My boys have always enjoyed building blocks but Guidecraft has allowed my boys to build in a whole different way. We recently had the opportunity to review three different sets of blocks.
Blocks are incredibly versatile. You can make anything with blocks. And you can use anything as blocks: books, cushions, even plastic food containers. Which make them the perfect toy choice for a home environment where space is at a premium.
So, what does your child learn from blocks?
Block play is all about eye-hand coordination and visual perception. Want to take it up a notch? Stack soft blocks or cushions as high as your preschooler can jump over them. Make an obstacle course or maze with blocks, and then knock a ping pong ball along the course with a golf club or clean fly swatter.
You can pattern blocks by shape or color. Blocks can be used as units of measure. It’s easy to see how a 6-block-high tower is taller than a 4-block-high one.
You can demonstrate levers and inclined planes with blocks. One of our favorite science experiments involved making different types of block buildings on a movable table and then creating an “earthquake”, observing which types of buildings sustained the least damage.
Write up traffic signs to use in a block neighborhood.
Blocks are perfect for dramatization and role play. You can create props by gluing pictures to blocks or cereal boxes. Issue a challenge such as building an airport or a dream house.
There is something so satisfying about the THUNK when you toss a block into its container. Set up a basket for each type of block and sort the blocks at the end of playtime for some great clean-up practice.
Rainbow Blocks 10Pc Set
Retails for $25.00
An adventure in color, light and sound! Indulge your child’s appetite for exploration by merging blocks together to form new colors and sounds, or stack the blocks in a different order each time to form new and exciting shapes. Eight blocks per package. 4 rectangle and 4 half moon shapes. Method of shipping is UPS Standard.Materials: Hardwood, acrylic, plastic beads (3012)
Retails for $32.00
An adventure in color, light and sound! Indulge your child’s appetite for exploration by merging blocks together to form new colors and sounds, or stack the blocks in a different order each time to form new and exciting shapes. Eight blocks per package. 4 rectangle and 4 half moon shapes. Method of shipping is UPS Standard.Materials: Hardwood, acrylic, sand (3014) FOR AGES 2+
Retails for $32.00
My take: If we had to pick a favorite I really don’t know if we could. The oldest one likes the Crystal Beads, the youngest one likes the Rainbow Blocks and I like the Sand Blocks. Put them all together and you have a hit no matter which block you use. Let’s start with the Rainbow Blocks- the rounded corners of each block makes this especially appealing to younger children along with the soft wood and if you put these blocks up to light the gentle colors will amaze toddlers. The Sand Blocks are my favorite because I can really teach my boys about inclines and full vs empty. I also enjoy the soft colors that come from these blocks when you hold them up to light. As for the Crystal Beads- if you are looking to make noise then these are the blocks for you. The different sizes are great to make a wide variety of shapes and buildings.
Let’s not forget about the physical therapist perspective- the hand eye coordination it takes to set these blocks up is wonderful. Add to the sensory component of soft wood, rounded corners and always changing interiors- it adds up to a great therapeutic tool.
Want to win all of these blocks for your own. Another great Guidecraft Educator at Busy Lil’ Hands is hosting the giveaway this month so hurry and check it out!
I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting.
I did receive product or services to keep for my testing purposes as part of the Guidecraft Educators