Creative play is really a really important part of the day. Giving your child the opportunity to use their hands and brain to create something is so vital to their development. We have lots of fun time drawing and making a mess. But we have the most fun building towers, bridges – anything and everything with our Mega Bloks.
We were given a set of Mega Bloks as a gift for our sons first birthday. The set (the Deluxe Building Bag)has a range of blocks, from large to small, and certainly enough blocks to build several small or one large structure. He has had fun playing with them since he got them, and his older friends seem equally as interested in them. I can see us playing with them well up to and beyond his fifth birthday.
The concept is very similar to Lego – the blocks simply stack together. In our set, all the pieces are fairly generic – I like this as it allows us to build anything, rather than having a set of blocks that only really builds one item (that said, the Mega Bloks First Builders Fast Tracks Rescue Team looks like a lot of fun).
The blocks are a good size for a small child to manipulate, with none of them being too large or small for little hands. I think they have really helped develop his fine motor skills. They are also nice and colourful, with a mixture of yellow, red, green and blue pieces to choose from. Other packs have other colours, you can find them on Amazon. We love the mix of primary colours, but they also come in a variety of shades – including this fetching pink set.
If you are worried about mess – don’t. The blocks come in a nice storage bag which zips up to keep them all together when not in use.
We were also lucky enough to be given the Sonny Schoolbus as well which gives us something nice to drive through all the tunnels we create!
We don’t just make tunnels though. Here’s some of the awesome things we’ve made:
- Towers (one almost touching the ceiling!)
- Train depot
- Spaceship / Aeroplane
The blocks really are quite versatile!
We also have a few bits of Duplo. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Duplo and Mega Bloks can be combined. A single mega block fits neatly into a 2×2 Duplo block! As our Duplo set had a lot of train parts, we often use these as wheels for the bottom of a Mega Bloks creation.
Summary – Mega Bloks review
I grew up loving Lego, and I look forward to the day when my little one is old enough to play safely with it. Until then, Mega Bloks fulfil a similar role in our play, and allow for a lot of creative building and destruction!