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The Mega Bloks Build Big With Numbers is something my son has played with since he was about twelve months old, and now that he is four years old he will still play with the blocks on occasion, although less so these days as he's moved on to slightly more complex construction designs. I bought the box of Mega Bloks Build Big With Numbers from Ebay (second hand) and they cost me just £3.99, but I see they are currently available to purchase for new for just £9.99 from the Amazon website (www.amazon.co.uk). I think this price is actually very reasonable because it's a product which will last and will hold a young childs interest for a couple of years (I would estimate between about 9 months and 4 years old).
The Mega Bloks Build Big With Numbers come in a box which have a picture of the blocks on the front of it. The blocks can be stored inside this box, and the box has a little plastic handle which makes transporting them easy. Within the box are eleven mega blocks which are all large and so they are easy for little people to manipulate them as they don't have to be particularly dextrous or have very finely tuned movements. The blocks are varying sizes and colours and the non-uniformity makes them more appealing. The blocks are varying shades of yellow, red, green, purple and blue and so they can be used to help a child learn the different colours - for example, I would say to my son "Pass me a blue block". Each block is also decorated with a label which features a number from 1 - 10 and so this can be used to help teach a child their numbers - although I have to say that my son still struggles to identify the different numbers on the block (although he recognises numbers on his plastic fridge magnets). Next to each number there are a smattering of printed shapes (hexagons, squares, stars, rectangles, circles and triangles) and the appropriate number of these shapes next to the number printed on the block. My son has now started to recognise some of the different shapes. I like having these different elements to play with when I'm playing with these with my son.
The blocks themselves are made of plastic and they are shells of plastic and to they are not heavy and can be picked up by young children very easily. Each block has lego style connectors on top of the block and so you can fit the blocks together in a construction style. The blocks can be stuck one on top of the other - and it's my sons favourite thing to try to build a tower with one block on top of the other and then knock all of the bricks over in one fail swoop. Because the bricks are large, their base is really stable and so they don't actually topple over easily. Also, because the bricks are made of plastic, they are fairly robust and none of the blocks have cracked or split, despite some quite rough treatment! They can also be wiped over when grubby little fingers or slobbery drool (sorry!) get over them!
Overall, my son seems to like these Mega Blocks - and I think they are a good idea because they combine colour, numbers and shape identification, together with construction. Therefore you can use these to develop mental education and physical skill and co-ordination. I think it would be better if the labels on the bricks were spread out a bit so that you had shapes on one side, numbers on another side etc. so that the different elements were more easily identifiable to young children. However, on the whole I think this is a good toy for a young child.
Combine the fun of construction with learning numeracy in the Mega Bloks Maxi Big Build 123 Box , a set of 11 chunky bricks printed with numbers from 1 to 10 so children can learn to count as they build. A great start or addition to a Mega Bloks Maxi collection.