About a month ago now I received a surprise package from Little Cool Toys full of goodies for my girls. In it was a lovely wee Maileg mouse, which unfortunately my daughter promptly lost, and a delightful set of BoiKido Blocks. The blocks were set aside and later placed under the tree as a gift from Santa to Rocket.
Both of the girls are enchanted with these blocks. In the two weeks since they were opened on Christmas, they had been played with every day. The suggested age on the box says 24 months, so at 10 months I realize Rocket is probably a bit young for these. Still, she seems to enjoy them. She loves knocking down the elaborate structures her older sister builds. She likes to stack one or two pieces atop one another. She likes to bang them together and to wave them in the air wildly.
They are really the cutest building blocks I’ve ever seen. The bright colourful patterns painted on each piece are adorable. There are bridges covered in multi-coloured polka dots. There is a rounded cone piece with a swirl painted on it. Wee blocks painted in primary colours with stairs and curtained windows painted on the sides. Tapered blocks painted to look like tree trunks. A rounded block designed to look like a tree top. Triangular shaped pieces painted to look like roofs and shingles. A little white cloud shaped block, complete with painted on rain drops. A double-sided sunshine. Then there are rectangles with creatures painted on them, a cat, a cow, a mouse, each with a front and a back.
|Rainbow is loving these blocks!|
My husband pointed out that the sizes and shapes are irregular. The pieces are of differing heights. You can’t just make a cube out of them. He found this a little frustrating for trying to create buildings. The girls didn’t seem to notice.
The bright colours and different designs open up many ideas for imaginative play. Rainbow loves to make little towns full of houses and skyscrapers. She makes castles topped off with clouds. She carefully arranges a triangular roof piece with a rectangular airplane flying overhead. These blocks are so much fun to play with! They are a blast to play with on their own, but I think they would also make a lovely accompaniment to a set a of plain wooden blocks.
Another thing I love about these is the cloth drawstring bag they came with. The baby really enjoys pulling the blocks out one by one. When they’re done playing, the girls actually find it fun to clean the blocks up and put them back in the bag.
I had some reservations as to how these were going to hold up. The painted wooden pieces certainly look lovely but I worried that the paint would quickly chip away. These blocks have seen active play every day for the last two weeks. They have been banged together and knocked around on my hardwood floors, then tossed together back in their bag. Yet, they still look fantastic. There are a few light dents in the wood from where they have banged together, but no noticeable paint loss. I’m really impressed with how they are holding up.
|A toy the girls actually play with together.|
Overall I would definitely recommend these blocks. They retail for $32.99 which I think is a steal. ( I was looking at some similar painted style blocks when shopping around for Christmas, and they all seemed to start at $50 and up.) You can find these blocks, and many other fine playthings, online at Little Cool Toys.
EDIT: I later revisted this item. I would no longer recommend these blocks. Check out my review recap here to discover how this item did over the long haul.
EDIT: Unfortunately Little Cool Toys has closed up shop. As the website is no longer active I’ve removed any links headed to it from this post.