Mid June and the “I’m bored” syndrome has already set in. It’s time to pull out toys that have been forgotten about. At one point in time building marble runs was what it was all about at our house. We have made them out of plastic, wood, paper, hot wheels tracks, legos, we even have the expensive Quadrilla set. But that fell by the wayside when Legos Star Wars took the main stage. Today it was time to pull out an oldie but goodie. Wooden blocks and marbles.
It’s a simple design, easy to set up yet the construction possibilities are endless. Addison had such lofty ambitions for this design that a few alphabet block reinforcements had to be called in.
Creativity, construction, building, problem solving and knocking down. Little boys and mommy agree…this is a great toy.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on June 21, 2012
‘Tis the season for toy shopping.
Addison has fallen in love with Hexbugs Nano. In the past we have had some Hexbugs (robotic cockroaches, spiders and various other insects). On their own they are just okay.
Leading up to his birthday he received and since collected a small city of Hexbug Nano Habitat sets. The Hexbug Nano are tiny Hexbugs, about an inch and a half long with rubbery centipede type legs. They get around by vibrating and their little rubber legs propel them quickly around a hard surface. Again, like the larger Hexbugs, on their own they are just okay. But put them into their little habitat and they come alive.
The great thing about the habitat sets is that the roads can be taken apart and reconfigured in endless possibilities. Addison’s favorite part is taking it all apart and discovering new ways to build their little roads.
These hexagon shaped interchanges have little doors that allow the bugs to pass through to continue on their path. The builder opens or closes the doors to let the bugs pass through to other roads. When they are in the hexagon they bump around the sides until they find an opening. It’s pretty amazing to watch them find the openings and continue on their way.
One of the sets is called a Nano Hive. It’s a two story little playground for the bugs to go up and down ramps, across a bridge, around merry-go-rounds and something that looks sort of like a teeter totter. I have to admit that watching these little bugs zoom around the hive I started to feel like they had a mind of their own. They seem to know where they are going.
Building and rebuilding this Hexbug city has provided hours of fun and strengthens problem solving skills. I love it because this toy stays at Grandmommy’s house so I don’t have to deal with it. We’ve got enough of a toy explosion going on here without adding another play set.
My son is 7 and this is very age appropriate for him. I can see a 6 year old enjoying it but 5 may be pushing it as far as putting the roads together without too much frustration. I would rate this toy for ages 6 and up. Hexbugs Nano Habitat gets an A+ from both kid and mommy.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on December 2, 2011