UNBOXED: Reviewing the Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders
STEM learning toys have become a major trend in recent years with different options for all ages. Our recent visit to the Toy Fair always unearths some of exciting new developments in this sector, and this year, we were lucky enough to try one out.
The Blockaroos set arrived in a bright, colorful package that felt extremely light. When I brought the box home, my two-year-old was immediately drawn to it and was anxious to see what was inside. The box is definitely a lot bigger than it needs to be with the pieces filling up maybe ¼ of the entire thing. Initially, I thought to myself, “that’s it?” but once I dumped all the pieces out and started playing around with them, I realized quickly that I was wrong.
The soft, foam pieces include:
- Two Wings
- One Critter Head
- One Buddy (two pieces)
- Two Spheres
- Five Caps
- Five Elbows
The front of the box shows a “Critter” and a “Buddy” that can be made with the 17 pieces in the set, but the options for creativity are virtually endless. The magnets are housed in a round, plastic encasing on the end of every Blockaroo. The spheres have five magnets, the elbows have two, and the wings, critter head, buddy, and caps all have one. When they’re connected, the pieces can be spun for a satisfying, sensory-building clicking noise.
As I was putting together the Critter, I realized how strong the magnets were. The tiny magnets inside each piece started to pull together and rise up from their encasing as I put them close to one another. It seemed like such a fun way to teach kids exactly how magnets work. After connecting them, the pieces stayed together firmly, but weren’t so strong that a child couldn’t pull them apart.
The Critter and Buddy took me about a minute to make, and then I let my son play around with the Blockaroos under my supervision. The age range says 3+ and the pieces themselves aren’t a choking hazard, but there is a small risk that the magnets could get loose and fall out. The booklet provides detailed instructions about checking the parts, ensuring there is no debris caught inside, and how to wash everything.
The booklet also shows pictures of how versatile the Blockaroos are and how much you can build out your collection. All of the pieces to each set are bath-friendly and float in water. You can collect different Blockaroos and create all kinds of things like a flower, rocket ship, castle, and more. Three of the sets sold on Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Blockaroo-Magnetic-Foam-Building-Blocks/dp/B084JCLB7G/?th=1 retail for $20 while larger ones are listed at $30 and $50.
Overall, I think Blockaroos are a cost-friendly toy that kids won’t get tired of since there are so many possibilities for what they can create. They also make a great alternative to toys with sounds and lights that require batteries. Blockaroos are all about imagination and learning--a welcoming change of pace for parents everyone.