Product Type: Mega Bloks baby toys
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I think in pink!
Mega Bloks Pink Building Blocks Bag
Member Name: chrisandmark
Mega Bloks Pink Building Blocks Bag
Advantages: They're a mixture of pinks!
We love Mega Bloks in this house, we also love pink (well, most of us) so when I spotted this bag of Mega Blok pinkness in Toys R Us recently I had to buy it even though we currently have enough of these large plastic bricks to build our own full sized house. The durable plasticky/rubbery bag contains seventy Bloks of assorted sizes, the majority of them are shades of pink but there are lots of other colours included that you won't find in the traditional sets of Mega Bloks.
The colour scheme of this set is decidedly pastel; there have been some hot pink bricks thrown into the mix but mainly you're talking baby pink, white, pale yellow and baby blue. They're all very pretty and perfect for my uber feminine five year old who definitely plays with this set more than her others which feature brighter colours, her eighteen month old brother is absolutely not bothered what colour the bricks he throws around the floor are but I've noticed Hollie tries to keep him away from this set as she adores the pinkness so much.
The Mega Bloks are made of chunky plastic and all fit together nice and smoothly, regardless of how many 'pegs' each brick has. There's a good selection of large eight peg bricks all the way down to single pegged ones - and all the sizes in between. What sets this pink set apart from any other are the two slanted pink 'roof' bricks - all the better for making fairy tale castles of course! As the Bloks fit so beautifully together it really only depends on the imagination of your little one as to what they are able to build, there are a couple of suggestions on the bag itself but I'd recommend visiting the Mega Bloks website for more ideas and even detailed plans for structures.
Hollie, obviously, likes to build the aforementioned fairy tale castles but is happy to build anything pink really! She wasn't too happy at first when she saw this wasn't an unadulterated bag of 'pink' but she soon saw the sense in having the small selection of other colours as it makes the bricks so much more versatile. One brilliant thing about having so many pink bricks is that she can make flat 'faces' and people which look relatively lifelike, we've got other sets of Mega Bloks so she tends to swap and change between the sets - the girl-figure she made today with a bright red dress (Bloks from the other set) looks absolutely brilliant!
Storage is simple as the bricks just dump into the bag and this then does up with a sturdy zip that runs all the way around the top. The zip has been made so that little hands can work it, I've never known either this or any other Mega Bloks zip to stick - and incidentally while we've only owned this pink set for a short time, our other set is at least two years old and the bag is still in tiptop condition. I personally like the fact that the bag unzips all the way round as it means both Hollie and David can access the bricks and also put them away after themselves (in a fashion), an inferior set of building blocks we have comes in a bag that only opens up halfway and that's a nuisance as it seems to make it such a harder job to put the blocks back after playtime.
As far as I'm concerned I love Mega Bloks. They're huge fun for kids of any age (adults too, thankyouverymuch!) but also promote concentration and encourage children to play independently. Hollie used to use our previous set when she was learning to count and the same would be completely possible with this pink set, also younger children can benefit from improved hand to eye coordination as they learn to fit the Bloks together and suss out which ones will go together the best to create their masterpiece. Anything that encourages creative play is wonderful in my opinion, kids in general spend too much time watching DVDs and playing computer games - Hollie can work the iPad as well as I can, which is commendable but it's still better to see her playing with more traditional toys that encourage her to use her imagination.
The Mega Bloks are so easy to keep clean; I'd been expecting this set to get dirty quickly as they're all such pale colours, but this isn't the case and they don't show the grime up any worse than the brighter bricks. If I notice dirt on a specific brick I just wipe it over but now and again I'll tip them all into the bath with Hollie and they get clean as she's playing in the bath water with them - lazy, yes, but it works a treat!
I absolutely recommend this set of Mega Bloks, if only to ring the changes if you already have the traditional set of primary coloured Bloks. Obviously these are pretty gender specific but the fact that the pink bricks are interspersed with other pastel colours means it's not totally embarrassing when your son is seen playing with them - they *are* more for little girls though, and strangely I've never spotted a corresponding blue set for the lads!
Summary: A fantastic set of Mega Bloks for the little girly girls
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