Recently, the kids and I played with a couple of Bloco toy sets. The playsets are a bit like Lego sets. But instead of plastic bricks, you build things with foam pieces and plastic connectors. The kits include instructions in the form of pictures. Bloco (Facebook), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, offers a variety of kits for robots, dragons, dinosaurs, and other animals. And thanks to Bloco, I’m giving away a toy set of the winner’s choice on my dad blog.
The Bloco playsets are designed for children ages 4 to 14. However, based on our experience, parents will need to help very young kids if they want to build the animals exactly as shown on the box. But one of the cool things about Bloco toys is that you can just let your kids use their imagination. Then they can just have fun and build something crazy on their own.
One of the kits we put together over the weekend is the 237-piece Tiger and Panda set. In addition to the tiger and panda, the kit also includes materials and instructions to build either a praying mantis or bamboo. You can only build a mantis or bamboo. You can’t build both at the same time, but you can take it apart and build the other item if you wanted to. There’s also instructions and materials to build two different panda: giant panda or baby panda. Like the mantis and bamboo, you can’t build both pandas at the same time. The kit wasn’t hard for me to assemble. However, it took me about two hours to put together the tiger, giant panda and praying mantis.
The other kit we built is the 155-piece combat dragon. My ten-year old son assembled that one. He built the dragon all by himself, but it took him about 90 minutes. When he was done, I was amazed how well the dragon looked.
All my kids love the Bloco dragon and panda toy sets. They said they want to collect them all. Thanks a lot Bloco. Putting the kits together was fun. As I mentioned earlier, it takes time to assemble the animals. The foam pieces are initially attached together on sheets so you have to separate the pieces yourself. Then you have to match the foam piece with the picture in the instructions. Some of the smaller pieces were hard to find, but it’s also a fun project for the little ones. In the case of my five-year old, he was able to correctly match some of the pieces. Note: the small parts are choking hazard. The kits are not meant for children under 3 years.
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Thanks to Bloco, a reader of my dad blog will win a Bloco toy of their choice from the Bloco website. The deadline to enter the contest is Thursday, May 22nd (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by Bloco, but they are not the administrators of the sweepstake on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. I received products for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]