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Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks - I want them all!
Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks
Member Name: maxwell_star
Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks
Date: 23/03/12, updated on 27/01/13 (74 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, educational, variety, no batteries needed, easy to clean, long lasting
Disadvantages: So expensive new
There are so many baby toys available; it is a very saturated market. But there are few toys I love as much as Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks. These are brightly coloured plastic blocks that come in several different varieties. Some have sides of textured rubber; mirrored sides; transparent sides where you can peek inside to see cars, letters or shapes; and others that are more interactive with pieces you can move by twisting a dial. Unfortunately they seem to be a very pricey toy. I can see on Amazon that a set of 26 letter Peek-a-Blocks cost £79.99. As much as I would love to buy these for my baby, this is out of my price range by a mile. Fortunately though I have been lucky enough to spot the odd block or two in charity shops and we now have a collection of seven which has cost a total of £2.
Building blocks are a toy that will last a child for a couple of years. My son is ten months and at the stage where he likes to drop the blocks, bash them together, empty them out of a plastic container and sometimes lick them! At some point he will hopefully discover the fun of stacking. Whatever baby chooses to do with them, these blocks have provided us with hours of fun and I think they are also educational. They can help teach a baby to grip onto a solid object, pass it between their hands, feel different textures or indeed play with them in the ways I have described. They are aimed at babies of 6-24 months so if you do choose to spend £80 on them at least there is plenty of time to get your money's worth. I bought our blocks second hand but they were all in good condition so I think this shows they are long lasting. It would be hard to damage them as they are made from pretty solid plastic and seem very sturdy. I am always pleased to find a fun baby toy that doesn't require batteries as this can quickly bump up the overall cost of the toy, and these blocks certainly fulfil this criterion. The blocks are easy to clean. I have avoided putting them in water as I'm not sure if the water will get into the hollow blocks so instead I have either wiped them with a damp cloth or used a Dettol wipe on them.
The reason I like these blocks over any others available are that they are unique. I haven't seen anything quite like them and they appeal to my collecting nature as there are so many different varieties (it sounds like they are for me rather than my baby!). Also I have bought many Fisher Price toys and know them to be a reliable brand.
In conclusion, my baby loves these and I absolutely love everything about these blocks except the huge price tag. I will continue to search for them in charity shops and hopefully I can build up a collection this way.
Update: We now have 57 blocks plus a Peek-a-Block elephant, a Peek-a-Block trailer and a Peek-a-Block train which you can use to play with the blocks. We have spent £33.95 in total and all in the charity shops of Surrey!
Summary: Lovely toy blocks but very expensive
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