Quite simply, we are in love with the Cranium Super Fort. We discovered this kid-size (and by that I mean BIG) building toy at a friend’s house recently and we were immediately hooked. This is a life-size tinker-toy set that is easy enough for a two-year-old to assemble and exciting enough for his engineer daddy to keep playing with long after bedtime.
The basic set contains 16 bendable foam cylinders, 16 magnetic connectors, 6 rigid foam tubes, 6 bases, and a colorful assortment of tenting material (and clips) to drape over, around, and through the creation after assembly. It comes with instructions for the focused 5 and 6 year olds in the crowd, but kids older and younger won’t want or need them.
The colors are bright and attractive, beckoning kids over to play. The foam tubes are light enough for a toddler to lift and hold in place while the group decides what to build (and foamy enough to bounce off foreheads if there is an unfortunate disagreement). Assembly is a snap, as the foam tubes snap right into the magnetic connectors with a satisfying click, and the connectors can snap on bases for stability.
The resulting structures — rockets, castles, ships, houses (with basement, according to my 2-year-old), even a car — are sturdy enough for a team of kids to play in and around. Even my 6-month-old likes to grab the pieces and sit in the finished product with his big brother.
This toy is a hit, and a fantastic addition to our playroom.