Building blocks are such a lovely traditional toy, so when I was offered these variations on a theme from Mega Bloks for review, I was glad to agree.
All three of my children have spent hours building towers and the like from blocks, and have all been big lovers of Thomas The Tank Engine, so I was keen to see how Syd enjoyed a combo of the two with the Thomas Visits The Castle set. The 65 piece set contains blocks and stickers for decorating. Firstly we built it as per the packaging, then we did what blocks were meant for – freestyling.
Syd really enjoyed the Thomas character, and he has been a regular dweller in my handbag for trips out the past week or so. He enjoys building (and knocking down) a variety of castle-esque type things with the set, but gets slightly frustrated that he can’t do a circuit with the track sections – he wants to be able to go right round the castle with it, and there just isn’t enough track pieces for that. That would be his only criticism though – on the whole he has had lots of fun with it.
The Build and Learn To Count bag includes thirty blocks featuring the numbers 1 -9, colourful shapes and objects and basic maths symbols. Syd is great with numbers and loves counting so has particularly enjoyed this set, and from an educational perspective it has been a great way to introduce him to the idea of basic sums – although at 2 he hasn’t quite got the knack of it yet! One small piece of advice, don’t do what I did and let them watch you put the stickers on, when my back was turned he peeled half of them off again!
Both sets are cheerfully coloured, easy for small hands to manipulate, and reasonably priced at £10* for the Thomas set and £9.99* for the number set (although at the moment they are on sale at £4.99 on Amazon here!) They are getting well used, and are a great addition to our building collection.
Love Miss Cisco XXX
*prices correct at time of going to press.