Building Blocks Technics from HABA
Sandy (nearly four) got his first set of building blocks when he turned one, and they've always been a favourite. First for mainly cutting teeth on, then for knocking over and finally for building with!
HABA's new Building Blocks Technics are like the traditional wooden blocks Sandy is used to but with a twist. Along with the different shaped blocks there are clamps to hold the bricks together, plus wheels and axles to use for building vehicles. This allows for more daring inventions and creative play.
Sandy took to the Technics system straight away, creating a truck and a milk tanker. The wheel clamps were a little tight at first but he was soon putting them on and pulling them off with ease. When Daddy joined in with the play the creations stepped up a gear. A bendy bus - that really did bend when it turned round corners, a train and finally with the addition of a couple of rubber bands a vehicle with a self-rotating propeller. A lesson in kinetic energy, nonetheless! As I left them to their physics experiments I heard Sandy declare that they were being scientists just like Nina (the CBeebies Nina being an obvious rival to the lesser known Albert Einstein!).
The blocks and pieces are of very good quality. Lovely sustainable beech wooden blocks and highly durable rubberised wheels and clamps – as tested by Betty, our eight month old daughter... Everything you would expect from a German toy!
The age range for the HABA Building Blocks Technics system is three to ten years and this is definitely a toy that I think will last both in terms of durability and appeal. HABA state that the range is designed to "help develop spatial awareness and even introduce the basics of physics, including gravity and dynamic forces". Watching Sandy play with the system I particularly like the creative challenge that this toy offers. Looking at the construction ideas and suggested test set-ups that come with the blocks I can see why German engineering is revered worldwide - they obviously start them young! And if you can learn through play and have some fun, why not?
The Building Blocks Technics range is available from Amazon:
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Discover the building blocks Technics - Large Basic Pack Vehicles