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I wanted to buy some building blocks for my daughters second birthday, after doing a fair bit of research I discovered there was a wide variety of different brands and styles available, in the end I chose this Mega Bloks building bag. The Mega Bloks building bag is available from a wide selection of shops and prices vary, Smyths are currently selling the updated version for £14.99.
The product comes presented in a durable plastic bag with a handle on top, which can be kept and used for storing the blocks and makes transporting them really easy. We ended up decanted our blocks into a large container to enable us to keep all the various Mega Bloks sets together.
Each bag contains 70 blocks, although I think quite a few of ours have gone missing over the years. The blocks themselves are large and chunky making them ideal for small hands. They come in four bright bold colours - red, blue, green and yellow. The blocks are strong and durable, my daughter has dropped them countless times over the years and they have not cracked or split.
My daughter absolutly loved these blocks from the minute she got her hands on them, it didn't take her long to figure out how to use them, she enjoyed playing with these by herself (with adult supervision) or in cooperative play with me or her big sister. When she was a toddler I found them brilliant for getting her to recognise the basic primary colours, shapes and patterns, plus they encourage creative play and developed her fine motor skills. My daughter is nearly five now but she still plays with her Mega Bloks on a regular basis, these days she likes to build princess castles with them. I do feel she is starting to outgrow them a little now and I imagine I will be moving her onto something a little more "grown up " like Lego in the near future.
This Mega Bloks set is recommended for children aged between 1 - 5, which I think is about right. I think this is an ideal toy for a child's first birthday and one which will be played with and much loved for many years.
These were on the list for my daughters second birthday, having made a list from the Argos catalogue, I loved the idea of these, Lego but bigger. I loved Lego when I was younger, so I wanted to introduce her to something like it and this was the idea thing. The age ranges for these are 1-5 years old, but I personally would say babies from 6 months would be fine with these to learn grasping and such.
Give little builders something to build with the Mega Bloks Primary Colours 70 Piece Bag. This chunky set has 70 big and colourful building blocks , to build anything you can think of. Will you build a castle, a lion, a boat, or something even more exciting? You can build with the colourful blocks on their own, or use them with other Mega Bloks sets to build even bigger thing s! When you've finished your days building, the blocks easily pack away into a flexible PVC bag for easy carrying and storing. Mega Bloks 70 Piece Bag - primary Colours is a great set for encouraging creativity, and can be used with other Mega Bloks sets.
At the time of buying these I did pick them up for a bargain, I paid around £4 for them. At the time they was rebranding the packaging into mega bloks first builders big building bag, but you actually get less in the pack now and is around £15.
The mega bloks come in a big plastic bag, which is very strong and thick. The bag states "building minds at play and endless possibilities ' It has a handle on which makes it easier to transport around. It's a zip up bag, so most children would be able to open these from about 2 years onwards. Underneath the bag it does state this bag is not a toy, to avoid suffocation please keep this bag away from babies and children, so please bare that in mind. Since buying these my friend has actually gave me a mega bloks box to store these in, so it may be worth investing in one of these
It's a 70 piece set which contains a different choice of colours which are red, green, yellow and blue. The blocks are plastic and are shaped square and rectangular, there is also different size blocks which are one block, two blocks, three blocks, and four blocks. The blocks are quite similar to Lego pieces but a lot bigger and not sharp. They have small chambers on tops which insert into other blocks fitting them together.
When my daughter first got these she didn't really know what to do with them, so we use to sit down and began building towers. After being shown a few times how to fit them together, she got the hang of it no problems, I think younger children might struggle to put them together, but there is many more options you can use these for. we use to make towers about 10 bricks high before they would start toppling over and my daughter loved it falling over, it use to bring us hours of entertainment, then we moved on to buildering our own towers, and as soon as mine was looking a bit high she would knock it over which brought her even more joy. Now we have moved on to making houses, cats and dogs, and sometimes she will even give these to me on a plate telling me to eat up, mmmm nice.
At tidy up time we would count together, while putting the blocks back into the box. 1,2,3,4, learning whilst tidying up, even better.
We have also used these for basic colour learning and counting. I have to say these bricks are excellence for the price; they can be used for so many leaning options.
At tidy up time these blocks especially the smaller ones seem to end up everywhere, I have found many underneath tv stands, sofas and tables, but the good thing is as they are fairly big and colourful, so there's not much chance of standing on a piece left lying around.
The bloks themselves are really light and the size of them make them perfect for even babies to play with, as my 9 month year old has been found chewing on a few off these, but they are big enough not to be a choking hazard around younger babies, as these are really well made I don't mind him chewing the chambers.
These are a wipe clean toy and if they are looking a bit dirty I do just throw them in a bath for a few hours, for a soak.
These are a great learning toy for all ages, my daughter still loves these and even at nearly 3 she still plays with them, and I can also see my son loving these when he's a bit older and I think it would be a great toy for them both to play with together
You can buy many add ons for these now, as they have a lots of different ranges such as Barbie, cars, castles, fire engages and many more.
My only downside to these are there is 70 is a pack, and this does sound a fair amount, but when you are actually playing with them there does not seem that many, and if you do want to do big house then you might start running out of pieces.
A great learning toy for all ages.
There are so many construction toys on the market and of course the first one that comes to mind is lego. However lego can be expensive and its fair too small for toddlers who are liable to swallow it! I first came across megabloks when my daughter was playing at a friends and she really took to these chunky plastic blocks; a much better size for my then 18 month old. I found out from my friend what blocks they were then started to look out for them.
I eventually bought the megabloks from Asda in the toy aisle. At the time they had a sale on them so I paid £9.99 for the bag. Which for 70 bricks i thought was a really great price.We bought the girls version in the pinky bag although they do make a unisex version too which comes in a red bag.
Its actually pretty easy to get hold of megabloks especially in toy stores like toys r us or smyths although you will likely pay more there than in supermarkets or online. Its definitely worth looking around for the best deal at the time.
The pack of 70 bricks comes in a clear PVC carry case with either pink or red piping around the edges. There is a zip around the top section again in either pink or red which is really handy as it gives easy access to the blocks. There is also a chunky plastic handle across the top which makes it easy to transport, we have taken this away on staycations before and its great!
Inside the bag are 70 plastic hollow blocks of varyig size and colour. The pack we have has light pink, dark pink, lime green, yellow, lilac and white bricks in. I love the colour range they all go really well together and my toddler loves pulling blocks out the bag and telling me what colour it is.
The blocks are a good range of sizes everything from long and rectangular to smaller single bricks. There is a good variety.
All the blocks are nice and chunky, perfect for little hands to easily grab. The blocks have raised circular knobs along the top of the brick which allow them to slot into the hollow under section of the other bricks. Because its so chunky my toddler found this really easy to do and it definitely helped her develop her hand eye co ordination.
There is good scope to build all sorts of things from these bricks. My daughter has build everything from the usual tower to dinosaurs! It certainly helps develop a childs creativity and imagination as they can build whatever it is they want.
The blocks are recommended from ages 1-5 which is about right in my opinion as after 5 I would imagine they would want something a little more challenging and before 1 they don't understand how to properly play with it. That said I happily allow my 10 month old to hold, chew on and explore the blocks as I know she won't be able to swallow them and she loves the colours and exploring the textures and bumps.
The only small downside I have found is that the blocks aren't very secure when slotted together which my toddler tends to get frustrated with when they don't stay if she picks them up. This is a really small issue though and not enough to put her off playing with them.
Overall I've been so impressed with megabloks. They are great quality and durable. They are one of the most played with toy in our playroom but are easily tidied away back into their handy bag. My daugter even loves tidying them up which is a mega plus for mummy! For the price I paid for 70 blocks it was a total bargain. Its the perfect unisex toy. I would recommend to the parents of any young children, you won't regret buying this timeless toy for your little one although you will be finding the bricks down the back of the sofa and under the table from now on!
I award this toy 5 out of 5 stars as the small issue my daughter has isn't enough to deduct one.
My son was given this bag of Mega Blocs for his second birthday and he has had great fun playing with them. The bag is currently retailing on Amazon for £19.99 (December 2012).
The Mega Blocs come in a large clear pvc plastic, durable bag, that is easily zipped up and very useful for storing the blocs when not in use. There are 70 maxi blocs in the bag and they range in size and shape. They include small 1 brick blocs and larger 4 brick blocs, some are thinner than others and they come in red, blue, green and yellow. The set is also available in pink, if you would prefer.
They are easy to fit together and also pull apart for small hands and as they are chunky they are easy to hold and also pretty safe, due to their size. I found that at first my son would just build towers, but as he has got older he builds are imaginative things. As they are a Mega Blocs brand they also fit with other Mega Blocs products, my son has a pirate ship and he can use them together to build other things.
They are also easy to clean with either a wipe or if necessary by chucking them all in the sink with a washing up liquid, swishing them around and leaving them to dry on the draining board.
Overall I think these blocs are great as they provide an introduction to building at an early stage, so this helps with coordination and imagination, they are easy to use, colourful and easy to clean. They can be used across the Mega Blocs range and they are also well priced. Overall I would recommend them to others.
Like many parents and carers who have young children around, I find myself spending more time playing with my niece's toys than she does. These Mega Bloks were an early addition to her toy chest at our house, and as early as 10 months old she was attempting to pick up the blocks, progressing to gnawing at the blocks or carrying them around in her mouth as she began to teeth.
There are several kinds of block in this "bag" pack - some are square, some are shorter than others, some are long, but most fit together quite easily. All are painted in the same three simple primary colours. As I mentioned, my niece is a chewer, but these blocks are pretty sturdy and have never lost their colour or warped under stress. I would estimate there are about 15-20 pieces in a bag.
I think the clear plastic bag these blocks come in is a good idea theoretically, but in practice, my niece often tries to put it over her head. While this is endearing to me, it gives my mum a heart attack (and rightly so). The other problem with the bag is that you can't just sling the blocks in willy-nilly, you almost have to build up architectural experience to be able to fit all the blocks in the bag and be able to zip it up. It's not a huge complaint, but it means cleaning up after the baby takes longer than I feel it ought to for a single toy (and believe me, she has many).
As for playtime, I spend a lot of time trying to build something to amuse my niece. Though she is just past the 12 month mark, she has trouble actually fitting the blocks together - though she has no problem, once I have finished with my block sculpture, to destroy it immediately and with great gusto. We have made houses for her plastic animals as well as goal posts for the little balls she likes rolling along the floor. However, despite their versatility, these blocks do not go very far when building things, as they are quite fat, and there are not as many blocks in a bag as you might first think. I would have rather the blocks have been smaller and more of them, rather than have them be like overblown lego and have trouble building anything more than a low square outline as a 'house'! However my niece seems not to mind...
I think these are a pretty good gift for toddlers, especially those still in the stage where everything goes in their mouth, as they are big enough not to swallow. As for being £9.99, I am not sure they are worth the full RRP considering how little they can build (maybe buying two bags is a good idea), but if you can find them discounted or in a sale, they are definitely worth a look! I imagine they build coordination in toddlers, but more importantly they are hours of fun for the children...and not so young people too.
Mega Bloks are the only toys that my daughter absolutely loves and will play with in whatever mood she is in. She has had them since about 15 months old and she is coming up to 18 months now and still likes to play with them. In the beginning I would build the bloks for her and she would knock them down. Now that she is older she can build them up into towers, slowly, though she isn't at the stage where she can make definite things yet like castles and boats. When my 4 year old nephew comes over he makes all kinds of things with the bloks and his only complaint is that there are not enough of them! My daughter likes to help him which is really sweet as some toys cause children to fight but these don't, I guess because it the building process itself is so much fun.
The bloks are bright plastic blocks of varying colours, basically think giant lego pieces except they are 'softer' and not as sharp. They still hurt your feet though if you step on them and this has happened to me a few times as a few pieces inevitably go rogue whenever we clear them away- so be warned! The bloks are made up of rectangled and squared pieces. They vary is size and there is some variety with a few bloks having curved edges. They come in a useful clear plastic bag to pack them away in and the zip on this case is strong enough that little fingers can't open it or break it which is also good. I wouldn't recommend leaving a child of any age alone with the bag.
This Mega Bloks set cost me £9.99 from Toys R Us and although the bag and the pieces have been thrown about, stepped on and one even went through a wash (!) they are all still in good condition, not dented and fine to play with. The bloks are also very easy to clean as the plastic is smooth and also any dirt is easily spotted on the bright colours. I'm not sure why the recommended age is for a 3 years and over as they are clearly suitable for smaller children, far too small to swallow no detachable parts. I don't normally like bright coloured toys in my household but my daughter loves them, probably because they are not at all restrictive and can be played with so easily, eg she will not just try to build with them but also put them into other toys, boxes etc, and take them out again. She is also starting to tell a difference between the colours as some days she likes to carry around only blue bloks for example.
To summarise, I highly recommend these for pretty much all children as they really invite a child to use his or her imagination and they are clearly good at improving hand-eye coordination. My daughter always looks so proud when she has built a small tower. That's before she's knocked it down of course -- they she looks about as impish as an almost-18 month old can look ;D
My little girl was given a pack of these for her birthday (1st!) in September.
At the time we thought they were a pretty poor present from someone with little idea about what to buy a 1 year old, but after giving her a bit of freedom to play with them they are actually quite a good toy.
So, this is a thick but soft moulded plastic carrier with a zip closed top which carries 70 different sized interlocking coloured bricks. Essentially these are Duplo bricks (oversized Lego) under a different name.
There are a handful of square 'base' blocks which for quite sturdy platforms to build upon, then various heights of 1, 2, 3 and 4 long strips.
My little girl is now 15 months old, and so still not able to lock the bricks together, but she is able to stack them in small towers, though I have to press them together.
For the most part she uses them with her other toys - mainly bashing them against different things to see what sort of noise she can make! However, when she becomes bored and just wants to chew, these large plastic blocks are perfectly safe.
I have been using the bricks to teach her colours. We separate them into their respective piles and ask for a green or a yellow brick to see if she can differentiate between them. She is beginning to respond to this in a manner, but is still a little young for those sorts of games really.
Her favourite game with these is knocking down towers which I build for her.
While her coordination isn't advanced to the point that she can press them together, she is superb at separating the individual bricks and happily spends half an hour pulling them apart until none are connected.
A slight worry is that she is obsessed with the empty plastic pack they come in. We have to tuck it away out of sight and out of reach, because on the occasions she has got hold of it it's all she wants to play with! Obviously she is never left unattended, but it's still a concern.
In summary, the bricks are clearly on the verge of becoming one of the more played with toys, but I think 18 months+ is going to be the optimum age to play with them. The bag does say 1 year plus, but I think it's a bit young to get anything out of this toy.
For the price, these are good value. £15 seems to be a fairly standard price, with some of the big chains asking as much as £20 for this starter pack.
As I say, I'm sure these will be out constantly and will be added to (there are lots of add-on packs) in the near future.
I have lots of grandchildren and so need to keep them amused for quite a few hours when they come visit me. I bought these blocks a long time ago for them to build and make anything they want to build.
They come housed in a clear plastic bag which has a handle so that they can carry the bag if they want to. It also has a zip fastener so the blocks stay inside the bag.
The bricks are really chunky and brightly coloured, they are of a very strong plastic and they can be wiped with a damp cloth to keep them nice and clean. there are 80 blocks in the bag and I paid around £15 for them like I said some time ago. I bought them from Tesco. The colours are green, blue, yellow and red.
My grandchildren can easily stack these together and build things. They part well too with little effort needed. They are so chunky they can hold them in their hands and play with them. They are also very light to hold and my baby grandchildren can carry them to me to help them make things.
We have had so much fun together as a family using these blocks. They are very good quality and not a flimsy kind of plastic and they don't bend etc. when they are all inside the bag, the bag isn't too heavy for them to carry to their rooms to put them back where they brought them from. I like the idea of the bag because it keeps them all in one place and not bricks which get lost etc. It also teaches them that they have to put their bricks away after using them. I try to make a game of putting these bricks back into the bag when the toddler grandkids don't want to put their bricks away, I just say bring me a yellow block and they do most of the time and also it teaches them how to remember colours.
These are a really good buy and worth the price, they are an ideal Christmas present for your children or grandchildren and they will most definitely last for many years.
Also because they are so chunky, they are much safer if some of the older children want to play with them and a baby is crawling around the floor and my want to join in. I always watch all of my grandchildren when they play with these bricks just to make sure the babies don't place them in their mouth etc.
I think these are great bricks and suitable for toddlers and maybe up to school age and the older ones can then have the smaller bricks. I have a few 5 year old grandchildren who also love to build with these bricks and they have had hours of fun building trucks and houses etc and anything they think in their mind they want to build.
I recommend these bricks to anyone looking for a good set for a Christmas present of for a gift or just to have at home for having fun. They are cheap enough just for parents or grandparents to buy for the children to have a nice set of bricks to play with when they come to visit.
I rate these bricks 5 stars.
For my son's birthday I wanted to get him something both educational and fun and these seemed to cover both bases. They come in a transparent zip up oval bag which is surprisingly hardy, my son has had these since June and the bag is still going strong. It also makes packing them away easy and they are nice and tidy. My son even enjoys tidying these up as part of a game. The blocks are quite large and this makes it easy to balance them when building, they are essentially the first step towards Lego. There are seventy blocks in the bag and they are all very brightly coloured in red, blue, yellow and green. They are perfect for little hands to hold and push together easily for them to be able to build anything. They are a selection of sizes in the bag and this gives more options for building. They are designed for one year plus and my two and a half year old still gets a tremendous amount of use and fun out of them. His brother also likes to play with them at age ten and they play lovely together. Although my oldest would rather play with Lego, he knows his brother can't play with him if he plays with Lego so they play together with the megabloks.
Both the bag and the blocks are plastic making them extremely easy to clean with a wipe down with Dettol. There is only one problem and that is they hurt, I have stepped on them so many times and they do hurt...lol! We have had a few crashes with my son trying to build towers to tall and them landing on him but they are so light that he has not been hurt and laughs and does it again. He thinks in it is great fun to watch them all tumble. I have laminate and they don't damage this in the way wooden blocks can. When my son has friends to visit they always seem to fish these out first, and are one of his favourite toys, and mercifully it is a quiet toy...lol!
I have even used these to teach colours and groups with my kids and they will come in handy when teaching my youngest to add up etc.
I bought mine from asda for just under £14.00 but they are available on amazon for around £15.00 both of which are great prices for such a versatile and impressive toy. There are smaller 24 block bags available, but my boys love building things and I thought this would limit them.
Overall a fantastic buy and would highly recommend. They are extremely versatile and fun.
WHAT IS IT?
A set of 70 large plastic building bricks in a plastic storage bag.
These are bricks from the Mega Blocks brand and come in different lengths. There are equal numbers of all of them and they all fit together so you have got a lot of choices of things to build. They are all bright colours like red, green, blue and yellow.
WHAT DO CHILDREN GET OUT OF PLAYING WITH THEM
These bricks are for children who are too young to play with Lego. You can build different things and shapes but 70 isn't very many bricks so you need another set to build anything large. It teaches children about fitting things together and how to be creative, you can use the bricks to reinforce mathematical lessons into children by using them for counting and taking away. Very young babies can hold 2 bricks and will enjoy putting them together and pulling them apart again.
WHAT I THINK
These are the best large bricks because they are a good size for a child to hold and use. The bricks fit together smoothly but bend easily if you tread on one in your shoes or trap one under the sofa. All the colours and sizes fit with each other. My children have always played with Mega Blocks but neither of them like Lego very much so it doesn't always progress as you think it is going to.
They do not get dirty but if babies are playing with them you should clean them thoroughly regularly. The bag is very good and is still strong even though the Mega Blocks are 4 years old and have been played with by 2 children for all that time. The bag is perfect because it hangs up and saves room in the toy box.
I think it's hard to make anything properly with just one bag but you can do little houses and there's one very big brick that has wheels on it so you can make vehicles.
5 Dooyoo Stars
Mega Bloks is a cheaper, more child friendly version of a rival popular brand of building block (*cough* Lego *cough*) that is colourful, big enough not to lose under the sofa and lots and lots of fun! Being much bigger than any of their nearest competitors, the blocks are easy to construct and perfect for building towers, walls and bridges which can be used alongside any of your child's various other toys. Despite being 5 (the age range for this product is aimed between the ages of 12 months to 4 years), my daughter still loves playing with these blocks and one of her favourite games is building a barrier which her toy cars and trucks can smash into and knock over!
The things I like most about this product (other than the price- £14.99 for 70 blocks) is that they come in a handy travel bag that can be easily carried between grandparents, they come in a range of bright colours and are big enough to fit in your child's hand and they would have to have a mouth like a python to be able to swallow any of these accidentally! We've all heard the stories about children ingesting a certain other brand only to deposit them later!!
On the other hand, one criticism you could make about these blocks is that they are a little basic! Playing with these by themselves could easily end up being only a short-termed distraction for your child as surely there are only so many towers they can build before the novelty begins to wear off. Whereas with other brands there is a bit more you can do with the blocks, with thyese your choices are slightly more limited.
Still, you get what you pay for right? And though these aren't quite enough to be a proper present in their own right, these would make an excellent stocking filler provided you had a rather big stocking!
==Mega Blocks Building Block Bag==
Having recently had a big sort out of all Jack's old toys that would be suitable for the arrival of another little boy any time soon I unearthed some toys that Jack was keen to start playing with again even though I have had them packed up for a little while (always typical isn't it?!).
These Mega Blocks were a really great purchase of mine and Jack has had tons of use from them and is again enjoying playing with them combined with his cars and little soldiers. I remember purchasing them from my local Woolworths shop a good few years ago and I know I paid £14 for the bag as the sticky price label is still stuck to the outside of the plastic zip bag that the blocks are held in. if you were looking to buy this bag of bricks now you can still get them for around the same price online if you are prepared to have a second hand bag although for a brand new bag you are looking at paying into the early £20 to £25 which is still not a bad price for the product.
There are 80 different types of coloured and sized blocks that come in this bag and the colours range from blue, green, yellow to red. I remember a friend of mine buying a bag for her little girl and she was able to get a bag that had a lot of pinks and whites in and was generally more girl friendly although this bag of multicoloured bricks is not necessarily aimed at boys as both sexes can play with the bricks and have just as much fun.
The fact that these bricks come in a really handy bag makes for such an easy to store and to pack away toy that I wished all toys were as easy to pack up. The bag is made of a rather thick and very hard wearing plastic and there is a red strong zip that goes all around the top sides of the bag giving it a sort of lid which flips back to get the bricks out or to put them away.
The bricks inside are much like super large Lego bricks but with a more rounded nob on the top of each one which allows them to be fitted together and built into anything you can imagine (with 80 bricks anyway). Of course Jack loved to make just single towers when he was smaller and see if he could stack them taller than he was and as he advanced he was able to make small castle like buildings although 80 bricks does leave you somewhat limited when it comes to making something on the larger scale.
The range of brick shapes in the bag is not bad either and there are plenty of single bricks, double nobbed bricks and even three and four nobbed bricks which makes for a more fun range of possibilities.
I was quite surprised when Jack started using these bricks again after having got them out of mums loft where they have been for a year or so especially as he is really into his smaller and far more complex Lego building now. However I can see the appeal as the large and chunky bricks did make a nice looking garage for his cars to drive in and out of and even though he is 5 and a half he seemed to enjoy using these bricks as much as he did when he was 18 months. There isn't an age range stated on the bag but I would say the fact that the bricks are so chunky and easy to handle would make them suitable for any child over 12 months.
The fact that these bricks have had such a lot of play when Jack was younger and then survived a year in the loft and come out for more play and they still look pretty much as good as new means that this really is a toy that is built to last and I am sure will survive another good few years being played with by the next little man that comes along. The only bad thing I can think about when buying this product is that sometimes there really isn't enough of the bricks in the 80 piece bag but I do believe you can buy a bag which has 120 bricks in and I think if I were to be buying it again I would most likely opt for the slightly bigger bag so that more buildings can be made from the set.
All in all though I must say that these bricks are well worth the money and have a lasting playability to them. They are sturdy and easy to store and suitable for child of all ages. The possibilities of play really is as big as you can think and only needs a bit of imagination to make the bricks into something super fun. It has to be a tops core rating of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation from me (and of course from Jack too!)
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
My son has two of these bags from mega bloks. The reason for having two is that my brother went shopping for a birthday present for his nephew and forgot that he and his wife had bought him the exact same thing previosuly for Christmas! We have now built up quite a collection of mega blocks items for my son, good job he likes them!
The blocks are like large pieces of lego. They are recommended for ages 1 and over. Being a nice chunky size means that they are easy for little hands to hold. They vary in size and come in a mix of primary colours which means that whilst playing children can learn the concepts of colour and size, especially if you play with them and talk about these things. At a younger age (around 1 year) my son was quite content to hold and manipulate the blocks in his hands or bash them together. By 18 months he was fascinated with pushing the blocks together to make big towers. Now over 2 years, he likes to use his imagination, he will build what he says is a car and drive it across the table for example. My daughter used to have some of these too and she played with her blocks until she was 5 or 6, so my son should get quite a few years of play out of these yet. To be honest, I think at 11 my daughter still likes to play with these! These blocks have also proved to be a hit with my niece and nephew (who are 4 and 5) when they visit, so they are certainly good for quite a wide range of ages and go down well with girls and boys.
There is quite a large range of things from Mega Bloks which are all compatible. The 70 blocks in the bag are plenty to build and play with, but as we have a truck, a red wagon and an extra set of blocks too we find that there is a huge amount of possibilities for playing with these blocks.
The bag the blocks come in is the only packaging which I think is great, no rubbish and waste! The bag is made from a nice and strong, yet flexible plastic and both of ours are still in great condition after a year or more. They are very handy for storing the blocks in, meaning that I don't have to worry about where to store all these blocks! The bag also makes the blocks nice and easy to take with us if we're visiting people, it has a handle on the top so it's easy to throw in the car or slip over a pushchair handle to take along anywhere.
The blocks are a good quality and I have never had any problems with them becoming damaged or broken, even with a very over enthusiastic toddler.
The blocks are a reasonable price, but it's usually worth having a good look around as they can vary a bit from shop to shop. Argos currently have them at £14.99 but I have seen them included in their 2 for £15 offer in the past. Tesco sell this size bag for just £9.97. I have seen these for sale in most places that sell toys, so they are easy to find both online and in shops. Considering just how long these blocks last and the entertainment value they have I really do think that they are fantastic value for money
I have an obsession that I like to spoil my nephew and as he is now getting older he is out growing all of his baby toys so I am always looking for toys that are reasonably priced to keep him amused.
I was shopping around online and came across the Mega Bloks Building Blocks Bag, this is great as it has 70 blocks that come in a different range of sizes and colours. They come in a great plastic durable bag that has a zip at the top so you can easily pack the blocks way after use, without losing them or having to buy a container to store them in. The bag also has straps and acts as a backpack so they are perfect for my nephew to take out for the day to play with.
It is great as it allows my nephew to build towers help enhancing his coordination and we also like to make bridges out of them to use with his trains and track. The blocks are a great size and they are the right size for young children to use and they can handle them with ease.
This pack was retailing at the time for £9.99 which I think was definitely worth every penny and it allows his to have hours of fun, building a range of different things. The bloks are recommended for children aged 12 months and upwards my nephew only really started playing with them at just over 18 months, before then he used to watch us build things and either knock them down or eat them.
These blocks are also easy to clean, which should be done every now and again to make sure that there germs on them are kept to a minimum.
As he get older I will buy some of the different mega blok ranges so that we can build larger bigger buildings and there is also a Thomas the Tank Mega Blok pack which I know he will enjoy, so I think I may get him that for Christmas.
Overall worth every penny for under £10 hours of fun and the great thing is that you do not have to build the same structure twice. This would be a great gift for any child as a birthday or Christmas present.
Earlier this year I remember being on the hunt for some indoor activities to keep my daughter entertained during the days when weather was awful and we just wanted to stay inside. She has tons of dolls, books, DVD collections of her favourite cartoons and a kitchen set but considering she was only 2 and a half I wanted something quite interactive and educational, yet creative without too much of a mess afterwards! My friend's son is 4 months younger than her and after visiting her house she had these bloks and both the little ones's loved playing with it so I decided to invest in some for her to have at home.
They come in a clear plastic bag, with a handle so easy to carry around and also when not in use the bag can be squashed down small and compact. With a zip opening it is pretty straightforward to open and now she is 3 she can access these easily herself and play with them whenever she feels. I purchased this bag from Argos for £9.99 at the time and in a bag there are 80 pieces which to me sounded like loads! However, this is rather misleading, and as soon as we got them home and opened them up to play there was hardly any for her to play with! So the next day I went out and bought her 2 more bags so she could have fun building castles and walls etc to her hearts content.
The bloks themselves are an assortment of colours; green, yellow, red and blue. They are plastic squares and rectangular shaped and some with curved edges, which are simple building bloks, not too dissimilar to the concept of lego - with small cylinders on the top which insert into another blok so as they all form together. The bloks are designed for enhancing motor skills and the packaging states "building minds at play'. I think that as a toy and a learning tool these are great as it encourages my daughter to think and build up colour recognition as when we first started playing with them I would say "pass me a blue square" and she would take her time and give me a square which was blue. Although the bag states these are for children aged 3 + my daughter was fully capable and happy playing with these at the age of 2 and a half (of course with my supervision) so I do think the age guideline is a bit underestimated as my daughter is now 3 and doesn't play with these for particularly long as she gets bored rather quickly of them!
The bloks are of excellent quality and do not break and are nowhere near small enough to even fit inside the mouth of a child (let alone be swallowed!) so they are fantastic as a child's toy. They are also not small enough to be accidentally be sucked up by my vacuum which is a big plus as this seems to be where a lot of her toys end up! The bloks are of course plastic so are really durable and she is yet to manage to break one so they can withstand all kinds of torture she throws at them (literally, they used to get thrown everywhere!). The only niggle with these is that the shapes are pretty basic in the bag so aside from building a house or simply piling the bloks on top of each other as high as she can until they all topple over there isn't much variety that can be built with just squares and rectangles to be honest. Needless to say there was only so many times this was fun and we did try various attempts at building the bloks that are shown in the picture on the bag, one being of what looks like a kind of ship which was fun. I would have liked if the packet came with a small leaflet of sample figures which could be constructed from the building bloks to give her a bit more of a challenge and something to stretch her capabilities a bit. (I'm not saying she could build it, but would give her something to try and do right?)
Overall I really like these bloks, as does my daughter and they have been fantastic value and have endless usage. She doesn't play with them now as much as she used to, so I am considering soon to donate them to her nursery as they are easy to wipe clean and in perfectly good use so some other children can have as much creative fun as she has had these past 9 months :)
Let your imagination run wild with the Mega Bloks Primary Colours 70 Piece Bag . Build a castle, a boat, or any other fantastic construction you can dream up with this set of 70 bright and chunky building blocks . There's endless fun to be had with the giant pile of bricks and the whole lot packs away in a jiffy thanks to the flexible PVC bag . If you really want to think big, the colourful set can be used with other Mega Bloks kits, so you can build as high or wide as you like. The 70 piece bag is also available in pink . Features: 70 big and colourful building blocks A PVC bag for easy storage Great for encouraging imaginative play and creativity