|What in the world is this?
The kids were a little mystified, initially, but quickly started piecing things together. As you can see.
|Quickly became... hey, these fit together
|And more "these fit together"
|And then all the boy were in on the action
|And this was the result of a few minutes' work
There are a whole bunch of pvc pipe looking things (the white "sticks") that connect into these amazing hand-crafted nearly works-of-art themselves blocks. Blocks made of real honest-to-goodness wood. Not some polymer thing. Wood. Did you know they still made wood? I wasn't sure...
Once you assemble your structure, you can use the handy-dandy and quite durable clips:
And voila! You've created a fort where you can hide... I mean, um, where your kids can hide. Because I'd never try to hide from my children... or, at least, not in something this cool-looking as I know they'd find me.
This product is amazing, durable, and just so stinkin' cool...
I asked everyone to tell me the pros and cons to the Toydle fort, and the pro list mostly consisted of "it's cool" and "it's fun" types of statements. Dale & I like that it requires some imagination and definitely cooperation, and, well... we love that it is just fun and cool too.
The long (not) list of cons:
- we're in pretty tight quarters, so the kids really need to think about where they are going to set this up, and it really can't STAY up long-term (at the moment) without really getting in the way.
- the pieces don't necessarily come apart easily, though it seems to be getting better with a bit more use.
- And while I think the value is definitely there, the pricetag is steep for a lot of families I know... the regular fort is $149.99, and the Big Toydle Fort (that we received) is $229.99. That makes it something to plan for. And I'd recommend planning for it.
Check out this "factory tour" video:
You can read what other crew members had to say about Toydle here:
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive the Big Fort for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.