Our Tree Fort is a magical woodland wonderland where all of our miniature dolls and animals want to live. Each fort is unique and made from salvaged tree branches. Common features include a 20"-diam. base, three additional platforms of varying sizes, 12 story-building branches, seven stackable stair pieces and a solid staircase, two balconies, a rope ladder, a crow’s nest, a swing, a bridge, and a well with a bucket. Each tree fort comes with assembly instructions. Greenery not included. Sorry, gift wrap not available.
Turn the Tree Fort into a woodland home with a family of friends and furniture. These additional sets are sold separately, or can be purchased with the Tree Fort Kit in the Tree Fort Collection Special.
The Tree Block Furniture Collection is a set of 15 pieces that includes a Kitchen Set, a Bedroom Set, and a Living Room Set.
The Woodland Friends is a set of 5 dolls that are perfectly sized to fit in the Tree Fort. The set includes a Mother, Father, Little Boy, Little Girl, and baby.
Tree Fort Collection Special Save $49.94 when you buy our enchanting Tree Fort Kit, a family of Woodland Friends, and the complete Tree Block Furniture Collection (set of 15), and a set of Woodland Animals (set of 5) together — a total of 71 pieces. Sorry, gift wrap not available. Only $249
• Fort made from salvaged tree branches • Can build up to 4 stories • Lots of little details • Comes with assembly instructions • Great for imaginative pretend play
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2.7 (based on customer reviews)
the photo deos not match what you get
Comments about Product: I'll start with: I think my son will like and play with this. per other reviewers, we opened and assembled before christmas eve, and yes the instructions are terrible, but we went with the flow & that was fine. Why i say it's 3 star: What I do think is that tree house as imaged here is a better quality, more finished product than the one you actually receive. I am less certain I would have shelled out the big bucks, had I seen this in person.It's also impossible to tell if you receive all the parts b/c the instructions are terrible (if you won't shell for color then get some toner in the copier please)and show what I presume to be add-on pieces and the part list provided by magic cabin is nebulous in the description, as well.
Comments about Product: I wish I had read the reviews before spending so much money! This was awful to put together--directions poor--holes not drilled clean--can't make pegs fit without using a round file on them. Also, the picture here is of nicer quality--the wood I rec'd is dark and rough and dry. There were several broken pieces. I'm glad we didn't attempt this on Christmas Eve. I think we worked for 3 hours on it. [...]
Impossible to assemble, no resemblance to picture online
Comments about Product: This is absolutely impossible to assemble and bears little resemblance to the picture on the website. The kit we received was mostly dark wood, barely sanded, with rough cut wood holes throughout. The assembly "instructions" consisted of tiny black and white photos of the kit with no explanations at all. Moreover, the parts that came bolted together were in a different configuration than those shown in the instructions.
Comments about Product: Could not put the tree house together properly as we had no directions in the box. There doesn't seem to be enough nuts and bolts to put it together with. Very sad and huge disappointment and we spent sooo much money!! Never again.
Comments about Product: Love love love this product. It is attractive for all to look at and very fun for my kids (boys and girls) to play with. It is a little challenging to assemble as the holes don't always line up perfectly, but since it is a tree fort, you can modify the design in many ways to suit your preferences.
Comments about Product: Yes, this as hard to put together. Nothing fit right and we had to drill new holes, nothing lined up. It didn't have instructions. Okay, fine, no big deal. The thing is that this wasn't even decent wood, even after getting it together it was crappy. I'm very disappointed.
Comments about Product: We purchased the Tree Fort Super Saver. As I've learned from past Magic Cabin purchases, everything shown in the photo may not be included. This time, though, some of the accessories weren't even available for purchase. I wouldn't show accessories that can't even be purchased!Also, our beds, while serviceable, are not the hollowed-out logs shown in the photo. Those are much cuter than the ones we received.
Comments about Product: The package came badly damaged. A new product was to be shipped yesterday, but I do not yet have confirmation of that fact. Very disappointed. Very expensive toy, and now it might not even be here before Christmas. I will likely not return as a customer unless this is made right, promptly.
By Stephanie of the Pacific Northwest FromPortland, OR
Sweet Little Animals
Comments about Product: These are really sweet little wooden animals. I wouldn't have bought them if I just saw them on their own, but coupled with the little forest family and seeing the little forest family kid sitting on one of them, I could see what a perfect addition to a little forest family environment they would be. Useful (i.e., that they could be ridden), and totally adorable.
Comments about Product: If I had tried to assemble this, I would likely have been very frustrated because of the imprecise nature of its construction. This toy is clearly made for creative assembly and allows for many different configurations. My seven year old daughter and five year old son assembled it in 20 minutes and although it looks different from the photo, it is perfect! They love it and have adored creating their own gnome home. My daughter even made gnomes out of pipe cleaners because we didn't get the dolls. This set is for the creative-minded and not for precise follow-the-instructions type. We adore it.
Comments about Product: I bought the original version of this about 9 years ago for my first grandaughter...now all 7 of them play with it and love it. It stirs their imagination just the way one would want it to. It is a castle, a tree house, a pirate ship, a fort....all kinds of dolls and creatures live there. we make "additions" and our own furniture. it is the best money I ever spent for a toy.
Comments about Product: This dollhouse treehouse does have great play value. My 6 yr old daughter loves it and it definitely sparks her creativity and imagination.
HOWEVER, what the others have said is true: The assembly instructions are barely sufficient. Many parts arrived broken. I was never able to figure out how some of the accessories fit into it.
I know we could have exchanged it, but it really wasn't worth the trouble. I am reasonably handy and was able to fix all broken bits with some wood glue and some extra dowel pins I had. My daughter enjoyed helping figure out how to assemble it and deciding what went where. She's also accessorized it herself with some green cloth and extra brass cabinet knobs we had around the house.
So if you're a bit handy with wood and look as this more as a crafts project than a finished product, then it's a 5 star toy. If that doesn't describe you then be aware that this product may not be appropriate and you'll find it frustrating.
Comments about Product: This was a big buy for my family, and by that I mean we saved up and money to purchase it as the "special" gift for my two year old. It took me about an hour plus to build it. Notice I did not say assemble, as you should prepare to actually build this fort. Yes, there is a certain DIY pride one cane take in accomplishing putting this beast together, but half way through it did occur to me that a saw, some bolts and an outing to the park would have been cheaper and a more authentic DIY project. Most frustrating was that no matter how I designed the layout, several pieces did not fit into any of the spaces, including the stairs and a lovely bench. In addition, there are so many holes over each space that end up being not used one wonders if they sent all the parts.... So, as the parent with an eye for how things look, I think I am disappointed but optimistic that I can find some moss as cover up a lot of the defects as they did at the photo shoot for this product.
Of course, my daughter will love this. But she would have loved the cheaper version for $45 just as much. Magic Cabin, can't you look into this product? Seems like a lot of parents have the same issues....
Comments about Product: Very sweet, but the assembly took my husband and I hours (and we are very used to doing that sort of thing). The instructions are absolutely impossible to see - miniscule black and white photos, and no matter which way we put it together it was impossible to put all the parts on properly (the bridge just won't fit anywhere on our fort). We also seem to be missing some of the pegs and possibly some of the posts - I'm not sure how strong it is going to be and whether it will stand up to my son playing with it for long. Such a shame as the product itself is so cute, but for the money it costs I would expect it to assemble correctly. It seems that the instructions are a problem for most people, but nothing has been done to fix this.
Comments about Product: Bought this after seeing a friend's and the way her children used it for so many types of play. On a daily basis, my children find different toys to use, ways to make houses/beds for toys, hang fabric over it, and can use it 100 different ways. Very durable and so lovely to look at instead of plastic toys or dollhouses.
Comments about Product: Just received the tree fort recently. I read all the reviews before buying and now here is my contribution!
First off, I bought the whole package: tree fort, the furniture sets, animals, and woodland friends, as well as a set of fairy family dollhouse dolls, and a 36-piece pioneer miniature dollhouse accessory set. I decided it was better to splurge for a complete package than have a incomplete toy.
I couldn't decide which dolls to get so I got both the woodland friends set as well as the fairy family dollhouse dolls, and now that I have seen them I prefer the fairy family overall, though they are more expensive. However I may keep looking around for other options or try making my own, since cute faces are so important to me and the dolls don't have the attention to detail in the faces that I would ideally like to see. It is good to have dolls with bendable bodies for this tree fort though (which both those sets have), to be able to sit in the swing, hang onto things, or sit in the chairs etc. The woodland friends have bendable bodies but their clothes are a little stiff, and they don't stand, while the fairy family does. The fairy family is a little oversized but they still work (see my note on how I set it up below).
If someone would be upset by a piece of split wood, chipped bark or variable product from the pictures they might do better to look elsewhere than this tree fort. My package had all of these things. But since the pieces are organic it actually didn't matter. The split was in a stair piece which you actually don't notice. The bark was off a furniture piece you don't notice either. The two bigger beds had come unglued (by the way they are different than the photo now, they are a plank with a circular headboard and footboard), but since they were too small for the dolls anyway, I use these pieces for other things (stepping stones, a plank bridge etc.). Since they are organic shapes, there is so much flexibility for their use.
The directions are black and white photocopied photos which are too tiny to see properly and, I agree, are not very helpful. But they give an orientation to start off with. Right away I noticed that some of my preassembled sections were assemble backwards to those shown in the pictures, but it didn't matter. Basically they are components that can be assembled many different ways, which I have come to believe is one of the absolute strengths of this toy.
To get the most out of this be sure to leave time for assembly. Do not plan to do this late Christmas eve when exhausted. But it is fun assembly, not frustrating. A bit like a functional design question. I tried about six different ways before settling on an optimal set-up. My prefect set-up will need an extra drilled hole or two for the bolts, but that is no problem for us.
The preassembled pieces are basically to be stacked on top of eachother. But they do not have to be directly stacked on top of eachother, they can extend off to one side, jutt out, etc. One preassembled stack is too small to accommodate the fairy family standing, but was great for a side bower/seat/shelf next to the living area.
I got the pioneer accessories which were great for the little bowls, apples, baskets etc, although we do not need all the things in the set at all. Some of the small things (e.g. like the little bowls and apples) might be a challenge for younger hands, but do add to charm.
Even though the fairy family are bigger, they can sit at the chairs etc. They do not fit properly in the beds, and there are not enough beds for a family of five anyway, so you could skip this if you want and use soft wool or material for the figures to sleep on. The wooden animals could easily be replaced with any little toy animals you can find at home/near you. I do think it is important one way or another though to have furniture/ objects to set up in the fort. So if you don't get the complete set, have a plan for what you will use instead.
I took another reviewer's advice and bought greenery and silk flowers to decorate the fort, and this definitely adds to it (no greenery comes with it). It's not expensive to do, and I recommend it.
From examining the pictures I can see the tree fort has changed over time in terms of exact product, but the concept is the same.
Another note: I ordered this from Magic Cabin and then saw one in a local store. The one in the store had a piece that wobbled, and I could see that maybe there is variety in terms of quality control. However the one I got assembled solidly.
Overall I am pleased with this toy. It appeals to all (my husband likes it, which says something) and is winning in the charm of the wood in organic shapes. Although a substantial outlay of money, I think it will last a long time and get extended use. I really like that it is wood and not plastic, rounded and not linear. The ability to change and rebuild the fort in different configurations is really fun and will be great for teaching children about building and spaces and design. A multi-use toy for sure.
Hope this review helps you!
Comments about Product: Both my daughter and I absolutely love this toy! She uses it with her polly pockets, and any other little doll that comes around. The instructions are useless, but my nine-year-old daughter figured out how to put it together by herself, and all I had to do was tighten the screws. The beauty of this toy is that it can be construction many ways, and changed as she feels the need. I added some simple decorations to make it look more tree-like, including moss covered fake rocks and little fake flowers and reindeer moss. The bushes are on little pegs that fit right into the extra holes, and can be moved when we want to puts something else in an empty space. The way the staircase came was not very stair-like, just a bunch of pieces of wood on a stick, so I took it apart and glued it into a curvy staircase, and added some landscaping. This toy even inspired my daughter to ask for a garden for the dolls, which I gladly created for her. I have included some pictures to help inspire!
Comments about Product: Our daughter asked for the tree fort for Christmas and has really enjoyed it. It was a little difficult at first to set up due to poor instructions (and the fact that it was 1:00 am Christmas morning) but after examining the parts it's really not too bad to assemble. You can assemble it different ways, and if you use your imagination and not try to get it exactly like the picture it's quite easy. We were missing the animals with our order and Magic Cabin shipped it to us [...]...really great customer service! The quality of this product is very good and it should last for years. Would reccomend for sure and will order from Magic Cabin again.
Comments about Product: The sad part about this toy was that it was a santa gift that when opened to assemble the day before christmas - it was broken, the main wood piece split right down the middle. My husband luckily knows wood and glued it together so it went under the tree. The bad part is because we had put it all together, we didn't think we could exchange it or return it.
The design idea is wonderful, but in my opinion, due to the quality, it is overpriced.
The kids however love this toy. My other complaint is that it is HUGE- again, if my kids were writing this review there likely would be only positive comments and that's why I gave it 4 stars. It is pretty awesome stuff once assembled. They have played with it for HOURS.
Comments about Product: This tree fort is so neat! I love that it is made from real tree trunks and that it can be put together multiple ways. My kids have loved playing with it. It's funny but it also appeals to adults. I have had multiple adults/parents comment that they would love to play with it too. That makes for a great imaginative parent/child play time. I would definitely recommend this product.
Comments about Product: This tree fort was basically well made and my grandchildren like it. I was disappointed, however, that some of the parts will need to be re-glued or have different holes drilled. For this price, I would have expected better quality control. It is not worth the expense to send it back. I will fix it myself. These errors have not prevented my grandchildren from enjoying imaginative play with this tree house.
Comments about Product: I had my eye on the tree fort for a long time. I'm very glad we invested in it. All the children in my home enjoy playing with it. We have it on a table so four children can play around it at a time. It is attached with velcroe because it is heavy.
Comments about Product: My daughter loves this! She like to rebuild the tree house into new configurations. This is easy for my 8 year old. We also bought the furniture with the house. Most of the furniture was broken and had to be glued. Also there isn't enough pieces to furnish things properly. My daughter uses pieces from another doll house and has collected pebbles to make more furniture.
Comments about Product: Yes, this is an adorable and engaging item once assembled. This was a Christmas gift for my seven-year old daughter. She was amazed by this unique toy and she absolutely loves it! Her reaction was priceless. However, the instructions are a nightmare. You will only be able to understand them if you can dicipher the low quality, black and white, photocopied pictures...there are no words, only item numbers that don't make sense.Also, I had to order this item twice. The first shipment had [...] misassembled pieces. The second only had one misassembled piece - the base. At that point I was trying to follow the crummy directions with the main piece assembled backwards...so nothing else fit properly. The Magic Cabin staff were fantastic when handling my exchange. They have excellent customer service. If you can survive the assembly, you will be pleased with your purchase!
Comments about Product: We adore this thing--used as a "fairy house" in my home. I bought it when my eldest daughter was 3. She's 8 now, and she and her 3-year old sister play with it daily. Over the course of several moves and a very destructive toddler, I think one piece of wood has split--but even that's not an issue, as we wrapped it with hemp twine and it simply adds to the overall visual aesthetic! I agree that the instructions are fairly useless. However, those who are complaining about that are missing the point that this toy is an open-ended building concept. There is no one-right-way to put it together. We have constructed it multiple ways, multiple times, and that just adds to its interest. Instead of the woodland family, I bought the Kathe Kruse Fairy Family Collection, and we have the furniture set as well. Recently, I went to the local craft store and bought a pack of green wool roving for "leaves"; several different types of ribbons; and some silk flowers to "spruce up" the fairy home, and it was a total hit. I initially cringed at the purchase price of this toy, but it's incredibly worth it in terms of play value, beauty, and inspiring creativity.
Comments about Product: This exceeded our expectations. To help with the expense - we joined with their other grandparents to give this gift. Provides hours of imaginative, quiet playtime - very much worth the money.
Comments about Product: We ordered this for our 4 year old for Christmas. Come to find out this was by far the worst toy to assemble. The instructions are photo copied, hard to see, and do not tell you anything. The bolts and holes do not line up and nothing stays together. very dissapointing because this has the potential to be a really cool playset.
Comments about Product: I have two boys (age 5 and 9) who received this for Christmas. It actually had the ability to captivate and encouraged hours of non-electronic play. We got the cable car kit which can attach to the tree fort and other objects in the room to transport rocks or other treasures back and forth. My boys intend to play with this fort with their Star Wars toys and other action figures (they thought it was straight out of Endor or Lord of the Rings).
Comments about Product: This is a great toy! My daughters use with fairies, gnomes & animals in all sorts of fanciful stories. Currently being used as Santa's elves workshop in readiness for the Christmas Holidays. :D
Comments about Product: Glad to see this is still available. We bought one 3 or 4 years ago. We keep it on the porch. It is a kid magnet. Everyone (kids especially) who comes over loves it and loves playing with it. It is still in working order after years of hard play. The twine recently broke, but after years of sheltered outdoor use, this didn't seem a big deal and easy to replace. I highly recommend this product for girls and boys.
Comments about Product: We just bought this from a local store and came online to buy a second one for friends. It is very large and fabulous! We have had up to 4 children playing with this around a table. There is plenty of space so that each child can have some room. Regarding the other review, the reason it might be considered 'flimsy' is that it is supposed to be moved and rearranged into different formats/layouts as the children play. It is well made and high quality wood with a beautiful finish. The peices are 'loose' and not fixed in place although you could do that with wood glue we won't because it will ruin the child's ability to manipulate the house as they see fit. A wonderful toy!