It’s hard to believe, but our love affair with B. Toys began almost 3 years ago. The munchkin and I were out for a walk when we decided to drop by Target and in the toy section I saw the most adorable set of cars called “Wheeee-Is!” The munchkin was instantly hooked and me? Well, it’s hard for a mom not to like toys that are thoughtfully made, safe and cute! So when I heard from B. Toys a few weeks ago and they asked if we wanted to review a few of their toys, I totally jumped at the chance.
Bristle Block Spinaroos
When the B. Toys box arrived I wasn’t sure what would be inside but I knew the toys would be fun and unique. The item that immediately caught the munchkin’s eye was a box Bristle Block Spinaroos. These things are cool. They’re essentially building blocks that you stick together with bristles on each end, but they come in an assortment of unusual shapes. There’s a whopping 75 pieces in the set and they range from tripods and handles, to squares and rectangles, to decorative tiles and even little blocks with faces on them. (I think the faces look like lions, but the munchkin insists they are aliens.)
The first photo in this post shows a spaceship that the munchkin built this afternoon. There are enough pieces in the set for him to make a little fleet of different spaceships, which then zoom around the living room picking up aliens. (Yes, those are aliens in the picture directly above.) These ships really come to life because the tripods have a spinning top that allows the vehicles to rotate.
I especially like how the Spinaroos encourage the munchkin to practice his fine motor and analytical skills. In order to attach the blocks to each other you have to line up a single row of bristles with a double row, so when assembling something he needs to consider how many rows each end of the block has, then manipulate the bristles into place. He has a lot of fun playing with these and, in addition to ships, has built everything from flower gardens to dinosaurs. That’s another great thing about the Spinaroos – they stimulate the imagination!
The Bristle Block Spinaroos are for ages 2 to 6. You can learn more about them on the B. Toys website and can buy them at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com. If you ask me, they’d be a fantastic addition to your building block collection!
Piccolo Carousel Bells
At first I was a little hesitant to let the munchkin have a set of bells. You know what I mean right? But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that these bells actually sound, well, very nice! (You can hear a sample of their chimes on the B. Toys website.) Each bell has been tuned C to C scale and makes a pretty, clear note when rung. Perhaps the coolest aspect of this toy is that the blue handle in the middle can be used to spin the bells around the base. Then you can use the little mallet to ring the bells as they whiz by!
For older kids the Piccolo Bells come with a song sheet that includes the color-coded notes to “Wheels on the Bus,” Old MacDonalad Had a Farm,” “Classical Minuet,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “Los Pollitos Dicen,” “Frere Jacques” and “Arpeggio.” The munchkin loves seeing my husband and I play some of his favorite songs on the bells and has even given it a go himself. He’s not quite there yet when it comes to “reading” the colors on the chart, but he enjoys trying and will be there soon enough. :)
The Piccolo Carousel Bells are for ages 3 to 13. You can learn more about them on the B. Toys website and buy them at Target.com or Amazon.com. If you’re looking for a pretty (and sweet sounding) bell set, the Piccolo Carousel Bells might be the ticket.
And now we come to the toys that started it all: Wheeee-Is! The cars you see above are actually the ones that I originally bought for the munchkin nearly 3 years ago. Aren’t they in great shape? He loved them as a baby and still plays with them as a preschooler. Each chunky vehicle fits perfectly in little hands and will zoom across the room when wound up by pulling the car backwards on the floor. The cars come in a set of four and we like them so much that I’ve given them as gifts on more than one occasion. :)
Wheeee-Is are intended for kids ages 1 to 4. You can learn more about them on the B. Toys website or find them at Target.com. And! Guess what? One of the items we received from B. Toys for this review was a set of Wheeee-Is!. Since we already have them, I decided a giveaway was just the thing. :)
Giveaway! Win a Set of Wheeee-Is!
B. Toys sent us a brand new set of Wheeee-Is! but since we already have (and love) these cars we thought we’d send them to one of you! You can win a set of Wheeee-Is! using the Rafflecopter entry form below. Since I’m shipping these myself this giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United States.
The giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 28th. The winner’s name will be announced below via Rafflecopter.