“ Brand: Mega Bloks / Type: Brick building table / Age: 12 months + „
Over the last few months Jayden has really got into playing with his Mega Bloks and will spend ages playing with them, he enjoys building with them and also enjoys taking apart anything that we build. Because he enjoys his Mega Bloks so much he did receive a few other items from this range as gifts, one of these items is the Mega Bloks 3 in 1 Play n Go Table.
The Mega Blok 3 in 1 Play n Go Table is basically a rectangle shaped plastic table, the table is made from multi coloured plastic with bright blue chunky plastic legs, the top of the table is designed so that the Mega Blok bricks connect to it allowing your child to build on the table, the bricks can fit around the edges of the table and in the middle with a road going between the 2, the top of the table is made up of 4 sections which can be removed from the table allowing you to store bricks inside of it, these are held in place with a clip that turns in the centre of the table.
What I particularly like about this table is that the legs fold flat making storage easy, folding the legs down on the table is simple there are 2 pieces of plastic on top of the table at each leg that you squeeze which releases the leg and allows you to fold it down underneath the table top, there are also handles on each end so you can travel with the table as well, this is particularly handy for us as it means Jayden can take the table with him when he goes round my Parents house when I am at work.
The whole table is made from a chunky tough plastic which is durable and hard wearing, all parts are brightly coloured so that it will appeal to young children, this item is designed for children aged between 1 and 5 years old.
The Mega Bloks Table comes with 25 Mega Bloks bricks along with some stickers to decorate them with, these include pictures of different objects such as music notes, pencils, trees and so on, as well as the regular Mega Blok bricks (in various sizes) you also received an arch way and a little car with a man driving it, the driver can be removed should you wish and replaced with a different person (if you have the Mega Bloks people sets) the road on the table is designed so that you can drive the car around the table top around whatever your child has constructed.
When Jayden received his Mega Bloks Table as well as the 25 bricks that come with it he got around 50 extra bricks as there was a special offer on at the time, you can fit quite a lot of bricks inside the table, however fitting all of them in was a bit tight as you do need a bit of space to get the top on and secure it in place, this was not a problem as Jayden already had a lot of Mega Bloks bricks and a container to keep them in so we just keep a few inside the table.
The Mega Bloks Table is available from a range of places, my parents bought Jaydens from Argos where they currently cost £37.99, personally I think this is a fair price for this item and it is definitely worth the money, Jayden has had hours of fun with his. The price does vary a little depending on where you purchase it from and as I mentioned when my parents bought ours you did get extra bricks with it, however this is not the case with all stores that sell this item.
I would highly recommend the Meg Bloks 3 in 1 Play n Go Table, it allows your child to be creative and build whatever they want with their Mega Bloks on a stable base, the fact that it folds flat makes storing it easy and also allows you to easily move it around. The whole thing is strong and durable, Jayden has even decided to climb on it a few times when we haven't been looking and it has not broken or bent at all, the bricks are equally and strong and durable as well. This item is very reasonably priced and well worth the money, Jayden has had hours of fun with this. The Mega Bloks Table is ideal for both boys and girls, it is definitely something I would recommend.
This Mega Bloks table was actually given to us by a friend, and it has been played with every single day since my son was about 8 months old! This is definitely one of my sons favourite toys, although I am having trouble trying to stop him climbing all over this and falling off! He is 18 months old and has learnt to push this table up the the wall in my conservatory which is his play room, he climbs on top and then climbs onto the windowsill, he knows he can use it to get up to mischief!
This Mega Bloks table is a red table, with blue legs, which fold underneath and lock in to be able to carry this table around and travel with it, it actually folds flat with the legs underneath, you don't even have to take them off, just fold them down. It has two handles, one on each end to be able to carry it easily, and it is so lightweight, I have no problems carrying it about. The top of the table is made up of four pieces which are four different colours. These come off and you can store bricks underneath, so they are inside the table when you are transporting it. The four pieces fit on really easily and you twist the wheel in the middle to lock these in place. My son still can't turn this wheel at 18 months old, so it is quite secure. He spends ages trying to figure out how to get the table pieces off and get to the bricks underneath! When I unlock it for him he just throws the table top pieces off and climbs in and loves just sitting in it! Good job it is sturdy for him, it never wobbles or looks like it might collapse even though there's someone sat in it!
My son spends hours building with his Mega Bloks on this table, it is fascinating to watch. He will even build a big tower now, and then loves to just knock it all down. All Mega Bloks you can buy separately fit on this table, and they are so easily to clean too. I just put this whole table in the shower and wash it down and then leave it to dry, it is so durable, it looks like new still even thought it is about 4 years old!
I can see my son playing with this table for years to come, he loves sitting there playing with his bricks, and it really gets his imagination going, trying to build towers etc, I would highly recommend this table, looking on Amazon they are selling for around £30, which is worth it in my opinion, it is a brilliant toy, my son loves it!
While I was browsing in Tesco I came across a reduced section. I do get suckered in, so when I spotted this table for just £5 I decided it would make a great birthday present for my soon to be one year old son. The table promises to be three in one fun for little one which sounded promising. To set the table up you need to remove all the pieces, and by following the instructions there are stickers that need to be added to the table and bricks. These include the decorations for the car, signals for the road side of the toy and numbers to run along the edge of the table. It only takes a few minutes, and we find the stickers make this set a little more interesting. I was a little worried they may peel off with time, but 18 months down the line they are still intact. The legs need to be attached to the table if it is for an older toddler, or left off for on the floor play if the child is not walking.
The first step of this table is aimed towards younger babies not yet walking. By taking the legs off the table it can be used on the floor, as a building base for little one. We did get a lot of use out of the table at this stage; even though my son was already walking he enjoyed having a platform to build on. You will need to purchase a separate bag of mega blocks with this table. I did find the packaging a little misleading; it stated there were 25 blocks included in the set which I thought would be enough. On opening the box we found that there was a car, a figure to sit in the car, and four of the pieces were the platforms that sit in the table to build on. This means there are only really a handful of bricks to play with, and we found it really did limit the imagination.
The second step is aimed at children that are already walking. By placing the legs on the table it creates a station for little ones to stand at while they are building whatever it is they are aiming for. This cannot be used for children who are just walking, as it is not sturdy enough to hold the weight of a child using it as a support. It wasn't until my son was around 18 months old he began using this properly, but since then it has been a huge hit. He simply likes to build the town up with blocks provided, and by using his extra bag of blocks he can build sky scrapers, and larger buildings. The stickers do guide little where to build what, but to be honest my children completely ignore this to build whatever they want.
The third step is basically that the table can be used as a building base. With the set you receive 4 large bases that are clicked in to place like a jigsaw. These sit over the top of the table hiding the bricks, and accessories inside. The bases layout of a road and around the sides of the road is an area for children to create where little one can build houses at the side. The blocks can be used in spaces around the road to make a play built up area. The road is curved, and has a smooth surface for the car to move over nicely. It is a great addition to this set, and I find it helps give my children's imagination a little kick start.
One of the good things about this table is everything can be stored inside of the table. So if you remove the legs, the different bases, and the bricks they can all be stored inside the table. Then it is a compact version of the table, and although it is not small it does make it easier for storing away. There is only enough room for the blocks provided with the set, and this can be quiet difficult to fit in let alone anything else. We were hoping it could hold a little more, so the extra bricks we had to buy could also be stored in the same place. The age recommendation is 1 to 5 years which I do believe is correct. My youngest son loved playing with it without the legs on, and my eldest children enjoy playing with it as a table. I did actually put it away for a few months, as I found my youngest son was using it as a support while moving around the table. This made it a little dangerous, and although it is built for rough play it will not hold the weight of a child playing on it.
The legs are a liability; we found that they are really difficult to click into place. Yes it would be a great idea if it worked, as then we could just pack the table up into storage when it wasn't in use. What we actually found is that it made it dangerous for children in the middle age range. When we first used this table we purchased it for my son who had just began walking. This means he was still using everything around him for support to help keep him upright. Upon leaning on this table to play with the bricks, we found it collapsed underneath him. Until he became fully stable on his feet we needed to keep this table with the legs off as it could have caused an accident. Also the play mats that attach to the top of the table are rather fiddly to click into place. They need to be pushed over the bases to hold them in place, and this is really difficult to do so it does require adult attention.
I am still undecided if I would recommend this mega blocks table. It is a fun concept, and my children like to play with it. The thing is the legs to the table really do spoil it. They are hard work to click in to place, and really are not very stable at all. The 4 boards that build the base can be taken out of the table to use which is handy, but if they had only made it a little more stable it could have been so much better. There is no way I would pay the regular retail of £30 for it as that is marked up to high, but if you can find it for £10-£15 it is a worthwhile buy.
We bought my son a big bag of Mega Bloks for his first birthday and he really loves playing with them so we decided to add to his collection at Chritmas and bought him the Mega Bloks Table. We purchased the table from Toys R Us for £29.99 but you can now get it at a cheaper price of £22.99 from Amazon with free delivery. The table is packaged ready assembled with table legs folded under.
The table is completely made of brightly coloured plastic, four blue legs, red table top and four "building plates" that slot onto the top of the table (yellow, orange, green and blue). 20 various sized colouful building blocks are also included, along with a car and little person. Various stickers are in the pack, which fit neatly onto the blocks, the stickers include various details, such as plants, fire hydrant, window and door details, football, teddy bear etc.
The legs of the table can very easily be unlocked, with a quick pinch of the appropriate plastic parts, and then folded underneath the table top, this is great feature and I always fold the table down when not is use. It's equally as easy to click the legs back into place again when needed.
The four "building plates" slot onto the table top and are locked into place with a small twist of the plastic lock in the centre of the table. When in place, the plates create a track for the included car to be pushed around, along with building areas for blocks to be connected around the edge and middle of the car track. The plates can be removed to reveal adequate storage space for the blocks that come with the table (although not enough space to store my son's additional blocks).
I actually can't fault the table and think it would be great for most kids. Unfortunately, although my son loves building tall towers and then knocking them down again, he prefers to play with his blocks without the aid of the table! He often asks for the table but just likes to remove the plates and climb into the storage space or just stand on the table with the plates fitted, obviously, although very sturdy, the table is not intended for this purpose and we are constantly telling him not to stand on it! My son is 21 months old.
If this review was based on my son's use of the table I would only be giving it a couple of stars but there really aren't any problems with the table, just my son's lack of interest in it!
We bought this Mega Bloks table when our son turned one, as he was starting to walk and thought it would be a good learning toy for him to pull himself up on to see all the colours and shapes.
The table has a red top into which 4 different coloured squares slot in, all having Mega Blok 'nobbles' on (Basically, the bits that the Bloks plug into!). The table has 4 blue plastic legs which click into place making the table sturdy enough to put your weight on. The legs also fold away beneath the table for compact storage or transportation.
You receive what I would call a 'starter pack' of Bloks with the table, as they obviously want you to buy extra packs of Bloks in the future to expand your collection. You get a selection of coloured Bloks (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue) that are either half height or full height and in varying lengths between 1 and 4 Bloks long as well as a few 2x2 square Bloks. You also get a selection of stickers to apply to the Bloks to make them a little more interesting. I'm not sure if each table has exactly the same selection of Bloks, but you may also receive Red archway Bloks or Orange archway topper Bloks.
Our son didn't really pay much attention to building the Bloks until he was around 18 months old. Up until then he was more content taking the contents of the table and putting it on the floor, so be prepared for a lot of mess and destruction! Now he is nearly 2, he builds tall towers and is very proud of his creations. I'm sure as he gets older it will help him develop more creative thinking.
They also come in handy when used in conjunction with his Thomas plastic train set as he now uses the Bloks to create tunnels and bridges for his trains to go through/over and he's also started to use them to make roads for his cars to go inbetween. We've made garages and car parks, rocket ships and boats with these which soon get destroyed as they have nowhere near the rigidity of Lego, but they need to be a bit looser in order for a small child to manipulate them. Don't expect your proud creations to stay that way for long!
If I was to mark it down, it would be because you don't get many Bloks with the table and need to buy extra packs to make any decent creations. We also found the legs can fold away quite easily if not very securely clicked into place when the table is lifted up off the ground. They only use a plastic clip that slides into a retaining hole and if the plastic bends it makes it more difficult to retain its position and strength. Many times the table has collapsed unexpectedly when our son is lifting it up to move it.
The table top is only about 1 foot from the floor, so you may find your 2 year old then decides to climb onto the top of the table so you'll need to keep on eye on them if they take all the Bloks off it!
Overall, I'll give the Mega Bloks Table a 3.5/5, but for the purposes of this review I'll genorously bump it upto 4/5 as I think it has played a big part in our son learning his colours and hand to eye co-ordination.
When I was asked by my parents what my daughter might like for Christmas, I thought long and hard and realised there was one kiddie essential that was missing from her growing collection of toys - bricks! I adored my Lego when I was a child so thought it would be great to get her something along the same lines.
I had a good look on amazon and spotted this - the Mega Bloks 3-in-1 Play 'n' Go Table. There were several reasons this appealed to me:
* The blocks are large and chunky so perfect for my two year old
* The table provides a base to build on
* The table all folds away and you can store the bricks inside
My little girl was very happy opening this on Christmas morning and we got down to some building work straight away. The top of the table measures about 60cm by 40cm and, when the legs are extended, the table is just over 30cm high. The legs actually fold in underneath the table's base so after use you can fold the legs back in and it's much easier to store - with the legs folded under, the table is only 13cm high, which means it's easy to store away under a sofa or in a cupboard. Although it did take a bit of practice, once you get the hang of it the legs are very easy to unfold and click into place.
The legs are blue and the table is red. On top of the table are four flat, square pieces in green, orange, yellow and blue that can be used as a base to build on - there is also a 'road' running over the four pieces providing a perfect place for the car and driver included in the set to go for a cruise about. These four base pieces are actually removable and underneath live all the blocks! This to me is the main selling point of the table as after play it is very easy to tidy all the blocks away - and this also stops the bricks getting lost. There is a small dial in the centre of the table which enables you to fix the base pieces very simply, and also means you can open it up easily to.
Included with the table are 20 'bloks' in a range of different colours and sizes, including a car and a driver. There is also a tall 'bridge' which you can easily place on the table for the driver to go under. Finally, there are some stickers included so you can liven up the bricks - there are some random images such as a kitten snoozing on a bed, a plant, window, football and stop sign.
All-in-all the table is very easy to use, and you can get the whole thing up and running in less than a minute. There are also handles built in at either side so it's really easy to move about.
Another brick in the wall
We have played with this a lot since receiving it and my daughter loves it - especially the car and the character so I'm very glad these were included! You can actually build the base pieces on top of each other as a tower, with bricks inbetween, and MissD insists I do this every time we get it out. Although the table is quite small, she tends to stand up and play with it, and often ends up running around the table to make sure she can get to it from all angles. The different types of building are endless so it is quite versatile and there are a lot of things you can do, and MissD has no problem using the chunky bricks to build all sorts of unusual constructions. She also likes the different stickers and is very keen on the kitty in his "cot".
Why do you build me up?
I do have one complaint about this toy - there are just not quite enough bricks to build very much. Call me cynical, but I'm sure this is intentional so you are forced to buy some extra bricks! And indeed I have been out and bought the smallest pack of additional Mega Bloks that I could find (24 bricks for £9 from Early Learning Centre). This has made a big difference and has definitely increased the playability of the toy.
There are lots of other MegaBloks products available, and in various sizes, so you can buy add-ons to toys like this one, to extend their life. Although we have enough to be getting on with, it's good to know that we can keep MissD's interest up by buying some extra bits in the future if we want to. I would definitely like to buy a few more characters and vehicles as these seem to be the types of thing MissD is most interested in at the moment, and these are much more fun to play and interact with than bricks!
To conclude, I think this is a great toy which will give lots of hours of playing fun. It's a great way to introduce children to building blocks, and it provides lots of different playing options. I think the design is fantastic as it acts as a table and a base for building on, and it provides storage for the blocks, all in one. So all in all, it's a winner for me and MissD!
* Where to buy and how much?
This is available from all the usual retailers, including amazon and John Lewis. The cheapest I have seen this recently is £21 from Early Learning Centre, which I think is a good price. Do shop around as some other retailers are selling this for over £30.
* Ages: This table is suitable from 12 months and over.