My little guy just turned one and there was no better way to celebrate than with a Mega Bloks First Builders Party! Mega Bloks sent out a fantastic party package that included a Play’n Go Wagon, Tiny ‘n Tuff Race ‘n Chase Rig, and an assortment of 10 Mega Bloks First Builders ABC Spell! and 1-2-3 Count! Blocks.
They also included in my package a variety of themed activities, recipes and games. We used some of the ideas but kids will be kids and they made their own games up as they went along!
We had kids of all ages, the youngest being a year old and the oldest was 12. We were worried that some of the older kids would be bored but they had just as much fun with the Mega Bloks as the smaller kids.
The smaller kids absolutely loved the Mega Bloks Play ‘n Go Wagon. It carted blocks from one end of the house to the other. It also hauled around a small stuffed animals and other assorted toys.
Wanting to include the kids of all ages, I brought out some of the bloks that we already owned. We combined all the sets to have a giant “Construction” party.
In preparation to build the castle the kids had used the ABC Spell and 1-2-3 Count block sets and combined them with the Meg Bloks Tool Bench to build a giant workspace.
Even the older “kids” couldn’t wait to get in on the action. Once the workbench was set up, everyone went to work to build the castle.
The wagon certain earned it’s wheels. It hauled blocks around and when it wasn’t enough the Tiny n’ Tuff Race n’ Chase Rig was called in to help save the day. The truck came with two cars that you could build. While the girls were busy building the castle the boys were in the hallway racing and crashing the cars.
Not to be outdone by the girls the boys came in to add the finishing touches. Armed with flags and construction hats they completed the castle.
Wondering what they did with the ABC and 123 Blocks? They used them as the password code to enter the castle. You can see some of them on the left hand side of the castle.
The younger girls also trucked the smaller blocks into the castle to make beds and chairs inside the castle for their stuffed animals.
While the boys were finishing off the castle, the younger kids went into the living room and we played find the letter or number with the bloks.
If you look really closely in the castle you can see the password keeper hiding inside!
One of the best parts about having a Mega Bloks party was that I didn’t have to worry about the kids hurting themselves. My little guy who just turned 1 was able to play and have just as much fun with the blocks as the older children. We removed the table from the dining area and let the kids have complete control of that room while the adults were in the next room having a great chat without having to worry about the kids.
The blocks encouraged such creative play! I had other games planned with the blocks but the kids were more interested in designing the most “perfect castle” and creating secret passwords that we hardly played any of the planned games. My daughter always has a hard time sharing and other than not wanting to let go of the wagon she was able to share with the other kids, in fact she was asking them to help so that they could build it bigger and bigger, “all the way to the moon”.
Even a week later the blocks haven’t lost their fun. I’m constantly tripping over the wagon because she has it with her most of the time and if she doesn’t have it my son is pushing it around making vroom vroom noises!
My only complaint about the Mega Bloks is that they are hard to store. Simply because of the shear size and number of the blocks they do take up a large portion of the toy room. I love that they are so easy to clean. If one of the kids has a cold, I can just toss them in the dishwasher to disinfect them. The blocks are incredibly durable. Even after stepping on a few of them they didn’t crack. They truck and wagon were very durable. I have to admit that the kids were not the most gentle with them. One of the kids went for a ride in the wagon and the truck was crashed and smashed more times than we could count but even after all that abuse the toys stood strong and sturdy!
I would recommend Mega Bloks to anyone with small children. They are easy for the kids to grasp and you can do so many unexpected things with them besides building. You can teach the alphabet, counting and even colours! Mega Bloks should be on everyone’s list for Christmas!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Princess MegaBloks package from Mommy Parties at no cost for the purpose of this review and to host a party. No other compensation was received.