Thursday, September 29, 2016

Where will Your Child's Imagination Take Them? HearthSong Fantasty Fort #Review + #Giveaway


Thank you to HearthSong for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

When I was a little girl, I used to love using my imagination when I played My sister and I would often build forts in the living room, using the dining chairs, and all of the pillows and blankets we could find. Now that I am a mom, I see my own son wanting to do the same thing, and we have built many forts on many rainy days. The only thing I dislike about it is dragging out all of the blankets. It's sort of a pain to have to fold them all back up and put them away. I have long looked for a fort set that can easily be set up and broken down, and one that my little man would enjoy building and playing with.



HearthSong had the answer to our fort building dilemma. HearthSong features awesome, unique gifts for kids of all ages, which you'll feel good about giving! HearthSong has been committed to connecting moms and dads with wholesome, quality playthings for their children since 1983 (that's the year I was born!). HearthSong was founded by Barbara Kane, and shipped the very first HearthSong catalogs, which were printed in black and white, and included pencil drawings of select toys, from her very own home. Twenty-five years later, HearthSong still embraces its name, celebrating the Hearth as the center of the home, and the Song, which embodies a family's spirit. HearthSong believes that children ought to be occupied with the joy of creative play and just being kids, and they offer quite a unique selection of activities, toys, decor and more!

We've had the pleasure of working with HearthSong, and sister company, Magic Cabin in the past, and we have been so pleased with the items we have received. They are all still among B's favorite toys and activities, even years later!


We were excited to receive the Fantasy Forts Set from HearthSong!

The Fantasy Forts set is a great way to enjoy fort building and play time with your kids! The set includes 16 cardboard 'wooden' panels- some have cut outs for windows, others are full panels. The set also comes with red Velcro strips to secure the pieces together with, and cardboard building pieces.


The 32 pc set is actually two of the 16 pc sets. This is plenty of pieces for building a fantastic fort!

When B opened up this awesome set of fort building supplies, he was beyond excited. He loves building forts, and couldn't wait for his daddy to get home from work, so they could build together!
Hubby also loves building forts, so I knew that this would be something that they would enjoy doing together. I was eager to see their interaction while building. B wanted to play with this amazing fort set immediately, so we opened up the packages while we waited for daddy to get home.



B, looking through the contents of the packages in his room.



Ready to build!

We laid out the fort pieces in B's room. Unfortunately, we have a small house, and don't have a lot of space, so we knew that this would be a temporary set up for play. We laid out the cardboard panels, and fisheout the instructions for building. Each pack of panels came with a roll of red Velcro tape, and a way to measure the length that we needed to cut strips. The Velcro tape is used to hold the panels together at the sides while building. B enjoyed helping his daddy measure the red tape, and watching daddy cut the strips.


Once the strips were cut, and the connector cardboard pieces were folded together, it was time to get to building a fort!

B and my hubs used the panels to create a cool fort in B's room. They connected the panels so that the fort was tall enough for B to stand up in- in a tower section, and they also put a roof on it. They built the fort out, so that B could crawl into it, like a tunnel. It took about twenty minutes for them to get it all put together. It was great to see B's excitement for the fort to be built, and he had a great time building it with his daddy.



Two panels tall, B fits inside of the fort's tower! He couldn't wait to put a roof over his head.



Let's play! This is B's finished fort! Looks pretty awesome, doesn't it?

We wanted to make a really big fort for B to play in, but we ran out of space. My hope is that we can take the set outside this fall, when the weather is nice, and B can build a giant fort to play in! We'll have to take it all down when he's done, but I have a feeling that it'll be a lot of fun! B can't wait to build a fort with his Cousin C in a few weeks. We'll be getting together for a family birthday party, and the boys are going to have a blast playing with this awesome fort set!

We left the fort set up in B's room for a few days. He loved taking his blankets in there, and even asked if he could sleep in it. We often found him in the fort with stuffed animals, his superhero toys, etc. Even both of his grandmas were invite into the fort to play and read books. This fort set is an awesome gift idea for any child in your life to loves to create and explore!

It does take a little while to put the fort together, but for the most part, older kids can do this by themselves. B is almost six years old, and he did need help putting it together. My hubby thought this set was so cool, and the only drawback for him was that the red Velcro strips weren't pre-cut. The fort comes down easily, and can be stored with the pieces all stacked together.


So much fun! Let's hide out in the fort for a while!

I won't lie- I've thought about hiding out in the fort, myself! It would be cool for mommy to steal a few minutes and read in the fort, or make a phone call! Ha!

Check out the Fantasy Forts video...



Main image for Fantasy Fort-32 Piece Set

Fantasy Forts Details

What does the fort of your dreams look like? Have a blast building it, no matter what it looks like—or invent it as you go—with this cool kit’s connectable wood-look panels. What if your idea of a dream-fort changes? Even better! Remake it in a different shape, for part of what makes this kit so special is its innovative double-sided Velcro® connectors that are easy both to do and to undo. The other special part is the sturdy 22" x 22" heavy-duty cardboard carton panels that can be connected on any of their four sides, and the additional carton building clips that support second stories (choose 16-Piece Set or 32-Piece Set). Fortifying fun!

• Kids can build the fort of their dreams
• Connectable wood-look panels
• Double-sided Velcro® connectors
• Heavy-duty cardboard carton panels
• Carton building clips support 2 stories

For ages 4 and up.

Styles
16-piece set- $39.98
32-piece set- $69.98

Size
Building panels are 22" x 22"

This is one of our favorite products available at HearthSong! We have reviewed some really cool toys, games, and activity sets from HearthSong, and I think this is our favorite so far! I really love HearthSong, for so many reasons. They offer so many amazing toys and activities for kids of all ages. Their website is well thought out, and so easy to use. I love to go on there and browse, and with the holidays coming up, I know that I'll be doing some holiday shopping on their site. You can shop by category, shop by age, shop by best sellers, etc.  There's even a handy gift finder for you to use if you're looking for special gifts!

Want it? Get it!

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Want it? Win it!

One lucky MBP reader will in their own Fantasy Fort Set from HearthSong! What fun you'll have building amazing forts! This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. No PO Boxes. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win! MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See our policies page for details.

Special thanks to HearthSong for allowing us to review and share about this fun fort set, and for offering this fun giveaway for our readers! Look for our other HearthSong reviews, and look for a holiday review soon!

Good luck!



4 comments:

  1. My niece would love this. Gloria

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  2. I would give this to my son for Christmas.

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  3. I would give this to my nephew.
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