“ Brand: Fisher Price / Age: 6 months / Type: Creative Toys „
I was given these blocks by a friend when my daughter was born. They had been used previously and I recieved them with a bundle of normal peek-a-blocks and the giraffe toy for them.
The Fisher Price Peek-a-blocks Sensations come in different designs with different textures for baby to explore. They are cubes with solid textured plastic top and bottom and the other 4 sides have various things on them. Two of the blocks have ribbons attached to them. One of them is covered in clear plastic so that the colours of the ribbons can be seen and it has gaps in the plastic where the ribbons come through and can then be played with (or chewed!) The other block with ribbons is solid plastic with the ribbons sticking out of it which can again be played with.
Three of the blocks have soft rubber on the sides which have 'bobbles' protruding from them. These are textured so baby can feel them and see the different shapes as well. The last block has sections on it that move up and down which make noises when shaken.
These are good for babies as they have lots for little hands and mouths to explore. They are good to chew on and the ribbons can be chewed without risk of them being swallowed. They can see the bright colours and are attracted to them and can touch the different materials and textures to learn about them. They can also be stacked into towers as baby gets older.
When my daughter first had these, she liked putting them in and out of a box and didn't really play with the blocks at all. As she got older she used these to chew on and they were great for teething - better than the normal peek-a-blocks as these were textured and had rubber on them which was softer than the plastic. Her favourite ones were the ones with ribbons as she liked to chew them when she just had gums and the one with the moving parts as she liked the noise it made.
I don't think these can be bought new anymore, but I would recommend getting a second hand set as they are good fun to play with and have kept our daughter amused easily. I would often take a couple out with me in a bag as another thing to keep her from getting bored.
this is one of the sets of blocks i bought for my daughters first xmas( i spoilt her a tiny weeny bit)
there so cool so many textures to feel , colors to look at there just excellent and a must have for a small child.
There deffinalty mummy and me toys, infact i think i played with these more than my little one did at xmas ,they really are that good.
Some have ribbons sticking out of the side for a nice silky smooth feeling
some have felt for a warm fuzzy feeling
some are plastic, either smooth, bumpy,spotty
some have sections that twist and spin
pretty much anything you can think of these block do it.
and of course they fit in with so many other of the fisher price peek a boo range so you can keep adding to these forever for the next xmas and birthday presents to build a mega set so its even more fun :)
You know when your child has a toy and it is so lovely that you like it too? This fit that mould. They are lovely. I really like to look at them. I know it sounds silly but they are such bright happy colours and matching but unique. I think they look really lovely on the toy shelf. Obviously though that is not important at all when it comes to a toy!
My son loves them. He really does. They are one of the few toys that he does not tire of and each time I get them out, he makes a bee line to them.
They are little plastic toys of different textures and colours and each contains various little pieces or move in different ways. Each one is different. My favourite is the transparent one that contains little cars - it is so cute. My son seems to like the one that has a part that moves up and down on the side. Our 18 month year old friend likes the one with a bug on a spring that wiggles... actually maybe that's my favourite! It's so hard to pick as they are all really sweet.
They are very sturdy and the corners are slightly rounded so most importantly there are no sharp edges to harm a baby. Also though, the lack of sharp edges means that when they are thrown around, they are less likely to crack.
My son does not stack them yet but when an older child comes to play, the first thing she does is stack them together. I think I will get at least one more set for when my son is at an age where he wants to build things. At the moment he is happy with exploring one at a time and just putting them in his mouth and having a good taste!
I think Peek a Blocks are a brilliant invention. They are little blocks with all sorts of things inside, animals, vehicles, patterns, noisy things, moving things, things for little fingers to twiddle...The ones above are a bit different though, they are for little hands to discover textures etc.
We saw all the different sets you could get in a shop (Toys R Us probably) when my daughter was about 4 or 5 months old and thought about buying them there and then because they looked so cool, but money was tight so we decided against it. Then later at home I thought I would check to see if they had any on Ebay and they did! Loads of people were selling them, and we got about 6 sets for less than a tenner, which I personally thought was a bargain, mainly because I think you pay about 6 or 7 pound for a set of six if you buy them new.
My daughter loved them straight away, even though she couldn't even sit up at this point, I used to give her one to hold in her hand and she'd just hold it up and look at it, lick it few times etc and be quite content peering into the delights that were inside.
As she grew older and began to sit up on her own, some of her favourite blocks were the ones with the little twisty dials at the top, and she began to hold the block in one hand, and flick the twisty dial with her fingers on her other hand, and this used to keep her amused for ages. She also really enjoyed the ones which had little moving parts inside, such as one which had a ladybird on a spring, so whenever you moved the block the ladybird would wobble around. And the ones in the pictures above she also loved because they have little ribbons poking out the side to fiddle with, or moving parts which she liked to flick up and down, or different textures for her to feel.
Then as she grew older still, they had another function, and that was stacking. I used to stack them for her, and she would take great delight in knocking them down. Then when she developed the skills she began to stack them herself and knock them down again which would keep her amused.
Now at 18 months she still loves to stack them, but she also loves to 'find' various blocks, such as the one with the digger in, or the one with the ladybird in. I often hear her saying 'find the beebird (ladybird), find the beebird'... and walk in the room to find blocks slung everywhere as she hunts for the ladybird. I keep them all in a basket so she knows she will eventually get to the one she wants! We have so many, there are transport ones (car, train, plane etc), animals, sight sensations, touch sensations, ABC & 123, circus... they all have something inside to take the interest of little minds.
Also, these are the first things my niece goes to when she comes round to play, and she's 4, so I can see that these blocks have the potential to be a long lasting staple of my daughter's toy box. And the fact that they are really sturdy and can take a lot of battering means they will actually last as long as we want them to, and perhaps even pass them onto another family when we no longer have any use for them.
I would recommend these to any Mother of a baby or toddler as they are so diverse. I would advise buying a few sets though, because in my opinion only one set would not be enough to keep a child amused, they need plenty around them to keep them occupied, and stacking only 6 blocks is just boring! And as they are quite common on Ebay, you would be able to pick up a few sets second hand no problem.
I'd also like to mention that I have never bought any of the toys that can accompany the Peek a Blocks as I've never felt the need, and I think these are a great toy in their own right.
Through the advances in brain-imaging techniques it has been proven what researchers have said for over twenty years- a baby's environment has a dramatic affect on brain development.
In the first years of a baby's life, the brain is busy building its wiring system. The amount of stimulation a baby receives has a direct affect on how well that wiring is established. Repetitive stimulation strengthens the wiring and makes it permanent, whereas young wiring that doesn't get used will eventually die out.
A baby's first years are a very important and pivotal time for a developing young brain. This intense period of brain growth and network building happens only once in a lifetime. We as parents have a brief but golden opportunity to help our babies stimulate the formation of brain wiring.
Ok, I am one of THOSE mothers who like to stimulate my child's curiosity at every turn. As an educator I KNOW the importance of a good start and the implications it can have on a life time of learning. Thus, I always try to provide an environment of exploration to develop my son's wiring.
So, with that in mind, my friend bought my son the Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks Touch Sensations Blocks for Christmas. She said her own son, who is just a month older than my son, had got some a few weeks before and LOVED them. Thus, my little man got his first set of blocks.
However, these blocks were not just ordinary blocks as I could see immediately!
The blocks are blister packed so that they can be easily seen because you HAVE to see them to appreciate just what these blocks can do for the development of your child. What I did not like about the packaging is that it is NOT easy to get into and when you have a 7 month old wanting the blocks NOW, it can be a bit difficult. Scissors are required to open the packaging and can leave sharp bits. So, be sure to dispose of the plastic immediately.
Now that the blocks were out of the packaging, I was able to give my son a few and I had a closer look at them. I must admit, I was just as fascinated as he was.
The textures these blocks have are amazing. There are squishy bits, bumpy bits, soft bits and hard bits. They are fascinating. Each 2 inch block has some sort of theme to it and each side has a somewhat different texture to it. Some of the bits you can push, some you can pull, some you can move and some are just there!
There are a total of 6 blocks and each is multi-coloured to add to the stimulation of the toy.
There are 3 main developmental benefits of the blocks:
~Stimulating the Senses~
-They provide tactile stimulation with the various textures and materials involved on each side of the block. Each block has 6 sides with 6 blocks giving 36 different textures and material combinations.
- They provide visual stimulation with the different colours and patterns.
~Encourages Cognitive Development~
-Develops thinking skills as the baby starts to recognise the various textures.
-It also encourages problem solving skills as the baby learns to stack the blocks in different ways.
~Develops Motor Skills~
-As the baby plays with the blocks by stacking them and grabbing them, it develops his eye-hand coordination.
-As the little fingers explore the various textures, fine motor skills are developed
After my initial fascination with the blocks, I watched my son as he explored each block. His little fingers explored the textures and he even laughed at the feeling of some of the softer more fuzzy materials. Of course, each block went into his mouth to allow his tongue to explore the textures and materials as well. He spent a good 30 minutes just exploring the various blocks before he moved onto another toy.
For a 7 month old, that was an amazing amount of time.
Over time, I watched as he continued his exploration.
Sometimes he would take 2 or more blocks and stack them and knock them down. Other times, he would just lay back and turn the block he had in his hand periodically putting it in his mouth or running his fingers over the blocks.
He seems to enjoy the whole concept of the blocks and as he has grown older, they are continued to be one of his favourite toys in his toy box. He will dig through the box trying to find a few of the blocks.
His new trick is to take the blocks and put them into a can he has and then shake the can to make a noise. Thus, adding another dimension to the developmental aspects of the toy.
~Other Important Information~
Cost- Approximately £7 for the 6 blocks
Age- 6 months on
There are 3 other Sensations Blocks made by Fisher Price. They each use various methods of sensations to add development.
This is an excellent toy for all children. It provides stimulation that allows the baby's brain to develop properly while also making play enjoyable. The cost of the toy makes it within the price range of most people. It also makes a perfect gift for that special little one in your life.
Squishy, bumpy, soft or hard these blocks are full of fascinating textures for baby to feel and explore. Theres so much to discover with Peek-a-Blockstiny objects, interesting motions, sounds, textures and more!