Blocks. No matter how high-tech toys become, kids still seem to be drawn to the simple things — like blocks. I played with blocks growing up. My sister and I built churches and houses for our Fisher Price Little People with them. My own girls loved creating complex designs with blocks, too.
Well, blocks are still around. And some have even become high-tech! Enter IO Blocks by Guidecraft. Each set of these blocks consists of 12 unique plastic shapes in 6 colors. They connect with a secure, adjustable friction fit and feature soft-touch plastic with a special matte finish. The open-ended building possibilities and problem solving, puzzle-like qualities make IO Blocks a great fit for educators and parents interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skill development (note — my kids hear about STEM all the time at school, yet several at my party had not. Is the acronym familiar to you?).
So, thanks to Tryazon and IO Blocks, I hosted a little get-together to see how kids would enjoy these blocks.
They had a lot of fun with them! As kids usually do, they began by creating on their own. I learned pretty fast as a teacher that you should always give kids time at first to just explore new toys or gizmos. Let’s face it — we would all like to do that, rather than immediately being told what to do.
Then, we began exploring the IO Blocks app. This part wasn’t all that intuitive to me, so I had my teenage daughter take over.
They found the app “really neat” in the way it helped bring the blocks to life. Here’s a video showing how the app works, for all you techies:
We ended up with a neat zoo full of colorful animals! But that’s just the beginning of what kids can create with IO Blocks — they can also make vehicles, robots, and so much more.
As a mom and as a teacher, I recommend these blocks. I love toys that foster creative play, and these definitely do!
You can buy IOBlocks directly from the manufacturer, Guidecraft. They’re also available at Walmart and Amazon.
Did you play with blocks as a child? Did your kids?