Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mega Bloks Review: Mega Bloks Family Club and Blok Squad Construction Unit Mission

H&R are finally both in school five days a week! Yippee! H is in afternoon kinder and R alternates between morning and afternoon during the week so Baby E has more awake time to play with mama. The middle child really does get the short end of the stick. I wasn't able to play one on one with R very much because either H was around or R was sleeping since H was going to school during the morning nap time. But I want to make sure I get it right for Baby E since she's my last! I want to play all the baby games with her and gives her toys that are right for her developmental stage. One place I've discovered online that has exactly that kind of information is the Mega Bloks Family Club.

I really like all the information the site provides about the different kinds of developmental benefits of toys to see how you can help your child grow and mature. I know there is a reason behind how toys are designed and it's nice to be able to see it laid out in a straightforward manner. Yes, there are Mega Bloks toys associated with each trait, but you can easily see how the category would apply to other toys as well. The site also gives information on what milestones your child will be hitting so you know what to expect and how to play with your child. 

Through the Mega Bloks Family Club, you can also get exclusive offers, contests, sweepstakes and promotions on Mega Bloks toys, find information on new Mega Bloks toys for kids ages 1 to 6, and discover educational and informative blogs by a leading panel of five mom bloggers with articles on the every day triumphs of being a mom. I really like the weekly build they suggest for your child so s/he has something new to work on with their blocks.

Recently, the boys and I had the opportunity to review Mega Bloks' Blok Squad Construction Unit Mission. Blok Squad buildable playsets introduce kids to everyday heroes with themes such as fire patrol, police and construction. What made me sign up to review this product was the fact that there were so many pieces in the kit. The Blok Squad Construction Unit Mission features 218 pieces, including two vehicles (4x4 and Front Loader) and figures for approximately $10. A similar kit from the other leading building block manufacturer costs three times as much!

Blok Squad Construction Unit Mission allows kids to build new building and roads, and clean up accidents in Bloktropolis. Kids can play with the completed vehicles by driving down to a construction zone with their Blok Squad Construction Worker and set up the 4x4 with its hazard lights blinking to warn other drivers to slow down! The kit says that it is intended for ages 5 and up, and this was right on target because H and Stewart were able to build and get more fun out of it than R. The end result was predictable, though, R fought H for the vehicle H had created. Right now H is at school so R is playing with it without fear of H "getting him." Thanks to Mega Bloks for a fun activity for the boys. It's Mission Possible!

I did not receive compensation for this post. I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

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