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Before a child turns three it can be difficult to buy age appropriate toys for them as most state that they are not suitable for under threes. I am always on the look out for new toys for our daughter but they have to be fairly hardy as she is a destruction machine! I noticed some shrink wrapped toys that were cheap and looked interesting but most importantly I recognised the Playskool brand and decided to buy a couple to see what they were like.
What are they?
The Playskool blocksters come in circular, square and triangular shapes and are ideal for stacking but each block is an individual toy on its own. The shapes are hinged and open to reveal a surprise inside. We now own four blocksters: the giraffe, zebra, duck and mouse.
I actually discovered you can buy a whole set of these on Amazon for around £20 and they come with a carry case too but mine were sold individually for some reason (probably as clearance stock).
Each toy came shrink wrapped with a cardboard wrap around that actually told you very little information, other than that these toys are safe for 9m +. And a bit of blurb in several languages advertising the Playskool brand!
The mouse: blue and round with hinged lid. Inside is a mouse popping its head through a floorboard and you press its head down and it makes a squeaky noise. Picture of cartoon style cheese in the lid.
The Zebra: Triangle with two hinges so it flaps open. The zebra is a little toy that rustles when you move it inside but doesn't seem to do much. Pictured in a jungle scene.
The duck: Yellow square with double hinge so lid flaps back and front flips down. Duck is square inside and sort of rattles when you shake the whole thing. Duck is also on a spring so presses up and down but for no reason I can ascertain.
The giraffe: Square block with a cuboid style yellow giraffe inside, the giraffe has a telescopic neck so if you pull it, it extends a few centimetres.
I think this toy is suitable for boys and girls. These blocks are great for slipping in the bag to entertain our daughter when she is sat still when we are out and she is bored. Each one is different and very well made and hard to break. I spent ages trying to find out what other features these toys have, as there are two screws underneath that looked like battery panels. But they weren't!
Price and availability
As I mentioned, the full set are on Amazon which include a carry case but if you only wanted a couple, then head to Poundland where I found mine. For a quid they are good value for money, branded and would make a nice present to an infant.
I don't think these toys keep little ones entertained for a long amount of time but they are well made and sturdy enough to keep, use and pass on for others to enjoy when they are at this awkward and possibly destructive stage. It's a good way to teach animal names and noises and they do forget what is inside each one so it's a surprise every time! After I bought the first two I did go back and get a couple more to placate a screaming child whilst in town. Cheap and cheerful at least.