Now I'm sure I'm not the only one that has fond memories of Stickle Bricks from childhood.
Having been given the opportunity to review a set, I jumped at the chance to pass on this wonderfully imaginative creative toy to my children.
For those not familiar with them, Stickle Bricks are colourful building blocks, and shapes, for children aged 18+ months.
Each 'Brick' has an ingenious series of short, rounded pegs on each surface allowing it to stick firmly to another brick or shape. When the child has finished playing with their creation, the bricks can be broken apart and something new built, or returned to their box for next time.
Having been around since 1969, Stickle Bricks are firmly embedded in the happy memories of many children throughout the world, including mine as previously mentioned.
For our review, we were sent was the Stickle Bricks Big Red Bucket. This wonderful bucket contains a multitude of pieces allowing young minds to become creative. The shapes include rectangles, triangles, squares, discs, a large yellow flat base piece, axle mounted wheels and a couple of Stickle Brick 'Human Heads' allowing little Stickle Brick people to be created. The heads are a real winner as they mean the toy doesn't have to be just a thing (i.e a machine or building), but individuals children can create whole stories with. This in turn means whole families and townships and adventures could be produced should the child choose to do so!
Both Tyne and Noah were immediately impressed with this creative toy and were able to fully comprehend what is required to construct creations of their own without instruction from any adult. Sailor, our youngest child has great fun emptying the bucket before trying to sort the shapes and popping them back in to the bucket via the fun shape sorting lid. This lid is a really neat feature which is great in promoting dexterity and had-eye coordination.
Due to the nature of their design, Stickle Bricks are the perfect construction toy for babies and toddlers. The bricks, all in delightful primary colours, are very easy to put together and pull apart again with no fuss or force being required to do so. By utilising the pegs, children can really go to town with what they build. Cars, Towers, Farm Houses, you name it, they'll be able to build it.
As the bricks are very much a hands on toy, children's had-eye coordination development improves as well as their manual dexterity and fine motor skills. Another win for Stickle Bricks!
Stickle Bricks were a firm favourite from my childhood that have certainly stood the test of time and already seem set to become a firm favourite of my children's childhoods.
The Stickle Bricks Big Read Bucket is currently priced at £19.99 and is available from a number out online and high street retail stores, to find out more please visit www.flairplc.co.uk