Playmobil Western FortHop on your pony and head for Fort Brave but let them know you are friend, not foe. Of course, they know that already with soldiers scanning the frontier from their elevated walkways or keeping guard from the raised lookout with the warning bell. Weaponry includes a working cannon, explosives, a barrel of dynamite, spears, guns and flaming arrows. Kids love secret passages and this fort has a few, disguised along the stockade fence, and on the outside of the rock prison cell. Playmobil’s exquisite attention to detail delights kids as they weave a story about the cavalry, Native American Indians and outlaws. Soldiers can roll up their felt bed rolls and tie them to the back of the saddle for overnight rides, blow a bugle, and throw a rifle over their shoulder. Munitions and explosives boxes are at the ready, while the American flag flies from string on the flagpole. This open-ended fort has enough details to weave a story that can take a new turn with each new play time. Pretend play helps kids practice their storytelling which builds language skills for later reading and writing.

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