yr old grandchildren. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Bonnie Perfetti
We got this as a gift, and it takes too much force for the 5 yr old to attach the nodes to the poles, so i have to do it for them, then the poles keep falling apart. Read morePublished 21 days ago by ten
Bought this for Christmas and my 5 yr old and 10 yr old love it. Easy for them to use and breaks down for storage quickly. Glad I bought two so they can build bigger forts.Published 24 days ago by Ashlie Reavis
We hate Themis toy. The holes in the circular pieces are cut too small for the sticks so When we build a simple square they continuously fall out. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jennifer Loshaw
This looks like it is going to be a lot of fun... Until you actually try and set it up. It is very flimsy, the holes are not cut cleanly. Read morePublished 26 days ago by gary
This is by far the worst thing I've ever purchased on Amazon. I don't blame Amazon yet the manufacturer. Cheap and frustrating to even attempt to put together.Published 27 days ago by katie
I got it for my just 5 grandson for Christmas. He love it and plays with it frquently. No more borrowing all the blankets and all the dining room chairs!Published 27 days ago by C. Brethauer