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Buildies: Life-size blocks, mortar, & roofing that lets kids & adults build awesome stuff. Made in the USA from recycled cardboard. Read more

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Buildies: Life-size blocks, mortar, & roofing that lets kids & adults build awesome stuff. Made in the USA from recycled cardboard.

About this project

Get up to date Buildies info here:   Twitter   |   Facebook   |   Buildies.com

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Kid Fort:

 Grown Up Fort:

BUILD BETTER FORTS!  SAVE YOUR SOFA.

From cubicles to dorms & everything in between, BUILDIES are for all your fort-building needs.

Forts fall down. BUILDIES is a system of interlocking blocks and "mortar" that lets kids and grownups build sturdy constructions. Studies show playing with blocks helps kids develop their spatial, mathematical, & problem solving skills. Experience shows kids love playing with cardboard boxes. We think we should all be doing a little less screen-swiping and a lot more making! With BUILDIES, kids learn about engineering, physics, & architecture while they play. Check out what these mini-engineers & grownup-kids made:

 Buildies are the perfect solution when the FLOOR IS LAVA...

 Or when a 90's kid needs a throwback...

 Puppet Show Theater:

 Nerf Gun Arena:

 Monster-Proof Fort:

 Room Divider:

IMAGINATION IS THE OPERATING SYSTEM:

We want to give kids & adults tools to build structurally sound forts. Nothing should hold you back from creating what's in your imagination.

HOW BUILDIES WORK: 

 Blocks & Mortar:

Roof System: 

The roof pieces interlock seamlessly with the blocks. But they're not just roof pieces! Turn the roof into a ship hull, a ramp, a drawbridge, or anything else you can dream up!

NUTS & BOLTS:

The BUILDIES system consists of FULL BLOCKS, SINGLE BLOCKS, ROOF PIECES, MORTAR PIECES & BLOCK PLUGS.

ASSEMBLY:

Buildies are so easy to assemble, a kid can do it. Download our instructions for details.

EASY TO STORE:

When you're done playing you can break 'em down and store them in the original box the Buildies shipped in.  

BUILDIES folded up & stored in an NYC apartment
BUILDIES folded up & stored in an NYC apartment

OPEN-SOURCE MAKING:

You are never done building with Buildies. The structures are easy to assemble and disassemble, so you can build over and over again. Start with a fort, then build houses, pirate ships, lemonade stands, mazes, racetracks, alien caves, ninja walls, soup-up your cubicle, divide up your dorm room. Customize your creations, use crayons, marker, spray paint!

GENER NEUTRAL:

Buildies aren't a "boy toy" or a "girl toy". They're a toy. Buildies are a blank white canvas for you to customize and make your own.  

RECYCLED & RECYCLABLE:

Buildies are made out of recycled cardboard because kids love cardboard boxes. More importantly: we don’t need any more plastic in the world. 

MADE IN THE U.S.A:

We want to produce Buildies at our local corrugated (cardboard) plant. We've been working with this plant for many years. Producing local is very important to us: quality manufacturing jobs are how people in our community put food on their tables and send their kids to school. That's part of the reason we're coming to Kickstarter. If we went the traditional investor route, we could lose control over how Buildies are made and we do not want that to happen.

We're coming to KICKSTARTER to kickstart our first big production run! 

We have the final prototypes and have already produced small-scale batches of BUILIDES.  We've had a lot of fun testing out our first batch and we want to produce more! But we need to raise funding to "tool up" for our first big production run. Once we raise the funds we'll be able to outfit our manufacturing with custom Buildies cutting dies and rev up production!  

BACKER REWARDS:

Back Buildies to be the first to build awesome stuff!  *Contact us for international shipping prices.  For shipping to Toronto please add $30 to pledge.

$25    RAMP / DOG HOUSE KIT:

An engineer's starter kit. Everyone needs a ramp for toy cars, physics experiments, and everything else you'll come up with! We built the ramp above at the Kickstarter Block Party for MO-TO Toy Cars.  It was a very smooth ride.

KIT INCLUDES: 4 Full Blocks / 4 Connector Strips / 1 Roof Section / 2 Roof Trusses / 2 Roof Cross-Pieces / 24 Spare Plugs

$65    BED-FORT / THEATER KIT:

Build a Theater, a bed canopy, a stunt wall, or anything else you dream up!

KIT INCLUDES: 20 Full Blocks / 4 Single Blocks / 24 Connector Strips / 1 Roof Section / 2 Roof Trusses / 2 Roof Cross-Pieces / 48 Spare Plugs

$120    EARLY BIRD FORT KIT:

$150    REGULAR BIRD FORT KIT:

Enough blocks to build a decent 4' x 4' fort, or whatever else you want to build!

KIT INCLUDES: 48 Full Blocks / 12 Single Blocks / 48 Connector Strips / 3 Roof Section / 6 Roof Trusses / 6 Roof Cross-Pieces / 96 Spare Plugs

$300 FORTRESS KIT:

TWICE as many blocks as the Fort Kit! Enough blocks to build a multi-room fort, two small forts, or a million other epic constructions!

KIT INCLUDES: 96 Full Blocks / 24 Single Blocks / 96 Connector Strips / 6 Roof Sections / 12 Roof Trusses / 12 Roof Cross-Pieces / 192 Spare Plugs

$450 CASTLE KIT:

THREE TIMES as many blocks as the FORT KIT! Enough blocks to build something huge! 
KIT INCLUDES: 144 Full Blocks / 36 Single Blocks / 144 Connector Strips / 9 Roof Sections / 18 Roof Trusses / 18 Roof Cross-Pieces / 288 Spare Plugs

$600 GREAT WALL OF CHINA KIT:

FOUR TIMES as many blocks as the Fort Kit! Enough blocks to build something crazy!

KIT INCLUDES: 192 Full Blocks / 48 Single Blocks / 192 Connector Strips / 12 Roof Sections / 24 Roof Trusses / 24 Roof Cross-Pieces / 384 Spare Plugs

Shipping:

We <3 International Backers! If you'd like to ship Buildies outside of the USA send us a message with your zip code/area code  and we'll give you the shipping cost.  For shipping to Toronto add $30 to your pledge.

Inventor of Buildies:

Hi I'm Brian Lilly! I'm a Dad, an engineer, a product designer, & a professor at The University of Illinois. Buildies started as an idea I stole from my wife. She's a science teacher at an all-girls middle school and she wanted someone to make life-size building materials so she could do some fun hands-on learning activities with her kids. I thought it was a great idea so I made them. Now I'm coming to Kickstarter to scale up BUILIDES.

I'm new to Kickstarter but I think it’s really exciting. I've been designing products for many years and I think Kickstarter is an amazing way to connect designers directly with the people using their products. Plus, if we went the traditional investor route we might not be able to make Buildies in the USA, or out of a sustainable material.  I can't wait to get Buildies out to you and see what your kids build!

Follow BUILDIES for Fort News & Funny Photos:   Facebook  |  Twitter

Risks and challenges

I've been designing and producing products for many years. At this point I've refined the final design for Buildies & we’ve produced our first small batch as a test-run. Kids loved testing them out, and now we need to raise money for the first large-scale production run. We’ve worked with this local box plant for many years and are confident in their ability to deliver quality products on time. Of course, there is always a possibility that something could go wrong, but right now we feel ready & prepared to deliver Buildies on time.

We’re excited to get Buildies out to you and share our production process!

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FAQ

  • If you want to ship a kit internationally, message us and let us know where you'll be shipping to. We'll let you know the shipping price. Our international shipping rates are pretty expensive since we'll be shipping you a big box of blocks!

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    RAMP KIT : Engineering Starter Kit - every kid needs a ramp! Includes
    4 Full Blocks / 24 Spare Plugs / 4 Connector Strips / 1 Roof Section / 2 Roof Trusses / 2 Roof Cross Pieces

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    THEATER KIT :
    4 Single Blocks / 20 Full Blocks / 48 Spare Plugs / 24 Connector Strips / 1 Roof Section / 2 Roof Trusses / 2 Roof Cross Pieces

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    EARLY BIRD FORT KIT :
    12 Single Blocks / 48 Full Blocks / 96 Spare Plugs / 48 Connector Strips / 3 Roof Sections / 6 Roof Trusses / 6 Roof Cross Pieces

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    35 backers

    FORT KIT :
    12 Single Blocks / 48 Full Blocks / 96 Spare Plugs / 48 Connector Strips / 3 Roof Sections / 6 Roof Trusses / 6 Roof Cross Pieces

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    18 backers

    FORTRESS KIT :
    24 Single Blocks / 96 Full Blocks / 192 Spare Plugs / 96 Connector Strips / 6 Roof Sections / 12 Roof Trusses / 12 Roof Cross Pieces

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    2 backers

    CASTLE KIT :
    16 Single Blocks / 144 Full Blocks / 288 Spare Plugs / 144 Connector Strips / 9 Roof Sections / 18 Roof Trusses / 18 Roof Cross Pieces

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    7 backers

    GREAT WALL OF CHINA :
    32 Single Blocks / 192 Full Blocks / 384 Spare Plugs / 192 Connector Strips / 12 Roof Sections / 24 Roof Trusses / 24 Roof Cross Pieces

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

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