Mega Bloks Top Picks for Boys!
*Special thanks to Contributor Becky Leonard for this post. Her opinions may differ from that of Momma Lew’s.
This week, we had the opportunity build and play with the Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Race Set 8-in-1 and the SpongeBob SquarePants Invisible Boatmobile Rescue and we are hooked! Mega Bloks just may be a new mainstay in our home this holiday season.
There’s a lot to like about Mega Bloks. The blocks themselves are slightly wider than the other brands, making it a bit easier for smaller hands to utilize. This allows kids to take part in the building process with an adult (or on their own) without getting frustrated when snapping pieces into place and taking them apart. I noticed that even my almost 7-year old, who is a versed user of other building block brands, had an easier time pulling the pieces apart during the building process.
Each of these sets is approximately 300 pieces, so building does take some time. That said, for a younger child, having an adult actually do the building is strongly advised. Although I did the actual building of most the projects, my son was able to build parts of it on his own, following the pictures in the manual. He also followed along with the manual and was able to set aside the pieces that we needed for the next step – which was a HUGE help! My son also enjoyed helping by separating and grouping the build pieces by color and shape.
As with any large manufacturing production job that includes small pieces, the blocks are separated into at least 6 baggies of pieces. Some are separated by color, but for the most part the pieces were in mixed bags. Even with my son’s help, it still took a great deal of time to separate the pieces out and then to find what you needed, even with the well-detailed manual that included awesome pictures to guide the building process. Once built, both sets offer endless fun and opportunities for exploration and imagination!
The Mega Bloks Hot Wheels set allows you to build up to 8 mini race cars of varying types, styles and colors. Some builds are sportier than others and each maintains its own unique style. Although we did not do this, the pieces can be switched out with one another to make each car special – my son said he planned to switch out some of the pieces now that they were all built. These mini-cars are sturdy and can fly across any hard surface, making racing easy and fun! The ease by which these cars move given the fact that they are made of blocks is awesome! You can partner the Hot Wheels set with other Mega Bloks kits or any other kind of toy – the opportunities are endless!
The SpongeBob Square Pants set allows young builders to not only drive a crazy car with Patrick and SpongeBob and Plankton, but you can also launch and catch squids with the net that attaches to the back of SpongeBob’s car. Although my son’s not a huge fan of SpongeBob (although his parents are!), this feature was by far his favorite! He spent a great deal of time launching the squids across the floor while racing Patrick’s car around with the cars from the Hot Wheels set.
I could very much see young children 5 and up enjoying their time playing and imagining with Mega Bloks! This product is a great introduction to building and adds an imaginative aspect to it that kids enjoy!
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