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With Christmas coming up I am certainly not planning on purchasing any new toys for my daughter, especially since it hasn't been long since her birthday, however, I do like to visit my local charity shop which sometimes sells some brilliant second hand toys. One toy I picked up a couple of weeks ago for £2 was a bag of these Early Learning Centre woodne building blocks, and given the price, I decided to buy this as a one off before Christmas.
Unfortunately we do not have a local Early Learning Centre so I don't get much chance to have a look at their range of toys, except for online. After looking online, I found that these bricks currently cost £12 on the ELC website (although at present on offer for just under a tenner) for a pack of 75 bricks. I think I have slightly more bricks in the pack that I bought my daughter, so this may be an older version of these bricks.
These bricks offer a combination of different colours and shapes that can be used to create a huge amount of things. As well as cubes and cuboid shapes, there are triangular and semi circle shapes. I much prefer toys that are non electronic as I know they will stand the test of time, and I vaguely remember having a somewhat similar product growing up without it being so colourful.
From what I read online these this box of wooden shaped bricks are suitable for children from 12 months plus and I think that is a good recommendation. My daughter was just over 12 months when I purchased these for her and she showed interest in them straight away. Sometimes she likes to simply take them in and out of the cardboard bucket they came in, and sometimes she likes to hit them together, but with a bit of guidance from me, together we have built houses and bridges and robots etc. I think she finds stacking these bricks slightly harder than her mega bloks as they can slide off each other if she doesn't take her time, but I know that will come with time and that is another reason why I like these bricks as I know they will grow with her and last her quite a few years to come.
Obviously, these bricks like other construction style bricks are great for helping a child work on their motor skills as well as there coordination and creative skills. I think there is also a lot of learning potential with these bricks as you can discuss shapes and colours as well which should encourage language development.
All in all, I love the brightly coloured different shapes that these wooden bricks offer. There is endless potential for building with these blocks and although they are suitable from 12 months plus, they are a toy that should endure for quite a few years as a child develops. Even though I picked up this pack second hand, given the quality and the versatility of the product I would happily of paid full price for these. A great toy for boy or girl!
Since my daughter received a set of wooden bricks from Chad Valley, my daughter has been obsessed and plays with them all of the time. As she visits her nan at least once a week, my mum decided to purchase a set of wooden bricks for house too. The set she purchased was from Early Learning Centre.
The tub of wooden bricks cost my mum around £10-12 around a year ago. They are only available from Early Learning Centre, either instore or online, or some Mothercare stores. The recommended age for these bricks is 12 months.
The bricks come inside a big tub that acts as storage for the bricks when they aren't in use, this is an ideal place to keep them as they do tend to hide everywhere and it's hard finding somewhere to store things this little if the packaging isn't suitable. They fit in the tub well and there is no rearrangement needed to fit them all back inside.
The bricks themselves are made from wood, obviously given the name. This wood is of a fantastic quality and each brick has ever so slightly rounded edges so they aren't sharp at all. There are many different shaped bricks with many different colours, from blue, red and green with shapes like triangles, semicircles and cubes.
As I said previously, my daughter loves playing with wooden bricks and has done since she was around a year old, she's now almost three and still loves playing with these. To begin with the bricks were primarily used for banging against each other and pushing over when I made towers. Now my daughter builds different things with the bricks, most commonly at the moment is an enclosure for her little animal figures. The bricks are very versatile and can be used to build a huge variety of things. The different colours and shapes add an educational aspect to the toy, so not only are children having a huge amount of fun with these they are also learning at the same time.
I'd definitely recommend these wooden bricks from Early Learning Centre, my daughter plays with this at least once a week and are in an excellent condition. The price represents great value for money. They are both educational and fun.
ELC toys almost come with a guarantee of quality, and these blocks are brilliant for any kid to have. Not only are they fun to play with, but they're great for learning and excellent value as well.
You get a tub of small wooden bricks, varying in sizes, shapes and colours, and this allows for all sorts of construction techniques, fun and experimentation. Aside from the multiple colours, the blocks come in squares, triangles, semicircles and various other shapes that all slot together as long as you match them up properly.
The quality of the blocks is excellent. The corners aren't overly sharp, ever so slightly rounded presumable for safety reasons, and although there are still 'points' on them, the corners are smooth. Their weight is just about right, and you get the feeling that these are designed with weight particularly in mind as well as durability. Stacking them is fun, and also quite easy to do, and our son used to spend ages building up the highest tower of bricks he could just so he could knock it down again!
Doing things like this is fun, as is making different shapes and trying to use various different shaped blocks together to go out on angles. When they tumble, you never worry about any breakages or dents, as they also seem rather durable. The colours mean that you can sort them into shapes or colours, and this is really helpful for younger kids as they are learning. Learning needs to be fun at times, and this is an ideal way for this to happen.
Our son is now 7, and occasionally still likes playing with these. They're enjoyable and aesthetically and ergonomically appealing, and the tub they come in is also sturdy. We now have another son, still a baby, and we can't wait until he too is playing with these bricks. They seem to appeal to kids from the moment they can grab things up until older ages when things such as computer games, TV and playing with your friends takes over. However, these bricks will always remain a standard fixture in ours as long as they're still playing with them.
You get a tub of 100 blocks for around the £10 mark, and it's an investment well worth making. The main difference between these and other products is the quality - Early Learning Centre toys do seem to be more durable and better quality than most other brands, and this for me will always be the main reason it's my first port of call. I strongly recommend these blocks.
I have bought a lot of stuff for my son from the Early Learning Centre (ELC) because I find that the products are well made and can be fun and educational at the same time. He's now 3 years old, but about two years ago I bought him a packet of the ELC Wooden Bricks which he played with a lot over the last two years.....although he is starting to grow out of them now and move onto Lego.
The blocks came packaged in a tub which has been reused for storage since we bought them as the tub is sturdy and has a replaceable lid which keeps them safe. Each pack contains 75 wooden bricks which are assorted colours, sizes and shapes - and so they can be used in a variety of ways. The set of bricks now costs £12.00 from the ELC - which I think is an incredibly good price. The bricks come in red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and pine coloured, and there are squares, rectangles, triangles, semi-circles, bridges and cylinders of assorted sizes. There is a really good assortment. The bricks are solid wooden but they are also light weight and so they're unlikely to do a lot of damage when thrown across the room. Because they are wooden, they can be wiped over when the inevitable sticky fingers get all over them.
I like these bricks because they can be used to help teach and educate my son in a fun way. He likes to build different structures which helps his spatial and imagination development, but we have also used them to teach him colours and also to teach him counting. I think, even though he's not playing with the bricks much now, we will probably keep the bricks to help teaching him addition and subtraction.
Overall, I think these bricks are really well made and they are certainly worth the £12.00 price tag. They have remained in good condition despite some pretty heavy usage. Recommended.
When our eldest daughter celebrated her first birthday she was bought a box of ELC (Early learning centre) building blocks as a gift.
The blocks came in a tub that was great as it meant I had somewhere to keep the blocks. The blocks are wooden and brightly coloured and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
My daughter loved these blocks and we have spent many happy afternoons building towers and knocking them down and building houses and farms as she got older. These little blocks were a favourite right from the start and remained so for many years.
When we first opened the gift I will admit that I had assumed that building blocks were more of a boys toy but I couldn't have been more wrong because my daughter took to them straight away even at such a young age.
The manufacturers recommended age range for this toy is from 12 months which I would say is about right because by then baby has some co-ordination and can play more easily than a younger baby.
Some of the blocks will fit into your child's mouth but they are not small enough to be swallowed or cause any sort of chocking or obstruction.
These wooden bricks are currently (Oct 2011) priced at £12 which I think is fairly reasonable but the same thing can be bought from Argos where Chad Valley wooden blocks are available for £9.99.
My daughter is now quickly approaching eight years old and I have three other children who have also all enjoyed playing with these building blocks. My three year old son still pays regularly with the blocks and my 18 month old daughter also likes to build or rather knock down the towers.
I would recommend these building bricks as they have been a favourite in our house and have lasted very well despite many years of use. I am always amazed that the traditional simple toys still hold much more interest and last much longer than the more modern and character based toys.
A timeless classic
These wooden blocks come from ELC and cost £12 at full price. At the moment they are £9.60. I usually wait until I have a 20% Birthday Code as I do find ELC quite expensive.
I bought these wooden blocks from ELC to add to the blocks we already had. My Children are now 4 and almost 3 years, and these are recommended for ages 1 - 3 years. I had decided to buy them, as blocks are a toy that seems to "grow" with the child. As my children get older they find new and more interesting ways to play.
They are now able to make more elaborate structures, and these blocks can also be used at the same time as their wooden train set. We are able to use them to make buildings, and also to help hold up bits of the track!
They are a great toy to have, I am able to get the blocks out when their friends/cousins visit and all ages from 1-5 can play together. Though the little ones then annoy the bigger ones when they knock down their towers! It is a good way to get all the children playing together, and learning about "team work".
My children also like to put the blocks in their backpacks and deposit them around the house. There seems to be a method in their madness, as its a game they play repeadedly. I just have no idea why/what for! They also use them for cooking, and they both play together making cakes or stews with them.
The photo on the ELC website shows that many of the bocks are coloured, however only one side of the painted blocks is coloured. I don't find that this makes any difference to the play value, but it is something to be aware of if you would like brightly coloured blocks.
There are lots of blocks, and they come in a handy fabric bag. I store them elsewhere as it is way too much hassle to get them back in the bag. The bag is lovely, similar to the ELC bag for Life which come with the play food. The bag now lives in the dressing up box, where it has plenty of use.
My daughter was brought these for her first birthday by my grandma and they are lovely.I love ELC toys especially there wooden range as you just know the quality is fantastic and I do not mind paying that little bit more for that quality. You receive 100 wooden bricks that a lovely and smooth and just the right size for little hands. Amongst these there are many different shapes triangle, rectangle, squares and bridges everything you need to get a little ones imagination going.
These bricks are brilliant for building towers and whatever may take their fancy. My children are all young they get use out of them every day and so far they have lasted a year with no damage to them but as they are wooden I would not expect there to be. My niece and nephew who are 5 and 7 also love playing with them when they come round these seem to be one of them toys that they do not believe are too young for them so its good for a wide range of ages. A child can play by themselves or I can play with them which is also a thing I love about them.They come in a lovely storage bag as well so you can keep all the bricks together and easily clean them up after little one has finished playing with them.
They can be used for both imaginative play and for teaching counting as you can use the bricks to make puzzles of addition for older children my son loves this and always aks me to sit and do counting with him! Also with the few coloured bricks there are you can teach the younger ones colours with them as they build which also seems to have gone down well with my daughter.
The only bad point for me is that there are a few coloured bricks also included but not as many as I would have hoped and some of them just have there sides painted or the top but I suppose any colour at all is good. I just would have preferred a little more colour in the mix of them. ELC suggests a age range of 6 months plus but id say they can be used from a much younger age Logan is now 5 months old and he loves sitting (supported by me) and trying to play with his brother and sister and as there is no chance of them hurting themselves on these bricks they are perfect.
My grandma paid around £12.50 for these bricks from ELC store which I think is fantastic value for many hours of fun for my children and would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for some building fun for their little ones.
My son got these for bricks for his 1st birthday and I wish I had bought them sooner as they are great fun.
They cost £12 and there are 100 bricks in the pack. I think they are really good value for money as there are loads of things you can do with them and they are so simple yet my son will play with them for ages either by himself or with me helping him.
The best thing about these blocks is that they are wooden so I think they will last for a long time and are very durable and even though my so throws them about they are still in perfect condition. There is lots you can do with these including building towers and shapes and knocking them down. They are nice and colourful too with lots of coloured blocks in the pack as well as the natural wood coloured ones so they attract my son's attention.
It says they are suitable from 12 months but I wish I had them from my son being about 6 months as he wouldn't have been able to hurt himself with them but he has always loved me building towers for him and then knocking them down so these would have been very handy.
I also think he will enjoy playing with them for years as my 7 year old nephew always asks to play with them when he comes round and enjoys building complicated looking towers with them.
I would definately recommend these as they are so simple to use and you can even teach colours and counting with them.
I remember when I worked as a nursery nurse that we had a big box of wooden bricks for the children to play with and they were always a hit with both the boys and girls so I knew that when I had my baby it would be a toy that I would eventually want to own at home.
On my son's first birthday we bought him a set of the Early Learning Centre wooden bricks. I chose the Early Learning Centre as in my opinion their toys are always of good quality and last well. The set that we purchased came in a tough cardboard type tub with a lid which was handy for storage but we eventually progressed to storing them in a tougher plastic box as the cardboard one became a bit damaged after a while. I have noted that the bricks now seem to come in a canvas bag, which again would be good for storage.
The box of bricks that we chose cost just £12.00 which I feel was incredible value for the amount of play my son had with them. He used to play with these bricks from being just a year old when he would often just bang them together and things to being five now where he will build tall towers and intricate castles and things!
In the box of bricks you get 100 bricks. There are a mixture of different coloured bricks and also different shaped bricks. The colours range from orange, green, yellow, red and blue to a natural coloured wood too. The shapes of the bricks are cubes, small triangles, large triangles, bridge shaped pieces, semi circles, thin rectangular pieces and thicker rectangular pieces. There is a great variety and plenty of opportunities to build.
This set is suitable for children aged one onwards and of course as they grow their play with these bricks will change. Initially their play may be more about banging the bricks together to see what noise they make or sometimes just tipping them out all over the floor! As they get bigger though your child can really develop their motor skills as they try to build tall towers! My son and I used to compete to see who could build the biggest tower and of course this takes some logic too as if you start off with a small cube it is likely that your tower will fall down before one that is started with a thicker more sturdy piece.
You could also use the bricks to encourage mathematical development as you count how many bricks are in your tower or ask your child to build something using ten red bricks and such like. The scope for these toys really is so wide!
I honestly think this is a perfect toy for children! The bricks are colourful and of great quality. My son still has these in his bedroom at his dad's and they are showing no sign of damage at all and he still enjoys trying and building things with them. I wouldn't hesitate in buying these bricks as a gift for another child as I think they can give years of enjoyment at a really decent price.
Recommended and I award the bricks 5 stars!
I am the mother of two young girls but have nephews and friends with boys and unsurprising they were not very impressed with the vast amount of girlie toys!
One toy which was always popular with both sexes and the older ones alike is the Early Learning Centre bucket of bricks.
What is it?
Early learning centre wooden bucket containing 100 wooden bricks in different colours and shapes.
I mentioned that the bucket contains 100 different bricks this breaks down into Bridges x6, small trianglesx2,half moons x6, cubes x32, large triangles x4, Bricks x16 cylinders x4 ledges small x20 and large ledges x10.
I remember having wooden blocks as a child and we all like d to play as mentioned before both my children aged two and four love playing with these equally my male nephews aged 6 and 8 will happily play with them and what I think is really great is that these blocks aid imaginative play rather than being told what the toy is the children get to decide. We have had dolls houses to space rockets to road layouts!
I cannot see the exact product on the website they seem to be a bag of bricks for £12.00 which I feel is excellent value considering how these last and they also do not require batteries and are not too noisy unless they are being musical instrument!
I really recommend these not only are they great for imaginative play they also help develop hand and eye co-ordination and fine motor skills but most importantly they are fun .
I would recommend these to any parent technically they say from 12 months but my youngest played with these much earlier she loved to watch her sister make towers and knock them down again hours of fun! A great solid buy.
My daughter was given the ELC brick bag as a gift for her 1st Birthday. She's now 4 and a half and they are still being used.
The bricks come in a natural coloured canvas bag, with the ELC logo on the front. The bag has 2 sturdy carry handles and also 4 little cord ties so you can knot the top of the bag up when you put the bricks away.
The bag contains 100 bricks of varying shapes and sizes. The bricks are coloured either red, blue, green, yellow, orange or natural The smallest bricks are 1 inch cubes. If your baby has a habit of putting things in their mouth, then you might need to keep an eye on them with the smallest blocks.
As well as the small cube bricks, there are long thin rectangles, triangles, semi-circles, archways and oblongs. The biggest bricks are about 4 inches long.
The possibilities with these bricks are endless and you can have lots of fun with your child building towers, castles, houses etc. They really get your imagination going. My children also like sorting the bricks by colour, shape and size, so they have a lot of educational value.
Even with regular use, these bricks last well. After over 3 years of play, our bricks still look like new, with just the tiniest amount of colour chipping on the edges of a few of the coloured bricks.
The bricks cost £12 in ELC, which in my opinion is a bargain price for a quality toy that will long outlast all the plastic flashing light toys that children always get bombarded with
When I was young I used to love Lego and the whole idea of building things. I think as I grew up as a child I found some sort of a sense of acheivement in actualy building something from scratch and then sitting back and looking at what I'd done. So when I saw these wooden bricks from the Early Learning Centre I thought they would be the perfect introduction and starting point for my son.
My son is now over 2 years old but I bought these for him last year and he loves them. There are far more expensive toys out there on the market today with flashing lights and noises, so it's nice for him to have a toy that is not that dear and is not noisy in any way until he starts to knock down his constructions.
In this particular set you get one hundred wooden building blocks of various shapes and sizes and they all come in a great storage bag that is useful. This is great at the end of the day to clear them up and put them away somewhere.
The thing I love about these sorts of toys is that it really gets your child thinking about what he is doing and to be careful as he stacks them up to form various constructions. There have also been many times when he has watched me build my perfect masterpiece only to come over and knock them over again as soon as I've finished.
The blocks themselves are good quality and durable which is all important, in my opinion when they are for young children. There's no greater test than being tested by a young child as they throw them around and knock them over. They are also smooth wooden blocks with no jagged edges or risk of splinters for little hands. A lot of the blocks have colours on them too to add to the interest.
There are also enough different shapes to mean that a young child won't get bored. It is a great learning toy and very simple, and once he gets bored with this maybe in a year or so I'll start to try and get him on to the next step which is probably Lego.
This is one of those toys that never gets old. They can be a castle, a tower, zoo enclosures, huts, rows to knock like dominoes, or my sons favourite, roads and tracks for his hotwheels.
I bought the first set when my oldest son was 1 and quickly added another, as i felt more blocks would be far better. We had other blocks that didnt get much use, but he took to these right away. I think texture may have had something to do with it. These have a nice smooth feel unlike the cheap rough ones we had. They also have a great variety of shape and colour.
We've had our blocks for over four years now, and I can assure you, they have taken some abuse! My sons may enjoy building, but demolition is definately their speciality. The towers have been knocked down by hand, bowled over with various balls, had catapults shot at them, been crashed into with trucks, stomped on by "giants" etc... But there is still not one bit of chipped paint or any other sign of damage so I strongly reccomend them for durability.
My favourite author, Dr William Sears always reccomends the three b's for young children ; "books, blocks and balls". I couldnt agree more. This is one toy ever child should own.
As my son failed part of his two year assessment as he wasn't able to build a tower hard enough this was mainly due to the fact the blocks we owned were large ones and also he loved knocking towers down rather than building them up.
A few months later I spotted a box of ELC wooden bricks at a car boot but they were labelled at £5 so decided to take a walk round then returned later and made an offer of £3.50 which was accepted. I had no idea how much these cost but was happy to pay £3.50. I felt even happier when I discovered these were £12 in the ELC centre.
Our bricks themselves come in a cardboard box with examples structures that can be build and each box contains
2 Large orange triangles
4 Smaller red triangles
32 squares of various colours
6 blue semi circles
16 Long oblong shapes
4 cylindrical shapes
14 short rectangle pieces
16 fat rectangles
Theses blocks are second hand and have been played with by my son for over a year now and these are still in excellent condition despite each building been knocked down by my son and various other instruments at his disposal.
I do like how colourful these bricks are and it has helped with teaching my son to learn colours. I will ask him to find a certain colour square. I did hear some research on TV many years ago saying that males do look for things in front rather than also looking on the periphery of their vision and this dates back to pre historic times when men would go out hunting so aimed in on their target while women were minding the children and scouring around for threats against their children. I have found that my son does fit this scenario and do encourage him to look for shapes and colours at the edge of the blocks that he has poured all over the floor.
He does actually like to copy the designs on the side of the box and will tell me I am wrong if I use a different colour.
I do think this has vastly improved my son's fine motor skills and he can now build complex towers and we do also play a game o f high can you build which I obviously do let him win on occasions but he will also cheat at this game and knock my tower down.
This is a toy that my son does come back to time and again and something that he does play with independently but also does like to build with Mommy.
I do need to mention that the Early Learning centre have recently changed these bricks and they don't come in box but in bag which looks great for storage however the bricks are not as colourful as the old design and I think my son would miss the designs on the side of the box.
I would recommend them to any young child the only way I would improve this is to include some flat circles as my son has acquired a few from elsewhere and he uses these to build cars.
I had to share my opinion on this basic wooden brick set because of all the toys my children have (including many electronic and computer related games) this toy has had the most longevity in terms of hours of play. These were given as a gift when my first child was one years of age so I don't know the exact cost but believe them to be in the vicinity of £12-13 from early learning centre. I know that you can get these in a canvas bag as well but ours came in a tub. He is now seven and has a five year old sister yet these are still played with regularly.
These bricks are used even more now than when they were babies when I would build a tower for them to knock down in giggly delight. Now, every night before they have story time I am banned from their bedrooms so that they can build with them. When finished I am summoned to give my opinion. I am often astounded at some of the creations they come up with. I am sure my son is going to be an architect! They also now have the patience and dexterity to copy the pictures that feature all around the large circular tub that these bricks come in much to their delight.
When they go to stay with their grandparents this is one item that always goes with them and they never seem to tire of them.
The large tub they come in is incredibly sturdy with a handy handle for carrying. They often use it as a seat and it is still in good shape despite this. The lid is easy for them to take off and then the fun really starts. You get 100 coloured bricks (red, green, yellow and blue) consisting of 10 (90mm) and 20 (60mm) ledges; 16 (60mm) bricks; 4 cylinders; 32 cubes; 4 large triangles, 2 small triangles; 6 half moons and 6 bridges which the half moons slot into perfectly.
The only downside is that you only get 4 cylinders and they often wish there were more as these are their favourite brick shapes. The quality of the wood is excellent and they have not diminished in either colour or splintered or chipped at all.
This set really is a timeless toy and serves to reminds us, in this day and age of expensive gadgets and games consoles etc., that the oldies are still the goodies!!! They allow your children to be imaginative and creative and to persevere as building with these relies on structure and balance alone.
I cannot recommend these enough as they truely stand the test of time whereas other, more expensive and complicated toys, are gathering dust in their toyboxes.
Thanks for reading. x
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