I was inspired by this family and their “Expedition America 2011″ trek with their two year old. I checked out their tips (and continue to do so) and the gear they are finding valuable for their sanity. While they don’t seem to have many toys for their son along with them (less is always more!) their thoughts on B. toys caught my eye.
I contacted the company to see if I would be able to also review some of their toys, and was delighted that they agreed! I am impressed with their colors and their “earthy” packaging first of all. And I love that this is part of their philosophy and what they want for kids:
We want to be a voice to children that says it’s okay to be curious, to be pensive, to be loud, to be happy and sad all at the same time, to be generous, to be afraid, to be quiet, to be wild, to be fun, to be open, to be scientific, to be poetic, to be giddy, to be serious, to be smart, to be free, to be you.
We were sent two different products: Bristle Block Spinaroos and Dr. Doctor (review on Dr. Doctor coming soon!).
J was SUPER excited about opening the Spinaroos and spent the next hour playing with them (pretty good for a 2.5 year old!) I must admit, I think the style of the toys is a little quirky, but I love that they require a lot of creativity and imagination. There is no “right way” to play with them.
They all fit in the box they came in (for easy storage) – I just don’t like that there isn’t a lid included. I would be much more inclined to take them on the road if there was one (…or I could just put them in a different storage container… )
J really likes the faces on the different pieces and is discovering now that they spin. Not a huge thing in building toys, but it makes them even more fun. They have become a favorite for kids visiting – it is always fun to see how each kid interprets them differently. Because of all the spaces between the “bristles” I don’t plan on taking this one outside (I can just imagine them being filled with dirt and sand very quickly.) However, I like them because of those different textures and the fact that there is not just one way to put them together. It is that creativity that I believe outdoor play fosters, and if we can’t be outside for long on those nasty days, this is a great alternative!