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The bilibo is a toy made by moluk. It is basically a shell shaped moulded plastic bowl with 2 holes towards one side.
Th bilibo has won many awards for its innovative design. It's simple design is supposed to arouse curiosity, engage the imagination and playfully train basic motor skills and balance
The whole idea of this toy appealed to me when I saw it advertised. A toy which encourages imaginative creativity with no need for batteries on an on-off switch. Children can sit on it, sit in it, wear it, use it as a basket, a helmet, a stepping stone etc. I could go on and on but I think you probably get the idea. This has to be better than the usual interactive toys which bombard my children's senses with lights and sounds.
I went ahead and paid £20 for this toy. I chose red but it is also available in blue, yellow, pink, orange, green and silver. When it arrived I was a little surprises at how big it was. It measures around 49cm across and isn't the smallest or easiest toy to store.
Although the bilibo is marketed at 2-7 year olds, I bought one when my son was 18 months old. I excitedly showed it to him and tried encouraging him to climb in or on it but he wasn't interested at all. I have since reintroduced it to my children at various points up to age 6. I have to say that they have never shown more than 2 minutes interest in it. Despite encouraging them to try different approaches to the toy and leaving it around the house hoping it would encourage spontaneous play, it really hasn't been a success and I have recently given up and sold it.
I still love the idea of this toy it's just a shame that my children didn't.
I should mention that the bilibo is extremely sturdy and could withstand boisterous play although mine did scratch easily on the floorboards.
In summary this was not worth the money I paid for it. My children have been more interested in simple homemade toys we have made. Perhaps if the price were lower and you could buy a stack of them it might have encouraged my children to play more.
As a child I remember having a great time with a toy oven. It was an upturned box with circles drawn on the top to represent the hob and my mum had cut a door out of the front for the oven. I doubt it survived very long, but I do remember it, despite it's simplicity. These days there are toy kitchens with so many features they put my REAL kitchen to shame! I can't help but feel that some toys are so 'all singing, all dancing' that there is little scope left for children to use their imagination. Which is why the Bilibo caught my eye!
The Bilibo is aimed at children aged 2 - 7 years. It is a large, curvacious, plastic shell made out of 100% recyclable polyethylene. It measures 39x39x22cm, has two holes in it and comes in six different colours. They cost around £17.99 each, but ever the bargain hunter I managed to pick an ex-display one up on ebay for a tenner! (I rarely pay full price for anything!!)
"But what is it?!" I hear you cry! That is the whole point! It is whatever your child wants it to be! They can sit in it, rock dolly to sleep in it, spin around in it (my daughters favourite!), balance on it, wear it as a funny hat and peep through the holes, fill it with water/sand/snow/mud, spin balls around in it, use it as a target to throw balls in to, use it as a giant mixing bowl for play cooking....these are just a few of the things my daughter has used hers for, and believe me, I could go on!
The whole concept of the Bilibo is that children are more stimulated by non-specific 'things' than the 'all singing, all dancing' toys that they so often get bombarded with. This award winning toy is open to interpretation and can become whatever your child wants it to be! And children can't help but investigate it, the shape of it is so inviting that the curiosity of visiting children always wins and so far it has been a winner with every child.
I bought this with the intention my children (18mths and almost 4years) would share it. I have to say that in our case the manufacturers suggested age range is right, as my 18mth old rarely plays with it. He enjoys being spun around/rocked in it, but can't do this without assitance. Occasionally he'll fill it with cars, then take them out again! But for him it's use is still limited. Whereas my 4 year old uses it almost on a daily basis for one thing or another - and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if the time came when they started fighting over it! Although they are quite bulky to store, they do stack so storing more than one wouldn't take up much more space. At the moment we don't have a problem storing the one we've got as it's in such constant use it doesn't need storing!
The Bilibo can be used indoors or outdoors and is virtually indestructable, I imagine if used on a hard surface it would scratch but this would be purely cosmetic. The Bilibo is quite expensive for such an abstract toy, which is why I searched for a cheap one! However, now I have seen it in action and know it is a good quality toy then I probably would pay full price for it....but only if I couldn't find a cheaper one somewhere! ;-)