“ Brand: Flair / Age: 12 months „
We picked up the Flair Sticklebricks Bag at a car boot sale as an addition to our grandson's existing, but limited, sticklebrick collection. Fortunately we only paid £1 for this! Though you can expect to pay a fair bit more if you're buying it new. Sticklebricks aren't as widely available as they used to be, and seem to be targeted more at teachers and nurseries than independant consumers in recent years. Hopefully if you're interested enough you will track this product down on the internet, or at a car boot sale like we did!
The little bag that these bricks come in isn't very big, but it's big enough for a very small child of two or three to use as a little carry bag. If you've only got this one set, you might want to use this as storage whatever the child's age is, but note that you won't get any built-up models to fit in here if they're too wide!
Inside the kit contains a variety of standard sticklebricks, along with some more unusually shaped pieces which we hadn't previously seen. There are animals in this bag which can be built upon, including a blue butterfly and a red teddy bear, as well as several circular and semi-circular pieces. The pieces are all in excellent condition despite being several years old and played with repeatedly.
All of the bricks are brightly coloured and easy to slot together. A child as young as 12 months of age can mash these pieces together, while the older child of three to five years can build rather striking little houses and monsters and robots with these bricks. They combine well with other sets, and the grandson enjoyed making a butterfly on wheels at one point I remember. Note that there are no wheels included with this particular set though, they come with others.
The modern take on Sticklebricks seems to be this new Playskool Clippo, and I have no need to try that as the grandson is getting older now. Whether or not this new version is superior to our old favourite I don't know. I do know that we love this original version and have many happy hours of enjoyment out of using it though. Would definitely recommend it to others.
Most people remember stickle bricks from there childhood and I am no exception so when I was looking for presents for my son's first birth I was pleased to find that this bag of stickle bricks is suitable from age one.
The bag is made of thick plastic and contains 50 stickle bricks that are various sizes and shapes and all the bricks are very bright coloured.
I chose these bricks because they need less accuracy than most construction toys as they are quite easy to stick together. Also they have the lowest age of all the other toys of this sort. My son however was about 1 1/2 when he started enjoying them and using them properly and up till then he just chewed them and threw them allover.
As with most bricks stickle bricks are easily lost and I am forever finding them under the sofa and in the washing machine, its amazing how quickly a child can lose 50 bricks.
Overall stickle bricks are a great toy that help children develop there building skills and managed to keep them occupied for half an hour or so and most children seem to love them.
Sometimes the old toys are the best, case in point Sticklebricks which are an excellent and durable construction toy for age one and above.
These little bricks seem to have fallen out of favour, I remember in my childhood every house I went to owned a set of these, and as a child myself I spent hours playing with them before progressing on to lego and the like. The bricks were invented in the late 1960's, which is probably why they were popular when I was a child, and are now owned by the Hasbro group and made by Flair toys.
Nowadays I have my own children who very much enjoy sticklebricks - and I have bought this particular set for several first birthdays as a result. You can find this set for £9.99 online and it is also available in John Lewis.
Sticklebricks are brightly coloured plastic shapes with a brush on each face, they stick together easily as the spikes intertwine. They are easier to fit together than lego or duplo, and though they are a little painful if you inadvertently stand on them in bare feet they are safe to play with and all the pieces are of a reasonable size. The bright colours and textures will appeal to the youngest child, and this set is small enough to be a take-a-long toy.
The bag contains 50 pieces in all including a small board and a butterfly and rabbit - I have bought this item for both boys and girls. When children play with them they tend to just stick them together at first and then progress to making shapes - my two year old was trying to make a house this morning whilst the five year old made a quite impressive man with head and limbs. The toys will aid motor skills, imagination and co-operative play. This set contains a good range of bricks size, shape and colour wise.
This toy clearly has quite good longevity, I did recently try to consign ours to the "toys to be passed on" section as I am trying to reduce our toy mountain. Obviously this was spotted and the sticklebricks have become the toy of the moment.
I would recommend this toy as a gift - I think toys like this are having a well deserved return to favour as parents realise that electronic lights and sounds are not the be and end all. This is a fantastic construction toy which works well as a set on its own, there other add on sets available to develop the toy - the wheels set is a great add on which we don't own but is often played with at granny's house.
Call me nostalgic if you will, but I think every home with children in should own some of these once again, and actually I won't be getting rid of ours now in a hurry (sorry kids, what was I thinking?). Highly recommended.
50 pieces of bright, colourful bricks for easy building fun.