Product Type: Mega Bloks Construction Toy
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Mega Bloks Building Blocks Bag
Member Name: miwa
Mega Bloks Building Blocks Bag
Date: 11/12/12, updated on 10/06/13 (49 review reads)
Advantages: Imaginitive, safe, versatile
Disadvantages: A bit of a faff to put away, bag might be a choking hazard, can't build an awful lot
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.
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