Product Type: Flair baby toys
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Bring 'em Back
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Advantages: Creative, Simple, Effective
Disadvantages: Not Widely Available Anymore
Flair Sticklebricks are one of the best early construction toys out there, yet they're really quite hard to come by these days for some reason. Perhaps that's because of the instroduction of Playskool Clippos, which are similar although not really the same. They use the same construction principals, but they're aimed at a younger market and lack the wheels and people that Flair Sticklebricks have.
Also, these are an older toy which pre-date the likes of Magnext and Galt Octons - perhaps that's part of the reason why they are less common these days? Regardless, you can still purchase them from some places - primarily from educational stockists as well as second hand from car boot sales and the like.
The basic concept of this toy is simple yet very effective. The bricks are like giant blocks of velcro (slightly different attaching system but just to give you an idea!). You press any two bricks together, and they stay together until you decide to pull them apart. If you don't push them together firmly enough they won't stick, but most toddlers will be able to successfully manage this I think.
The bricks come in all different shapes and sizes including the basic squares, rectangles, circles and triangles - as well as some more specialist parts like people's heads, wheels (mounted on axles), and a limited array of animal shapes too. There are also base plates available which are great for building on - or using as roofs for houses etc.
The bricks are all brightly coloured and well constructed. They go together easily and they pull apart easily too. This toy doesn't come with any instructions - it relies entirely on a child using their imagination. They start off by mashing the bricks together in rows or towers as toddlers, and build up to creating houses, animals, vehicles and robots as they progress through to school age.
These are such a great, simple toy - I wish they'd make a comeback. Kids are given so many instructions these days, they need more toys like this that let them allow their imaginations to take over.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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