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We own two sets of Mega Bloks; one which was bought for my eldest daughter (now fourteen) when she was a few months old, and the second set I purchased in Boots a couple of weeks back. The fact that we still have and play with the original set is all I really need to say about the durability of them, apart from the fact that for the past six years they've lived exclusively outside and are still in perfect nick! Brilliant.
Hang on, let me backtrack. For those of you who don't know (and I bet most of you do), Mega Bloks are basically Lego bricks for toddlers. They fit together in the same way and have the same basic shape, only a Mega Blok is about twenty times bigger - or maybe a bit more or less, I never was much good at dimensions in maths! They come in a variety of sizes from single-pegged Bloks up to huge six-pegged ones - we've even got a few on wheels which are obviously designed to be made into cars.
They're pretty standard in colour; red, green and blue mainly with the occasional yellow and black Bloks thrown in. I've looked for years for unusual coloured Mega Bloks, so if someone could point me in the right direction for pink or purple Bloks you'd get my undying gratitude! Sorry, had to get that ask in!
Mega Bloks are just fun. Me and all of the kids have spent hours making things with them; houses, trains, people or just towers - you name it, we've made it. Last year Hollie and Alice made a huge multi-coloured snowman from a mixture of Mega Bloks and Lego, it looked brill although didn't make it to Chrimbo as Hollie dismantled it to make something else! Admittedly these aren't as versatile as Lego, but for a toddlers clumsy hands the size and more rounded shape is perfect.
The Bloks are very easy to keep clean, even the ones which stay outside will come up spotless with a minimum of effort. They're sun faded, which is to be expected as this isn't strictly an outdoors toy. The Bloks have lasted brilliantly though, this set came in a decent size truck with wheels and a pulling handle so they're not strewn all over the garden - and filling the truck with warm water and washing up liquid is a way to clean they in a snidey way (ie. while Hollie thinks she's playing in the water!).
The 'indoors' set is perfect, comparing this brand spanking new bagged set of Mega Bloks to the 1996 version makes the older ones look almost retro in colour! Hollie's played with them everyday since I gave them to her so the Bloks were looking a bit grubby, to be fair she's not a particularly messy child so they're by no means filthy. Anyway, last night when she had a bath I chucked the Bloks in with her and dried them outside in the sun today - when I bought them in they were sparkly again
You can buy all sorts of different Mega Bloks sets, Hollie's nursery has a fab selection including a Thomas the Tank Engine one which I'm planning to buy Hollie for her birthday. The one I bought most recently is a 70-piece set which is in a flimsy plastic zip up bag (which won't last long), it was £15.32 which is a complete rip off considering I remember paying bang on fifteen quid for the set in 1996 which has double the pieces plus the large storage truck! That's inflation for you, the price hasn't gone up much but the size of the toy has shrunk.
I recommend Mega Bloks anyway, regardless of the price. You can choose a set that will best suit the personality and interests of your child (remember my plea for info on pink Mega Bloks!) and I can definitely vouch for their longevity. Our fourteen year old set has been played with constantly by my older children, and eventually David will start playing with them and the cycle will carry on - there aren't many toys I can say have lasted the test of time like that, in fact this is the only toy from any of the girls' babyhoods which still gets regular play time.
The recommended age is twelve months, which is frankly optimistic. At twelve months your baby will enjoy chewing a Mega Blok, then put them away again until said hungry toddler is around two and a half and can control their fingers (and attention spans!) for long enough to actually build something. Ours has never been away as there's always been a child of the right age to play with then, but not at one year - unless mummy or daddy are the ones having fun building!
My friend gave me a huge bag of Megablocks for my daughter as her son had outgrown them and this was fantastic for two reasons - one being that it was a really lovely gift, and the second being that it meant if my daughter wasn't keen on them it wouldn't be as disappointing as if I had been out and bought them for her. I had been thinking about getting her some blocks to play with as she didn't really have anything like that and when we would visit my friend she would quite often play with this kind of thing.
The set we were given had a large amount of blocks in there, and some have eyes, feet and hands which meant she could make some cool looking figures. Megablocks are made from a good strong plastic and they come in a range of sizes from a single block wide to blocks that are four wide which is great as your child will be able to come up with all kinds of creations! I really like how the blocks are quite chunky so there is absolutely no risk of the child putting them in their mouth and swallowing them, which can happen with other types of blocks. There are a range of colours in the Megablocks range and you will find the primary colours in there which I love as they are bright and also helps to teach the child colours. There are red, yellow, green, blue, orange and white, and even a new range with pinks and pale blues! (I say new, they may have been around a while but I have only just seen them for sale in Argos).
The recommended age for these blocks is 12 months + but I see no reason why a younger child can't play with them as long as they are suitable supervised. I would say that the blocks would last for a good few years, and one of my friends children are 5 and 6 and they still love to play with them.
When I gave the blocks to my daughter she was quite excited and couldn't wait to start building a tower so I left her to play for a while before I got down playing with her. It only took her about 10 minutes until she was fed up on her own so I helped her make a little figure with the picture blocks and that was about as much as she played with them in the building sense, she much preferred to split them into colour groups and count the blocks.
I was a little disappointed that she wasn't into the megablocks as much as I thought she would be as I think they are great for a childs imagination when they are thinking about all the different things they can make. It is safe to say that these definately aren't her favourite kind of thing to play with but she will sometimes get them out and have maybe half an hour with them before moving onto something else. I will keep them in her toy box and maybe when she gets older she may play with them more as I have seen them at the nursery where she will be attending after Christmas so that may bring a new interest in them.
I have previously worked in several nurseries and have found that the blocks are a real hit with most children so I would recommend them, its just not my daughters kind of thing.
You can pick up a 70 piece bag from Argos for £14.99 which is a good price for a start and if they are a hit you can add to them at any time. I like how they come in a plastic bag so they are easily stored and you know they are all kept together! The bag appears to be very strong, although ours don't come in and out of the bag all that often so I can't really comment on how durable it is.
I think I would give the mega blocks four out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
Oh how we like mega blocks in my house!
The first thing you notice is at the shop and that is the price. Priced about £30 for a bag of 200 blocks I felt this was a little bit steep. It is of course the first part of the "collection" most parents would buy and I definitely think Megabloks cash in on this. Many of the accesories are expensive too. I particularly like the fact that you can get a compatible table and wagon though priced averagely at £30 and £28 respectively.
Chuncky blocks allow small hands to manoeuver the blocks around comfortably and with confidence. They do provide much joy in my house building just really tall towers which I think is probably all that is needed at a young age.
They do help to develope hand-eye coordination. Being in a bag I have found that my son enjoys tipping them out and tidying up again which I suppose also aids the development of responsibility.
To build anything substantial I would think you would need a couple of these bags but for short attention spans the bright colours and speed in which something developes before you eyes is really great. Definitely one of my sons favourite toys and it is definitely helping us to learn our colours too.
My daughter always liked Mega Blocks buy they never won favour from me. For something so large they would often fall over easily and no stay together, they take up a lot of room and I was absolutely no good at playing with them with my daughter. I passed them on to someone else and for our next daughter we are going to buy stickle brinks instead as i feel they are much more versatile. Mega blocks just seemed to be 2 ordinary.
Mega Bloks are fantastic building blocks for those early years. Buy these and your little one could build many master pieces, my son has. When my son was a year old he was bought these blocks in a strong plastic bag to keep them in. The set we got had 120 pieces and not only came with the basic blocks but also had block feet, eyes and hands to make some funky monsters. When my son was two he was bought more to add to his collection and they are all now stored in a gaint yellow box the second set came in. They are still a firm favourite with my son at two and a half and come out to play most days. My 10 month old son has just started to take a shine to them now, much to the annoyance of my eldest!!
The blocks are made from strong plastic and come in a range of sizes a single block, two, three, four all in a row, two twos together and there is also 2 of the big blocks which are two fours together. They are the perfect size for any small child to hold in their hand and you have peace of mind they won't be able to swallow them. The smallest block is about 6cm high, 3cm wide and 3cm in depth. The blocks come in a range of bright colours. The first set we got there was blue, green, yellow, red, orange and white.
The blocks have an age range of 12 months plus and I think they will last my son a few more years . He certainly isn't growing out of them yet. They are suitable for boys and girls. You can get pink sets if you have a really girlie girl but I think the basic set is just as good to start off with.
Not only are the blocks great fun for children and adults I found them perfect to introduce colours with. When me and my son sit down to build together we often go through the colours we are using and counting how many blocks we have used. Using these blocks gets your child to use their imagination. I can say my son uses his imagination when it comes to building! You will see him in my recent profile pic with one of his best master pieces!
As I mentioned the first basic set we got came in a strong plastic bag with a zip. It was great for storing the pieces back in it. We got ours in and out for a year and the plastic never split. All I would say is your child may need a little help getting them to all fit back in the bag!
It looks like at the moment you can get an 80 piece bag for about £15. I would say they are well worth the money. You can build on your set all the time. I am planning on getting some of fun sets to add to ours for my second son this Christmas as he will be over one by then. My eldest has got hours of fun out of his so far and I imagine many hours are to come.
I love mega bloks with a passion as they are so hardwearing and robust and you can get endless hours of fun out of them. They are not one of them toys that gets played with then forgotten about. Even if my kids dont play with them them for a little bit I would never move them as my daughter would instantly start asking for the 'blocks'.
I first started off with a bag of them for my daughter when we had our son and when he got old enough to play I noticed he enjoyed them too so started looking at other mega bloks toys,one being the 3 in 1 build a town table.
Whenever we went to the doctors they had a small table like that one with blocks on and the kids loved it so thought that would be great.
Came in a very large box so thought would be massive but its a nice size and it actually has small legs on (for some reason I thought was kid table height but its sit on the floor height) Very easy to set up attatch legs and your done, it was the sticking the stickers on the bloks and table that was time consuming! It came with a car and a man and some normal bloks-singles and doubles and also some newer ones tower walls and roofs. The stickers could make the bloks look like windows and doors.
The top all opens up using a lock in the middle (my 3 year old still cannot open it) so you can store some bloks in there very useful!
The 'lid' is in 4 pieces and when all connected in it is a road for the car to go around.
My daughter has alot of fun building the walls and driving the car around and locking it in!
The table was from Argos £30 and I do think now it would have been better value for £15-20 but I think most Mega Bloks things are a bit expensive. I only think this as it is smaller then expected, the legs dont stay locked even though there meant to so if it is knocked when hoovering it collapses and it seems a bit flimsy bu it does hold the weight of my 18month old!
The Mega Bloks is a vibrant, educational toy designed to progress a young toddlers manual dexterity.
Unlike Lego, these blocks are big and easily seen, saving mum and dad time in tidying these up, and pain after standing on small pieces. However, Mega Bloks provide the endless hours of fun and entertainment to today's child as Lego did to last generations child.
Younger children will, at first, find delight in banging these blocks together before getting the hang of sticking them together. The bloks pull apart easily, although this is also a downfall as your child's creation can accidentally be destroyed by being knocked over or picked up.
The bloks have rounded corners, providing a satisfying safety aspect from a parents point of view.
Mega Bloks provide endless hours of fun and are a great introduction to building and construction, as well as matching colours, shapes and sizes. Overall, Mega Bloks is a great investment for any child.
This was one of the first Christmas presents i ever bought my Daughter. I always remember having a big blue tub of blocks as a child and playing with them for hours on end.
I purchased these Mega Bloks from Argos as they were very reasonably priced at just £11.95 for 70 blocks. I chose this bag as it stated clearly suitable for ages 1 and over and my Daughter was 9 months at the time.
The blocks come in a see through plastic carry bag with a handle so are brilliant for taking to play when visiting. The bag has a zip which isn't easy for children to open, which s good so they cannot tip them everywhere and lose the pieces.
Mega Bloks come in different shades of colour. One bag is made up of pink blocks only so aimed at girls but the one i chose was multi-coloured so suitable for all. I'm glad i did chose these colours as now i have a Son, he can also get plenty of use out of the blocks.
These blocks are educational because they encourage children to use their imagination by building different things and are also good for motor skills as children are constantly watching and handling the pieces. My Daughter has had so much fun with these blocks and even managed to build a castle with the help of her Daddy.
Mega bloks are brilliant. They are certainly worth the money as they get played with daily by my 2 year old. We bought some for her when she was around a year old and she has played with them every day since! They are such a classic toy which rely on imagination to make them come alive rather than all the electronic toys that do everything for the children these days. It's amazing how much my daughter has developed her building skills so quickly with these. They are big and chunky and perfect for little hands and I must admit, they are one of the things that I can join in for a fair while with her too! They do so many different things to go with these too like a fire engine, dump truck and piano. My daughter has the big box with lid that you can store all the Bloks inside and the lid is bumpy like the bloks so that you can build towers on it. Seriously worth buying for any little boy or girl. I can see them lasting for years yet. Also, because they are made from plastic, they are so easy to keep clean (I have even been known to put them in the dishwasher before now!!!) Most of the Mega Bloks come in plastic zip up bags so that they can be put away and stored easily.
I absolutely love mega bloks, I personally feel they can provide so much fun for children. They encourage children to use their imagination to make fun for themselves. All mega bloks vary in size and colours. The bigger sized mega bloks though are aimed for children 12months plus, this is what I bought for my twins for Christmas. I bought a Maxi bad in Early Learning Centre for just over £12, although you can buy the big bags in places such as Argos, Asda etc for roughly the same price.
The bag the mega bloks are stored in are brilliant for storage and keeping your place tidy when your child has finished with them. The bag zips up so not easy for your child to get into either which is a bonus. The bloks are not small enough for your little ones to choke on, but are a good chunky size for them to grab hold of and build away. On the bag are pictures of "models" made with mega bloks themselves, this is a good way to kick start your head as a parent really on what you can encourage your child to build. The bloks themselves are various colours and bright so extremely eyecatching and appealing to any parent or child really. They are so easy to stack on top of each other, and just as easy to pull apart. They are quite a sturdy plastic too so not easy to break which is good thing.
So far the £12 odd I spent on these has definitely been money well spent as they have provided hours of fun, literally for my twin boys. They have fun whether I sit and help them or not, if I do sit with them I tend to actually try build something, I did say try mind I don't succeed as my boys quite happily knock it all over. Which they find hilarious half the time.
They have definitely come in handy for when other kids come over too as there is so many blocks to play with it's one of them toys which they can actually all share without any fights. I will be keeping these even when the boys grow out of them and I buy them smaller size Mega Bloks or Lego instead. I will be keeping them either for my next brood or to pass down when more babies join the family as they are a must in any household. Both boys and girls can play with them. I definitely reccomend these to anybody with a little one, as they really do provide hours of fun.
Block toys have been coming in all brands and types since ages and I am sure most of us grew up playing these.
The biggest advantage of playing with these is that they encourage children with their deveopment skills, color recognition,
cognitive capacity and organizational skills. All this works extremely toward the growth of a human being.
I was used to the blocks manufactured by big name companies but recently I saw a pack of the Mega Blocks and promptly picked one for my son who is soon going to be a year old.
These blocks come in a fun plastic zip bag which makes it very easy to put them back after your child has played. Interestingly, my son finds even the plastic bag a great thing to play with. He usually just puts them in his mouth to chew beacuse he is teething but soon he is growing to learn that each one of these has a definite color and shape. I gifted these to my 3 year old nephew a few years ago and he used to enjoy blocking them away making all sorts of things that he would imagine.
I am sure my baby will also continue to use these , however not for chewing but building something.
These definitely induce the imagination power into your child. Must toys for every child.
I bought this recently for my daughter who is actually 3 years old. She is very much into lego and making and building things but I had a slight problem as lego pieces are too small as I have a 10 months old son too and he puts everything in his mouth. Therefore when I saw this product in woolworths I was very pleased as the blocks are quite big and can't be swallowed by a young child.
Mega Bloks comes in a large strong zip up bag which is great as everytime they play with it can easily be stored. It is quite expensive being £20 but I got it on sale in Woolworths for £15 and I think it is worth every penny.
You see there are some toys that kids play with for a moment and then they get bored and it's something that gets left behind in the toy box whereas this toy is not one of those. It is used practically every single day and it entertains both the kids, my daughter builds various buildings with it, sometimes towers, schools or libraries etc and my son is just amazed by all the different colours of the product.
My son currently has a set of Mega Bloks which were given to him a while ago as a gift from my Aunt. They are packaged in a translucent polythene bag with an easy zip opening at the top. Inside the bag are a total of 100 pieces. Each piece is brightly coloured and chunky with no small parts to be detached.
For the purposes of this review I have conducted an online search of the exact product in order to give an idea of price. However, I have found that the packaging appears to have now been re-designed and the quantity reduced somewhat. Amazon.co.uk currently stock what I believe to be the most current version of this product at £13.99, although this only entails 80 blocks and not the original 100. A smaller bag of just 24 blocks is also available at £11.20, so not a vast price difference for such a smaller amount.
My son adores these building blocks and has been using them under close supervision from the age of 7 months. The manufacturers recommended age for this product is 12 months and my son is almost 12 months now. These bricks are ideal for small hands. They are easy to grip and very easy to stack. However I have found that they sometimes fall apart a little too easily. Maybe this is for the purpose of young children de-constructing their creations.
Toys such as building blocks encourage imaginative and creative play which is such a great benefit for small minds. In addition, what makes them such an ideal toy is that they enable both you and your child to interact and play together. My husband and I will engage our son's interest with these just perfectly. We will create games for him such as building objects and allowing him to break them down, building a Mega Blok moat around him as he deconstructs it and creating enclosures from them encasing one of his toys for him to seek out. They are excellent fun for little ones and I hope that he will still have a healthy interest in them when he is a little older too.
Overall Mega Bloks are great family fun, perfect for young hands and minds and a great tool for parent and child interaction.
Mega Blocks have been around for years and years. They tend to basically be a starter set for young children which act as an introduction to Lego in later years.
There really is no lower age limit for Mage Blocks as the pieces are so big to start with that no baby will be able to fit any in their mouths.
My daughter was bought a pot of Mega blocks for Christmas last year when she was six months old. She couldn't do a lot with the blocks back then but look at the bright colours, but the best is yet to come.
Sets of Mega Blocks come in different sizes, shapes and themes. You can get sets targeted at girls featuring the Disney Princesses, sets for boys, featuring vehicles and set for both featuring Winnie the Pooh. The ideas go on and the possibilities are almost endless.
In our first set we received a Winnie the Pooh set which contained 30 pieces and cost £19.99. This sounds a lot but for this price for a one year old it was plenty. The set included lots of brightly coloured blocks available in different sizes, and there were also a couple of Winnie the Pooh figures which were able to connect to the blocks.
Constructing these blocks takes some patience for a one year old and we found that it wasn't before she was 15 months before she would actually attempt to put them together. Before this she would happily knock the tower down that we had built her.
The block themselves are mainly primary colours unless you buy a set containing pastel colours. Ours were bright greens and yellows which helps attract little people's attention. This is also a good ploy we found to be able to teach her her colours. We know she's not taking them in at the moment but it won't be long before she's pointing out the correct colour when we ask her for it, even if it is repetition on our part.
Building a simple tower with Mega Block will help towards their fine motor skill as they learn to connect two pieces together correctly.
As the children get a bit older you can progress onto smaller pieces of Mega Blocks. These will be approximately half the size of the first set we had, and will be a progression onto actual Lego when they are over three years old. The smaller blocks work in exactly the same way and come in all shapes and colours to help colour and shape matching, as well as tower building.
Personally I think that my partner has much more fun building these blocks than my daughter does knocking them down, but it's an activity they do together and they both enjoy so that's good enough to me.
The only down side I have found to having lots of Mega blocks in the house is the fact you have to clear them up at the end of the day. There is nothing my daughter likes more than to tip the whole box out at a time, scattering them across the lounge!
My little three year old boy loves playing and building with these blocks. I orginally got them for my eldest son when he was about two years old. I brought them from my local woolworths for a bag of of about 100 pieces for about £15.00. Since then they have been passed down now through all my children and it's been a bag of blocks that has been used over and over again.
These are lovely big bricks that are all different colours. They are also various sizes. They are great for little hands to learn co ordination and build towers or what ever they want. I have also encouraged my children to learn their colours whilst playing with these. As they are so big rather than the little tiny lego piece there are no worry about little one's putting them in their mouths and swallowing any pieces, and they are also really strong and durable so no need of worry of any pieces breaking. It's not just my little boy who plays with these but my older children often joins in to often build houses toys cars to drive in and out. It's a great way to get little one's imagination flowing when add these to other toys.
I would recommed these to any little one from the age of around one and a half to two years. It would make a good present for any young child.
These are still available to buy from many stores such as toys r us, woolworths and online shops like amamzon. They are around £15.00 - £20.00 depending on how many pieces there are in a pack.
These large, brightly-coloured building blocks with rounded corners aim to allow ytoung children to play consturtion games with ease.