Bristle Block Spinaroos by B. Toys Review


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!

Love that they won all these awards:
• Creative Child 2010 Preferred Choice Award • Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) First Place Award and Seal of Approval • Parents’ Choice Awards—Silver Honors • Highly rated by Able Play™ for children with special needs

Even with no lid included, these will accompany us on our upcoming road trip.  The bright colors and textures intrigue  P too. :)

You can find Bristle Block Spinaroos (and all B. toys) on their website, justb-byou.com, and Target


B. Toys sent this Bristle Block Spinaroos set to us free of charge for this review.  However, as always, the thoughts expressed here are entirely and honestly my own.

Amelia lives with her husband and three young children in Yellowstone National Park. As a family, they believe that life is precious, short and should be lived to the fullest. That includes introducing a life of adventures for their boys in the form of skiing, hiking, biking, running, camping and lots of outdoor playing. Amelia writes at Tales of a Mountain Mama in an attempt to inspire others to get outside daily too with tips and tricks, stories and lots of gear reviews.

Comments

  1. Great site! Great review! Do you know if these are available in Target stores and if so what the price is? I dont’ see them available online.

  2. Weird, I can’t find them on Target right now either…. but they are at Amazon for $34.99. Here’s the link! http://www.amazon.com/B-68623-Spinaroos/dp/B002YIV1AE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323807020&sr=8-1 They are awesome!!!

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