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Review for Rainbow Sound Blocks

Rainbow Sound Blocks are aimed for young children between the ages of 2 and 6. This educational toy teaches shapes, colors, sound recognition as well as matching and sorting skills to children. Rainbow Sound Blocks include six hollow wooden blocks each covered with a colorful plastic window. Shapes are circles, squares and rectangles. Inside each wooden block, there are rattling beads of different sizes producing a unique sound as each block is shaken.

Review for Rainbow Sound Blocks

Children can enjoy playing with Rainbow Sound Blocks while involved in one of these three learning activities:

(1) Building Blocks: Babies and toddlers are able to stack up these blocks, mix them with other construction toys and enjoy playing with them as a building block set.

(2) Rattles: Babies and toddlers love making noises. Children enjoy the unique sound that comes out of these blocks when they shake them and carry them around.

(3) Play Shapes and Colors: Children are able to learn basic shapes and colors. They are able to look through each individual block and see objects in the color associated with the block itself.

 

Review for Rainbow Sound BlocksAn Educational Toy for Toddlers and Kindergarteners, But Not a Science Toy

Our experience with Rainbow Sound Blocks indicates that they make an excellent educational toy for any young children below the elementary school age. Rainbow Sound Blocks are mainly building blocks that rattle. Their main function is to entertain young children while teaching them basic shape, color and sound recognition skills.

If you are buying Rainbow Sound Blocks for a science class, you may get disappointed. Rainbow Sound Blocks are not meant to be used for science experiments. Color combinations do not display perfectly when blocks of different colors are put together. The sound that’s coming from small beads rattling inside the blocks is not tuned and not musical by any means.

 

Review for Rainbow Sound BlocksBenefits of Playing with Rainbow Sound Blocks

  • Improves hand-eye coordination skills
  • Promotes fine and gross motor skills in children
  • Teaches association skills through sounds, shapes and colors

 

Awards

This well-made educational toy is the winner of the Silver Practical Pre-School Award in 2006, and the National Parenting Publications Award in 2001

 

 

Five Rules for Playing with Blocks

boy playing with blocksBlocks are excellent learning tools that invite children to use their talents and become builders, designers and architects using their own minds and making their own creations. Playing with blocks has major impacts in intellectual development of children at any age. Here are the five important rules of playing with blocks that you should not ignore when playing with these educational toys.

Give kids freedom to play

Building blocks are classic toys for free and unstructured play. Blocks give children the opportunity to play freely without restricting guidelines. The #1 rule for playing with blocks is not to limit children in their act of play. Let children build what they want the way they want. Allow them to be creative and use their critical thinking skills to build new things that are not planned. Unstructured play fosters creativity and imaginative thinking in children. It allows them to explore new things and discover new abilities in themselves.

Let’s follow directions

Yes, we talked about the importance of unstructured play and giving children the freedom to play their ways. That doesn’t mean that there is no value in directive and structured play. Most building blocks come with working plans and diagrams showing children how to build certain structures like a house, a tower, a bridge or a ship. From time to time, let children follow these plans to build complex shapes and objects with guidance. Structured play helps children learn how to follow step by step instructions and how to plan their work to accomplish a particular task.

Let’s play together

Blocks are excellent educational toys for encouraging group construction projects in children’s activities. As often as possible, invite peers to play with your kids. Use blocks to start a construction project or a building competition. Try to utilize both structured and unstructured play guidelines. Group play teaches children how to interact with each other and help them develop important social and interpersonal skills. Playing with blocks when done in a group cultivates cooperative play and teamwork in children.

Don’t be a bystander

boy playing with blocksIt’s O.K. for parents and educators to participate in play activities with children. Playing cooperatively with children strengthens the bond and relationship between parents and children or teachers and students. Just make sure, you are not the one directing the play and doing all the work. Blocks are for children to play. Don’t let them be passive bystanders. Let children be active participants in the actual play process. Let them make decisions, perform the work and see the results.

You’ve got to be organized

Blocks come in a large number of pieces, sometimes tens, hundreds and even more! Blocks can easily cover the entire floor of your living room or your kids’ play area. Teach your kids to be neat and organized after the play is done. Have them put things back together in storage or a toy box and clean up the room after each play. Playing with blocks and the aftermath clean-up will teach children to be neat and help them develop important organizational skills.

 

 

Review for Wooden Building Blocks from CitiBlocs

Youth educators and child development specialists agree that building blocks should be the central part of play activities for children during the early childhood years. Building blocks are recognized to provide one of the most valuable learning experiences for young children known as creative play. Playing with building blocks motivate creative thinking in children as it enables them to plan ahead and use their imagination and problem solving skills to build things based on their own understanding.

Wooden Building Blocks from CitiBlocs Cool Color

200-Piece Cool Color CitiBlocs

Wooden Building Blocks from CitiBlocs Hot Color

200-Piece Hot Color CitiBlocs

CitiBlocs are High-Quality Wooden Building Blocks Designed to Encourage Creative Play in Children’s Activities

Learn To Play Toys offers a new line of creative toys from CitiBlocs, one of the well-recognized brands in the toy industry for providing high quality construction toys and creative play products. CitiBlocs are high quality wooden building blocks precisely cut from Grade “A” Radiata Pine Trees from certified renewable forests in New Zealand.

CitiBlocs consist of wood construction blocks that are of the same exact shape and size measuring approximately ¼ of an inch thick x 1 inch wide x 4 1/2 inches long. Although CitiBlocs are recommended for children above the age of three, there is no upper age limit for who can play with these creative toys. Everyone can participate. CitiBlocs provide parents and educators a great opportunity to take part in a meaningful play activity with children and students.

As you see in the video below, CitiBlocs are extremely easy to put together. They require no glue, no snaps or any other sort of connectors. Blocks are supported by their own weight. Students, kids and adults can use their creativity and sense of imagination to create anything from buildings, towers, and bridges to DNA models and complex geometric shapes. Players can either follow the pre-made sketches to start the construction or come up with their own construction plans. There are endless possibilities when it comes to playing with these building blocks. Each play can be different representing a fresh idea, a new design, and a creative strategy.

CitiBlocs are environmentally friendly toys. They are not chemically treated, are 100% made naturally from sustainable sources and are recognized as eco-friendly toy products for children. CitiBlocs are available in various quantities including 50, 100, 200 and 300-piece packages. They are also available in a number of colors including natural, cool, hot, CAMO and multi colors.

CitiBlocs make an ideal creative toy for home, schools, preschools, kindergartens and even colleges and universities. Children along with parents, teachers, principals and professors can all play with these construction blocks and have fun. CitiBlocs are suitable for both individual and group play activities. Kids can take on a challenge individually to create and build shapes and structures or can participate in cooperative building projects and work together to accomplish a constructive goal. This is a great way for kids to develop and enhance social and communication skills as they help each other every step of the way towards completion of the project.

The Bottom Line

CitiBlocs are great learning toys that encourage open-ended play opportunities for children. There are no limits to the number of ways one child can play with these creative toys. With CitiBlocs, children are able to direct the play themselves while enjoying hours of engaging and fun activities.

Pros

  • Requires no glue and no connectors
  • Encourages critical thinking and creative play
  • Encourages parent and teacher involvement in play activities
  • Made of non-toxic and natural wood
  • High quality cut with distinct shape and size

Cons

  • Blocks are available only in one size