“ Brand: Mega Bloks / Age: 12 months „
Megabloks are a fantastic toy to suit children between 1 and 4 and suitable for either gender!
We purchased the bag of 120 pieces when my daughter was around 12 months old. She enjoyed the blocks right from then and is now nearly 2 and her enjoyment is growing along with her ability to use them.
They are very similar in design to lego- as they come in the same selection of bright colours, various sizes and shapes and also fit together in the same way. However, they are far bigger than lego, making them suitable for younger children as they are not a chocking hazard and cn be manipulated by less coordinated hands.
The plastic they are made from is not quite as hard as lego plastic either, meaning that you are less likely to have an acident related to the sharp corners and they don't hurt your feet if one is left out and you stand on it.
We purchased the bag of 120 pieces and I have to say that I would recommend starting with at least this many pieces to make it worth 'building' anything with your child. We have actually added to the collection since we bought the initial bag, as it is definately a toy that can grow with your child. If you are stuck to ask relatives or friends for certain presents at Christmas or birthday then you could always ask them to add to the megabloks collection with some of the other pieces that are available.
I can't rate this product highly enough. We first bought our megabloks when my 1st daughter was 1. She's now 4 and still plays with them.
The bag contains 120 blocks in varying shapes and sizes, all in bright colours. Each block is very similar to lego, with the same kind of connections to stick them together. They are however, a lot bigger. None of the pieces are small enough to be swallowed and even when chewed by teething children, they are strong enough not to dent or warp.
They are brilliant for encouraging your child to be creative. For the youngest of children they are easy enough to build towers with. Once they get a little older they only need a little help to build walls, houses and whatever else takes there fancy.
There are lots of specialised megabloks sets so that you can add to your collection as your child's interests change. We have a couple of Disney Princess Megabloks sets, which are compatible with the basic megabloks and come with princess figures. So my daughters now build palaces complete with turrets, archways and windows.
It's great that all the bloks can be thown in one big box together and they are too big to get lost down the back of the sofa!
They are also easy to clean, hot soapy dishwater does a great job after sticky fingers have been playing with them.
Overall a great product.
I got my daughter a bag of these when we had our son they were a gift off him to her. She was 18 months at the time and she loved the normal solid blocks but she had started to get very bad tempered when she built too high and they toppled over.
Mega bloks are perfect as there bigger then lego but connect unlike the wooden blocks.
She got very excited when she saw them as they look very appealing-bright bold colours and they came in a see through pvc bag so she had to get them out to test straight away. I even found myself building with her as they are very appealing and look exciting. She could sit for hours building tall towers and you could see the joy on her face when they didnt topple.
They come in array of different colours and sizes-oranges, reds, greens blues etc and in single blocks, twos, threes and fours. They are very robust and hardwearing and you can get many hours out of a bag of these. (They also help your childs concentration skills)
I even looked after a 10 year old girl in the summer holidays and she had to play with them and make the robots on the front of the bag so I recomend for many ages.
The bag cost me £15 from argos I would definetly pay more for these.
My son has now got to the age where he enjoys construction, well what I actually mean is he enjoys pilling things up to see how high he can get them before they fall. Ok, it's not a problem when he tries it with cushions or books, but after a particular "toppling" incident where a few of our mugs got smashed I knew something had to be done, this is how I came across the product I will now review.
The product I will review is " Mega bloks - 120 piece set".
I visited my local Woolworths store to try and find some building blocks that would be suitable for him, I knew I didn't want the solid wooden blocks as he is a little too old for those and the fact they are solid and we have a flat screen television in the house is not a combination I am willing to explore! I also knew I couldn't buy him normal sized lego blocks, he would end up either eating them or chocking on them, he puts everything else into his mouth so why not these. The final thing I was researching was the price. I have near enough always bought my children's toys from Woolworths, they have a fantastic range and they always have some sort of offer on, whenever I visit, but recalling the times I have looked at the Lego range I have always been a little disgusted at the price these items seem to sell for. I wandered round on my first visit and clocked the bloks I am reviewing for a slightly higher price than I actually managed to purchase them for. I decided on that occasion I would leave it and boy was I glad I did. Two weeks later I found myself wandering round the store again and found the afore mentioned bloks at the reduced price of £10.00, not bad considering they were on sale previously for £20.00, ok so this time I bought them.
The blocks themselves come in a large thick plastic case, but may I add at this point the bag is supple not rigid, this is very important for getting the blocks back in, they always seem to be more going back in than actually coming out!
The case has a convenient handle on the top, which was lucky as not many shops do carrier bags as big as this toy! The case is clear, so the brightly coloured bricks are visible and on one side there is a picture of a young girl making her tower from the blocks enclosed.
Once we had got it home my son unzipped the case, another point to mention is how sturdy the zip is, so far it has endured endless zipping up and unzipping of the case by a 3 year old and so far has held it's own.
My son tipped the entire contents onto the floor and sat down ready to start building.
The case holds 120 large building blocks, they are in many different bright colours and there is a selection of sizes.
There are single size, double size, triple size and quad size ( ie, how many "nubs" are on the brick, these are what clips the blocks together and gives them a little stability).
There is also two different depths to the bricks, but to me this makes no difference whatsoever.
These bricks are simple yet effective, the manufacturers state that these blocks promote - imagination, well yes the things my son reckons he has managed to make from these blocks is incredible, although in fairness the end result always looks the same!
Problem solving, again yes but probably not for the same reason the manufacturers anticipated, the problem is getting them from out under my settee when they seem to get wedged there!
Social development - definitely, the conversations and team building that goes on when my son and daughter make a tower is very comical to listen to!
Colours and shapes - Colours, yes, shapes, well..... There are many different colours which does help my son to learn them, but the shapes are rectangular, and that's it!
Finally fine motor skills - hell yes! At first my son struggled to click the blocks together, now he's building like an old pro!
The blocks are easy to use, easy to store as they just get put back into the case they came in and they are wipeable. Also the clincher is the fact that even with him inheriting my mouth he still can't get them in, so at least that cancels out the chocking factor.
These are a great buy and has even stopped him from making towers out of household appliances, although he does still like to build a tower and then smash it! But I can cope with that!
For more information visit - www.megabloks.com
Thanks for reading x
Comes in a handy bag so it is easy to store and carry.