Do you remember stickle bricks? I definitely had some when I was little… all those years ago! Little plastic shapes that you can stick together and stack, build and play with. Did you know that Stickle Bricks are still going strong and the next generation can enjoy building and learning with this classic toy? When we were offered the new Stickle Bricks Big Red Bucket to review I couldn’t refuse a chance to share Stickle Bricks with my children and revive some Stickle Brick memories of my own.
The bricks are so tactile, you just want to pick them up and then the building begins. I can vividly remember the feel of the bricks from my childhood. Each brick has little brush-like teeth and Cub (2 years old) seems to like running his fingers along the plastic teeth.
Stickle Bricks are easy to fit together or take apart and when we have been playing with them there has been lots of purposeful stacking and un-stacking, which Cub can do by himself. The set also comes with two heads, so you can make little people. Best of all there are two axels and four wheels, so you can construct cars, planes, robots on wheels… we even had a mobile sandwich at one point!
The bricks are fantastic for developing the small muscles in young children’s fingers and hands as they play and build with them. Finding out how to fit the bricks together and take them apart takes concentration and dexterity and helps children to develop their focus as well as their imagination.
From a parent’s points of view there are lots of different shapes in the Stickle Bricks Big Red Bucket and a good variety of bright colours. The pieces are all fairly large and robust, so they are easy for little hands to pick up and play with and there aren’t any small, fiddly, little pieces to worry about. The bricks have a lovely feel and Cub just wants to hold them and carry them around when he isn’t trying to build something.
The variety of bricks means that you can make almost anything: a garden of flowers; a robot; a giant sandwich; lollipops; cars and aeroplanes. We were particularly pleased to see four wheels in the Stickle Bricks Big Red Bucket. Having four wheels in the set means there are even more possibilities.
The Stickle Bricks Big Red Bucket from Flair is an ideal first construction toy for toddlers and one that I am sure we will continue to play with over and over again, for years to come.
Disclosure: We were sent a Stickle Bricks Big Red Bucket in order to complete the review. Images, words and opinions are all my own.