Product Type: Flair baby toys
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Advantages: Easy for young hands to play with
Disadvantages: Spines can break off
There are all manner of kiddies building toys on the market and it feels like at one point or another my kids have had them, whether it be Lego, MegaBloks, Clemmy bricks.............one of the many varieties they've owned, and one I also played with as a child, is Stickle Bricks.
Stickle Bricks are brightly coloured plastic shapes covered in lots of little spines, when 2 of the bricks are put together the spines interlock holding the bricks in place, generally they come in brightly coloured buckets complete with carry handle and lid which are great for storage and can usually hold more than the supplied contents. The individual contents itself can vary from bucket to bucket and include base boards for house building and such like, long rectangular pieces, triangles, squares, small discs, finger like sticks and even extras like heads, eyes, feet and hands (very Mr. Potato Head) A bucket will cost anywhere from £9.99 and can be bought in most toy stores including places like Argos, even all these years later this toy remains popular and widely available.
Stickle Bricks have been around for years and I was secretly pleased when my son received 2 buckets as gifts when he was younger knowing that I could play with them too, of course only to show him how to use the bricks and encourage his imagination you understand.......ahem, anyway, despite him only being 2 when he received the bricks it didn't take long for him to realise what needed to be done and with a little demonstration from his Daddy and Uncle, who probably played with the bricks more that day then he did, soon started making different shapes and animal creations from the bricks. The bricks kept his attention for several hours as he sat happily making different things and proudly showing them off and they have remained a popular toy for my children since then. Christopher is now 4 (well almost) and my little girl, Elsa, is now 2 but they still love playing with the bricks, naturally Christopher's building abilities have improved over the years as he's played with the bricks and he's now making cars and houses, and men with really, really long arms and legs..........you just have to love kids imaginations, Elsa is learning fast from her brother and is often the one asking to play with the bricks, prompting him to join in.
We have had our 2 buckets of stickle bricks for several years and they are in great condition, ok a few did get chewed on by my mothers puppy but the rest are still doing good, very occasionally I might notice one of the spines had snapped off but with so many other spines on each brick they still hold together well, even though the bricks are suitable from 12 months of age I recommend you make sure you watch really young children with the bricks as you don't want them putting one of these in their mouths just in case there is a loose spine you don't want them swallowing, not that they're sharp or even a choking hazard (they're very small spines) but you just don't want your babies chomping on plastic. Naturally with any kind of building brick they can get spread around a lot which can be frustrating as a parent but of course you can just use this as a training exercise for your little ones in how to tidy up their toys after use.
With the entire world of imagination in their hands children can have hours of fun with Stickle Bricks, they're very durable toys lasting many years and being plastic are easy to keep clean. I can definitely recommend them especially for those children too young for regular Lego or for those unwilling to be restricted by the building options available with regular square/rectangular shaped building blocks. My only complaint really would be that to have real fun with the bricks and create some truly great results you need more then one bucket of the bricks, other than that they're great.
Check them out here- http://www.flairplc.co.uk/pages/stickle.shtml
Summary: A fun building toy, great for young children (and their parents too)
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