Child’s Play

Competition Details


by lousmith

Bildy is a series of fort building supplies which are meant to be an enhancement of the basic found objects which usually end up being composed into children’s forts, such as blankets and sheets, chairs, tables, tree trunks, books, and rocks.

The pieces are not meant to replace these traditional supplies, but to enhance the opportunities available, and therefore extending the possibilities of the child's imagination.

Individual pieces include first, tension lines with hook ends for hooking to other objects in the kit, or velcro strips at the ends for wrapping around legs of chairs, or other found objects. Tent poles, one type bending into an arch, and another kind, a shorter straight pole, both of which can held taught with tension lines. Non-slip weight holders which keep found weights from slipping on top of the sheets, or smooth floors. Strong, lightweight clips used to hold sheets together at the ends to create larger surfaces for walls and ceilings.

This toy is appropriate for children ages 9 and up. These are the stages when the child’s motor, and problem-solving skills are complex enough to be able to handle such a building task. Also a time when the child's imaginative play is becoming very complex, which makes the forts the perfect toy to integrate, and create to match the situations imagined.

The pieces are very small when broken down, to decrease the necessary storage that a typical pre-built playhouse requires.

Overall, Bildy fort building supplies allow for children to decide how far they want to go. There is no prescribed combination, and the children can customize, leave out, add more, find their own building supplies, and build something as big, or small, in any shape and size they can imagine!