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It seems these days that most children have some Mega Bloks at some point and my daughter is no different. However my daughter was never really interested in building blocks so I never thought of buying them but one day my mum came home with a bag from a local car boot sale. She paid just two pounds for them and they looked brand new so she got a real bargain there.
What are Mega Bloks? Well, looking at them they basically look like giant lego so I think it gives a good introduction to what is probably the most popular construction toy on the market. These particular Mega Bloks come packaged in a plastic zip up bag which is quite thick and durable. The bag is bright red in colour with a large see through panel in the middle so you can see the blocks inside. There is a picture at the side showing a cartoon boy building what I think is a giraffe out of the blocks and he looks like he is having a great time so I think this is very appealing to children. The bag zips up around the top of the bag and the lid pulls back to release the blocks. At the bottom of the bag it says age one plus.
The Mega Bloks are very brightly coloured and come in red, blue, green and yellow and come in a variety of different sizes.They range from a single block to a block of four so there are many possibilities for building things. As well as the bricks being different lengths there are two different height levels - one around 4 centimetres and the other around 2 centimetres. The edges of the blocks are rounded to make them safer for little hands. The blocks are quite good quality, the plastic is sturdy yet not too hard that children can hurt themselves with them. Around the base of the blocks the plastic is a little bendy but not too much that it detracts from the quality of the block.
Each bag contains 80 blocks which is a good amount for children to build various objects. My daughter did enjoy playing with the Mega Bloks but she didn't get them out to play with very often. She was just over two years old when she received the bag of blocks so the things she was able to build was somewhat limited. We had lots of towers and walls but then she tended to lose interest as she was unable to build what she wanted. As she has grown older I pull out the blocks to play with from time to time and her building has become much better and she is now able to do houses or animals (her version of animals aren't always the same as in her mind!) but even then she loses interest quite quickly.
I do like Mega Bloks as I think they have a good educational value as well as a fun aspect for the child. Building with the blocks enhances the fine motor skills and uses imagination which I think is really good as it doesn't take the fun away from playing. Also there is colour recognition with the blocks which helps to teach colours from a young age and when I worked in a nursery this was something we used to help the children with.
I think although it does say the blocks are suitable from the age of one that is a little young as I have seen children struggle to be able to fix the blocks together but with practice this does come and of course there is the great fun they have in knocking over towers that mummy has built!
There is quite a good range of Mega Bloks products around including a fire station, princess castle and a build and go walker so you can always add to the bag of blocks if they are a hit in your house. There is also a girls version of the blocks which come in pink, lilac and yellow. A bag of 80 blocks costs approximately £20 which personally I am glad we didn't pay as my daughter wasn't a huge fan but I know some of my friends children absolutely adore them.
I would recommend the Mega Bloks as I think they are a good toy for children, just not for us.
Thank you for reading my review.
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