amazon - 12.99
Can buy on ebay for a buy it now price new of between £13-£16 including postage and packaging
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My mother in law has also bought some from mother care the crinkle when squeeze however cannot find them online
After many years working with children I have never worked with children under 3years old full time just odd shift covering the baby room so I didn't not have a clue about what children like.
My baby is now 4 months old and I get regular emails about my child's development and this month it said she will soon be able to hold large soft blocks so I went to look online at some.
I came across these on amazon and thought they looked great and only £8.99 on offer. I was drawn to these as the were brightly coloured and came in a bag so could store them away and keep them clean.
When they arrived I couldn't wait to get them out and try them out. Compared to other blocks you get 6 blocks and they are very light and soft to touch. They have bright coloured animals on each side and one of the 6 come with a rattle/bell inside so makes a noise when shake. One of the sides on each cube has a number which is represented by the same about of animals to help encourage learning. My baby is 4months old but I count items when I show her things just like I will sit and read her stories. Each block is about 10cm
The other sides have animals such as cows, lions, fish, spiders etc. I will make the animal sounds as I show her with name of the animal if like a spider I can not think of a noise they make I will sing her a nursery rhyme to do with the animal (old McDonald, incy wincy etc.)
The blocks also provide a pair matching game. There are twelve animal pairs in total. So makes these blocks even longer lasting and provides an extra activity, when she is a little older will make perfect thing to learn to catch with.
When I first held out a block to her she smiled and then tried to grab it stretching both arms out eventually she held it in both hands for few seconds before dropping it. I play these with her well she sits in her Bumbo or on the floor for tummy time or well she is on her back. After few days she can hold for few seconds longer but as all babies do she tries to push it towards her mouth. These blocks are great for hand - eye co-ordination and will help develop their skill in gripping things.
The game we play at the minute is building a tower and moving 4of the blocks and play peekaboo and seeing her smile and giggle when she sees myn or my partners face melts your heart. Last time we built a tower on the tray of the Bumbo seat she tried to knock them down but only managed to knock them out of place.
The blocks are recommended from 3 months + and are soft so will not hurt your child they are machine washable which is very handy to stop germs and keep clean.
I have recommended this product to my friend who has a little boy week younger than my daughter even at the full price
The Galt soft blocks are an excellent buy. You get 6 soft foam cubes covered in bright, colourful fabric, and they come in a clear plastic carry case, which keeps them neat and tidy. The label however, states that all packaging must be removed before giving the blocks to a child, so we have found it easiest to keep the blocks in a toy box.
As with many basic and traditional toys there are numerous makes available, and we have a Mothercare set as well...but Galt are best.
Both sets can be piled up and knocked down without the chance of any damage to Baby. They are very lightweight and easy for Baby to lift and throw. A favourite game we have had is to build a small wall using both sets of blocks and play peek-a-boo. Another activity previously was to pile these all around Baby CrazyEgg while she sat in her nest very still, and then she could knock them all out by flapping her arms about crazily, as is the CrazyEgg Way.
At first I thought the Mothercare set was best because the blocks make a scrunchy, crunchy sound when squished, and one has a bell. In the Galt set there is no scrunching, but similarly one block has a bell. I like the fact that it is only one that has this: it makes it more of a surprise. But as time wore on I came to the opinion that more thought had gone into the pictures and designs on the Galt blocks. They provide more to stretch baby's powers of deduction that the Mothercare set.
The Mothercare blocks function fine as individual blocks, but are lacking in team spirit and in longevity in terms of play. You can look at the pictures and words for sure, and try and sequence the numbers, but it's fiddly, dissatisfying, disparate.
The Galt blocks however, can be lined up in a row to form a jungle pathway: one side of each has a yellow path running through it with a jungle animal on. They can go in any order, and they make a line of jolly animals all heading off together as in 'follow-the-leader', apart from the monkey who is facing outwards and has both hands over his smiling mouth as if he has just played some kind of trick on the rest of his jungle chums.
But that's not all! On another side, each of the cubes features a number from 1-6 and then the appropriate number of a chosen creature is shown, for example six bees, two caterpillars where the numbers six and two are shown respectively. You can sequence them and have something to point to and count.
WAIT! I'm still going. As you twist and turn the blocks you realise that there is some repetition of the various animal depictions. So you match them up. YES: the blocks also provide a pair matching game. There are twelve animal pairs in total. And all of them are extremely happy.
The blocks are fully machine washable and do not shrink. The colours remain bright after washing, but they have not been frequently washed.
Adults may find them useful as stress-cubes, they are a bit easier to squeeze than a traditional stress-ball, but maybe this will release tension in itself. Also, they are so bright and jolly that one perched on an office desk would be sure to cheer the dullest of days.
A great set of blocks from Galt.
These blocks were bought for my youngest daughter as a gift when she was born, the blocks are made by Galt which is a company that makes lots of baby products and I have yet to find a bad product from them.
The blocks can be bought from high street stores as well as being available on the internet and they cost in the region of £12 for a packet of 6 different blocks.
The blocks come packaged in a see through plastic bag which has strong carry handles on it and it opens and closes with a flap at the top which is secured by Velcro. There is no packaging so to speak only a little folded piece of cardboard which is attached to the bag when you get it.
The blocks are very brightly coloured which of course is to attract young children to them. The blocks are suitable from birth as they are simply material filled with foam so there is no way any harm could come to your baby as long as you supervise the baby with them.
My daughter seemed to like it when we shook these in front of her when she was a month or so old which is probably because of the colours and as one of the blocks has a bell inside it. When she was a little older we would give her one to hold and she enjoyed shaking it around herself and then made a game of throwing the block to get us to pick it back up for her. As my daughter got a little older again we would play with her stacking the blocks on top of each other and let her knock them down and now she is nearly 2 she is able to stack the 6 blocks up herself although she doesn't manage all 6 very often without it toppling.
Each side of each cube has brightly coloured pictures on, there are simple day to day things such as teddy bears and washing lines with different clothes on them and there are a number of farm animals and insects. Each animal has a pair to it so that your child can match them into their pairs, there are 6 different teddies doing different activities such as reading books so we use this for our daughter to find all the teddies.
I like that they come packaged as they do as it means that there is somewhere to keep the blocks when they are not being played with which is great as in our house there are toys everywhere. Another thing I like about these blocks is that the covers are on the foam fastened with Velcro so you can remove them and wash them which keeps them looking like new.
We love these blocks and every now and again even my 5 year old will still play with them, they are a great toy from birth which I find a good thing as there are not really many toys that are suitable from birth but will still provide enjoyment for an older child.
These blocks are great value for money, there are loads of ways to play with them and my daughter really enjoys playing with them.
What are they?
These blocks come in a transparent case which is great for storage as they can be kept together very easily in a tidy place without taking up too much room. It is fairly easily to place all the blocks back into the bag again and my children love trying to stack them in and out themselves so it provides and extra element of play for them. Now that my little girl is older she likes to carry the pack around with her as it has a handle on the top or put the bag on her dolls pushchair to take to play.
Each block is bright colourful and really attractive to children they also include pictures of farmyard animals so it is great for teaching little one the names of animals and the sounds thy make. Also there are pictures of teddy bears and a washing line with different items of clothing so all familiar objects that can help boost little ones vocabulary. The bright colourful design are great at catching little ones attention but also holding it as well and my children never seem to get bored with these even though my eldest son is now 4. On every side of the block is a different picture on them so little one is greeted by something new and this really seems to please my children.
How to play?
There are lots of ways that little one can play with these toys as they are very light even a small baby can easy pick them up and as they are soft they can squeeze them to get a good grip in their hands. They can be thrown around as they are very soft and there is no way that little one could hurt themselves or others so they can go wild with them. I found with my children this meant it encouraged them to crawl as the blocks would fly away from them and they would try and move towards them.
Also they can be stacked as they are square they stack well on top of each other although as they are a good size it does limit how high younger children can build them up but stacking fun all the same. If they fall there is no danger of little one hurting themselves and it provides a really good giggle for them.
As they get older they help introduce animals, colours and matching as there are more than 1 of the same animal you can teach little one to match them into pairs so they can grow with little one. Also as one side of each blocks have numbers on them it is great for introducing little one to numbers.
Then each block has a square with a cute teddy bear on them doing different actions so little one can put these together to make a story about teddies day. This can be changed each time and my children love making the teddy do different things on different days just by changing the order of the blocks.
Finally there are 6 squares that build a washing line as little one grows it is fun seeing them fit each piece of the puzzle together working out what goes where and slowly working out that each block although very pretty also fits together to make puzzles.
Inside one of the blocks there is a bell so my children always like to mix the blocks all up and be the first to find the 1 and only bell. I do think it would have been nice to have one of these in each but there is so many ways to play with these blocks already I do not think this matters too much.
The great thing about these blocks is each cover coves off to show the foam block underneath. This makes them perfect for washing and I can put them in the washing machine and thy come up as good as new again which with young children for me this is a major advantage. This means they have lasted 3 of my children and still look brand new.
It is very easy to remove the covers by lifting the Velcro but can be a little harder getting them back on it is a tight squeeze and at first the foam blocks look a little misshaped but this soon puffs back and returns them to the square form they once came in.
We love them we have had these for all 3 children now and although they suggest an age range of 3 months plus I thought this was a little low. Yes they are soft and there is absolutely nothing that little one can hurt themselves on but I do think they are a little on the large size for a 3 month old baby to play with.
They promote hand eye co ordination, help build little ones vocabulary, introduce numbers and have games designed into the blocks to grow with the child as they do what more could you ask for.
My children began playing with these from about 1 year old and as the blocks grow with the children they still play with them now. They retail at around £10 for the full 6 blocks which I think is fantastic especially as we have already had 3 years use out of them and I am sure my new arrival will love them too!
Building blocks are the ideal versatile but very simple toy for little ones. When looking for Christmas presents for my little girl I knew I had to get some. She turned 6 months just before Christmas, so it was an ideal time to get her this type of toy.
The ones I ended up getting were the Galt Soft Blocks.
~ Price and Availability ~
I purchased these from Amazon in around November for about £6, however, I see the price has risen to around £11 at the time I am writing this. They are also available at a number of online retailers though I have never seen them in any shops.
~ The Blocks ~
The set consists of 6 soft foam blocks, in a handy plastic travel case. They are very soft and surprisingly light. Each block is about 10cm cube. At first I was concerned that my daughter would have trouble picking them up, as her little hand have to grab quite hard to keep hold without the foam springing out, however, she quickly leant how much pressure to place on the blocks to keep hold of them. She also picks them up with both hands and throws them. My daughter is now 8 months old and loves to play with them. I feel that these were a very good tool to help her learn hand/eye co-ordination and grasp strength required.
These blocks are very brightly coloured, with cartoon pictures of different animals and numbers. They are very attractive looking and feel very well made. The pictures are not only attractive to look at, but also can be used for games and learning when your child is a little older. One side has numbers in figures and represented by the number of animals on the side to assist with leaning to count. Other sides also include groups of animals i.e. farm yard, pets, zoo animals, which you can play recognition and vocabulary games.
My daughters' favourite game, however, at the moments is watching Mummy or Daddy stacking the blocks high and she hits them with her hands knocking them down in fits of giggles. As the blocks are lights and soft there are no concerns for little ones getting bumped on the head. Also one of the blocks has a jingle inside, so when the blocks fall down them make a noise.
The blocks are recommended from 3 months + which I would say was about right. There is nothing that can hurt a younger baby, however, it does take some hand co-ordination to play. This toy I think will remain in the toy box for a long time though due to the variety of play you can get out of them.
They are also machine washable which is always handy.
~ Conclusion ~
Well in my opinion every baby should have this toy. You can get such a variety of play out of them and they will last a long time. They assist many different development areas over the first year onwards but are also great fun to play with.