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Explorer Kit

(104 customer reviews)
$99.99 $65.99 – Sale ends August 15th
Build really big forts for kids…
  • Endless play for kids 4-12 years old
  • Keeps kids off screens and engaged in creative play
  • Stores back in provided carrying case at end of day
  • Winner of 9 toy awards

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Looking for a way to get your kids away from smartphones, tablets, and video games? Want to help your children develop essential skills while playing? Interested in finding a fun activity that your kids can entertain themselves or the whole family can play together?

Introducing the Make-A-Fort Explorer Kit for little architects with big imaginations!

Your kids will enjoy endless hours of creative play building forts, castles, tunnels, mazes, and more.

The Make-A-Fort Explorer Kit is here to help your kids:

- Develops confidence as your kids realize they can make something amazing

- Improves spatial skills, fine-motor skills, social skills, problem-solving skills & hand-eye coordination.

- Challenges their imagination as they transform their room into a kingdom, the wild west, or a city for a day

- 20 x S3 components (large squares each 23" x 23")
- 18 x T components (yellow triangles)
- 86 x C components (black foam connectors)
- 1 x Carrying Case (24” x 24” x 4.25”)
- 1 x Getting Started Guide 
- 1 x Children's Product Certificate

Make-A-Fort panels are made from an upgraded cardboard that is much stronger and much more durable than normal shipping box cardboard.  To put this to the test, we placed bricks on a Make-A-Fort panel and a on a piece of cardboard cut the same size from a normal shipping box.  The Make-A-Fort panel easily held three heavy bricks.  The normal shipping box cardboard collapsed with about half the weight of a single brick.  The Make-A-Fort panel was over 6x stronger than normal shipping box cardboard.

Note: We do not recommend putting heavy weights on the Make-A-Fort panels like this but did so just to demonstrate this isn’t typical flimsy cardboard.

Make-A-Fort panel with three heavy bricks

Make-A-Fort Panel with 3 Bricks

Flexes but doesn't collapse

Regular shipping box cardboard crumpling with a single brick

Shipping Box Cardboard with 1/2 Brick

Collapses


✔️ Reduces screen time by giving your kids a fun real-world alternative

✔️ Made from a reinforced cardboard that is strong, durable, and eco-friendly

✔️ Easy to assemble, tear down, and store away under a bed or in a closet (no more throwing away the fort made from cardboard boxes)

✔️ Color the panels with paint, markers, or crayons to make them your own

✔️ Create amazing light shows by adding an LED light (not included) inside what you've built

✔️ Setup a target gallery by placing the foam connectors inside holes formed between adjacent panels

✔️ Can even test your pet's IQ by building a maze for your pet

✔️ Give an amazing gift this year for Christmas or birthday or any time (for ages 4-94)

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Teresa Reichek
July 28, 2022
Imagination is the limit
First it was just a playhouses. Now we transform, and it's whatever the kiddo dreams up!

This pic is a rocket ship!
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Pete Steiner
July 15, 2022
Explorer kit fun
Wish we had this when I was a kid. Many great hours of fun together with my grandkids! E
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Wish we had this when I was a kid. Many great hours of fun together with my grandkids! E

What an awesome product, bought two kits and probably need to buy more.
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Shari
March 18, 2022
Love this go my 9 year old son and grandkids
We have lots of fun with these fort building kits. We always run low on the little black pieces that hold the forts together, so you should allow us ...More
We have lots of fun with these fort building kits. We always run low on the little black pieces that hold the forts together, so you should allow us to buy extra or include more. They take up lots of space when built, but the kids love setting up the forts. We have built outside, but always take them down same day.
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Melissa Opp
January 5, 2022
Kids love it
Three kids ages 4,6 and 10 all love it. Our loft has turned into a village, princess castle, dragons den and more!
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Dawn Christensen
December 31, 2021
Gave this to our Grandchildren for Christmas. They absolutely love it. Already built and each has there own room with blankets pillows and laptops. Co...More
Gave this to our Grandchildren for Christmas. They absolutely love it. Already built and each has there own room with blankets pillows and laptops. Couldn't have spent money any better. Hope you have something fantastic in the works for next Christmas♥️
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Frances Deering
December 29, 2021
And the winner is: Make-A-Fort”!
This is a gift that brings families together. My granddaughter received her gift and my daughter enjoyed it as much as her daughter.
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James McInnis
December 29, 2021
Fun fort
We had a lot of fun making our fort. Pretty easy to put together. We followed the tips Make a Fort e-mail me. The grandson went into the fort and he’s...More
We had a lot of fun making our fort. Pretty easy to put together. We followed the tips Make a Fort e-mail me. The grandson went into the fort and he’s not come out. In fact he wants to sleep in it. A little pricey, but worth it. I recommend Make a Fort.
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Jason E Lawson
December 27, 2021
Love It! Best Christmas Present for My Four Kids
Bought two sets…and we’re still going strong with different configurations, coloring, bracing & learning😂 Love it! I’m having a lot of fun with t...More
Bought two sets…and we’re still going strong with different configurations, coloring, bracing & learning😂 Love it! I’m having a lot of fun with them (kids range 5-11). Great gift and my only suggestion if you’re planning on buying one or two is buy extra dots.
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Cathey Ryder
December 27, 2021
Fun’
Our granddaughters are having a blast with their make a fort kits. Today was space day!
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Lauri Wilson
December 27, 2021
Amazing Fort-Making Fun!
Love this product! Very easy to assemble and promotes creativity! Provides hours of fun for all ages. Very nice quality and like the added feature of ...More
Love this product! Very easy to assemble and promotes creativity! Provides hours of fun for all ages. Very nice quality and like the added feature of being able to color the designs on the cardboard walls. Enjoyed building forts with the grandkids - we all had so much fun!
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Misty Scott
December 27, 2021
Awesome!!
I was a little skeptical at first but I ordered 3 boxes. It is amazing!! So easy to put together and was able to make a pretty awesome fort!!
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Michele Bordelon
December 27, 2021
Great gift for families
We gave this to our grandchildren (ages, 4 and 2) and they love it. They helped their dad (our son) set it up and played with/in it the entire time th...More
We gave this to our grandchildren (ages, 4 and 2) and they love it. They helped their dad (our son) set it up and played with/in it the entire time they were visiting us for the holidays. Then when it was time for them to head home, packing up in the box was quick and easy. Love this product and highly recommend.
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FAQ

BASICS

Building forts with boxes is great but this is way better than boxes…it’s panels that kids can connect together to build whatever they imagine. It stores back in a provided case when not in use, can be used over and over, and is much easier to build/tear down.

Our kits are also quite durable (checkout the See How Strong page). and can be reused for years to come. It’s worth every penny!

Kits are what you buy and Creations are what you can build with the Kits.

The Kits include a variety of components that can easily be connected together to build many different types of Creations

Build any one of our Creations by downloading step-by-step instructions or build your own Creation the way you want.

The Explorer Kit is our original fort building kit that allows building really big forts easily. The Creator Kit is an expansion pack that can be combined with the Explorer Kit to build more intricate and challenging forts.

Yes. Each of fort building kit is made from an upgraded cardboard that is much stronger than normal shipping box cardboard. Can be used over and over with reasonable care. Check out our See How Strong page for a demonstration of the strength.

Yes. To assemble, simply slide the foam connectors snugly into the panel slots. To disassemble, simply remove the foam connectors from the panels. Can be reused over and over again.

Yes. Each fort building kit has been tested by a certified toy testing laboratory to ensure all components are non-toxic and safe for use in a children’s toy.

All components fit back in the provided carrying case. The carrying case fits under a bed or in a closet when not in use.

A single Explorer Kit can make a 4’ tall fort that requires about 4’ x 6’ of floor space. Browse our Creations to see the floor space required for different types of structures.

Many families use their main family room to build a big fort during the day and then disassemble the big fort back into the provided carrying case in the evening to reclaim their family room.

Our Explorer Kit includes 20 large panels, 86 black foam circular connectors, 18 yellow triangle braces, a Getting Started Guide, and a carrying case.

Our Creator Kit includes 67 panels in a variety of shapes, 86 black foam circular connectors, 6 yellow triangle braces, a Getting Started Guide, and a carrying case.

Yes. Each fort building kit is made from recycled cardboard and can be recycled again at the end of life of the toy.

Yes. Each of our Creations have downloadable step-by-step instructions.

Simply push the black circular foam connectors snugly into the panel slots to connect panels together.

Connect lots of panels together to form forts, tunnels, mazes, etc.

Younger kids (4-6) will often need help building while older kids (7 and up) can often build themselves.

The Explorer Kit is intended for anyone that enjoys building forts. These forts are easy to build, are big enough to play inside, and have a stronger structure when complete.

The Creator Kit (Expansion Pack) is intended for advanced builders that want a challenge. These forts often require following a long sequence of instructions, can be too small to play inside, and can be "wigglier" when complete.

For a single younger kid, a single Explorer Kit may be enough.

For multiple kids or for an older kid, two to three Explorer Kits are recommended.

For very advanced builders, adding one or more Creator Kits to your Explorer Kit purchase is recommended.

Browse our Creations to see how many of each kit are required to build a variety of different structures.

Add your shipping address to your cart to see an estimated delivery date in your cart.

See our Shipping Policy for shipping details.

BENEFITS

Yes. Reimagine your time together. No batteries, no screens. Make-a-Fort is a product that lets kids be kids. No blinking lights, annoying sounds or screens - let your child imagination take center stage.

Yes.  Make-A-Fort is one of those rare activities that is fun for almost any age and it's a great way to spend quality time together as a family.

Yes, kids can build forts over and over and over.  After the forts are built, kids can bring in their collection of toys, a pillow, and a blanket to have their own private space.

Yes, coloring the panels with crayons, markers, or non-toxic paint can be another really fun activity.  The reverse side of the panels are blank and provide a great canvas for your own designs.

SHIPPING AND RETURNS

Yes, we have a 14 day risk free money back guarantee starting from the date your order is delivered.  Read more in our Refund Policy.

No, all packages are shipped in plain brown shipping boxes without our logo to avoid giving away any potential surprise.

Shipping is fast. Most orders ship from our warehouse the following business day. You can see an estimated delivery date when in the shopping cart.  See our Shipping Policy for more details. 

Update your shipping address in your cart to see shipping and handling cost.  See our Shipping Policy for more details.

Yes, when your order is boxed up and has a shipping label, you will receive an email with tracking number(s) to track your package(s).

Track Order

We recommend 1 x Explorer Kit for a younger child (4-6 years old) and 2 x Explorer Kits for an older child (7+ years old) or for multiple children. Browse our Projects below to see the kits needed for various projects.

Projects

Explorer Kit

Creator Kit

Requires 2 x Explorer Kits

Requires 2 x Creator Kits

Requires 1 x Explorer Kit

Requires 2 x Creator Kits

Requires 1 x Explorer Kit

Requires 1 x Creator Kit

Requires 1 x Explorer Kit

Requires 1 x Creator Kit

Requires 1 x Explorer Kit

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