When children build with blocks, they are developing control of the small muscles of the fingers and hands. Perceptions of size, weight, and shape are developing and language skills are growing as the kids discuss what they are building. Cooperation and planning among children develop as they work together toward a common goal. Simply said, building with blocks is a great activity for development and fun!
I want to introduce you to a new set of blocks from LeapFrog. LeapBuilders look like a larger size of Legos, perfectly sized for the younger builder (ages 2+ and up). But, they are smart blocks!
"By combining technology and interactive curriculum-based learning content, LeapBuilders inspires creativity through fun playsets like the ABC Smart House™, Food Fun Family Farm™ and Shapes & Music Castle™. LeapBuilders playsets come with a Smart Star™ cube that responds with educational songs and learning content when the blocks are inserted into the interactive cube. All blocks from other LeapBuilders sets work interchangeably to create an immersive playtime experience."
LeapBuilders ABC Smart House - 61-piece house-themed block set - MSRP $39.99
LeapBuilders Food Fun Family Farm - 50-piece farm-themed block set - MSRP $34.99
LeapBuilders Shapes & Music Castle - 30-piece castle-themed block set - MSRP $24.99
LeapBuilders Jumbo Blocks Box - 81-piece blocks - MSRP $19.99
I had the opportunity to sample and play with LeapBuilders Soar & Zoom Vehicles. This set has 22 pieces, with 16 building pieces and 6 learning blocks. The plastic blocks are colorful, easy to grip, and promotes creative play. Included are picture cards showing the child how to make a helicopter, truck, race car, supercar, boat, and train. This gives gentle instruction, although the child can make any creation he/she wants. $9.99 on amazon.com
Learn more about these building sets HERE.
The sets are also available on Amazon -- Check this LINK
Add a motor mat to make this type of imaginative pretend play with vehicles fun. You can buy one on Amazon.com (see HERE)
OR make a homemade version:
- Take a piece of vinyl or plastic dropcloth.
- After sketching your road plan, lay down the roads using black electrical tape. Use yellow tape strips to create divided roads.
- Blue adhesive paper is perfect for ponds, lakes, of any body of water.
- Green adhesive paper will make lawns, parks, golf courses, etc.
- Draw buildings with permanent markers.
- Once the mat is complete, bring out small vehicles and people pieces to partake in city pretend play.
Enjoy spending time with your kiddos building with blocks and playing with vehicles. Play is valuable; it teaches our youngsters about their world.
I want to thank this company for the opportunity to review this building toy. I was not paid or coached to write this blog post. The information about the product was provided and these are my own opinions.
Photos courtesy of:
Tania Cowling, all rights reserved