We bought our first set of Megabloks way back in 2004 when Ballerina was just a year old. Since our first Megabloks Classic 80 pc bag, almost eight years ago, we have run the gamut on Megabloks. We have the Megabloks Fill n Dump Wagon, and when Big Boy asked for the biggest truck in the world, Santa brought him the CAT large vehicle filled with Megabloks. My bigger children have graduated from the larger blocks to the more intricate pieces included in the Halo kits and the Dragon Universe sets.
Our Megabloks party was a huge success for my friends who have never used Megabloks though. They were impressed by the durability of the blocks and the versatility of the designs one is able to create from the Garden Friends or Jungle Friends bags. They absolutely loved the carrying bag, which is perfect for keeping the blocks in one place, carrying to Grandma’s house for play, and for little hands to help clean their play.
The children loved the bright colors of the pieces, and since every pre-schooler LOVES stickers, they each enjoyed decorating their own set of blocks! We had so much fun after putting our animals together making animal noises – each child chose his favorite and pretended to be the animal. It was a jungle in our house! My absolute favorite game of the day was one that I came up with spur-of-the-moment. I love Laurie Berkner’s music, and one of our favorite songs at our house is the one about having animals on your head. All of the children picked out an animal, and we sang, “MES has a zebra on her head; MES has a zebra on her head; MES has a zebra on her head, and she keeps it there all day! What does a zebra say?” And, of course, MES being MES, she made donkey noises! What a silly girl! Each child got a verse and got to make their very silly own noises.
After playing with our small sets, the children constructed their own sandwiches. Have you ever seen what a three-year old puts on a sandwich? The combinations are amazing, but each child ate all of her sandwich PLUS some – no matter how gross we adults thought the sandwich looked!
After lunch, the children loved playing with the Farm Megabloks. The boys were all vying for the tractor – anything that moves, right? I loved the cute farm animals and the attention to detail that the stickers provide. MES thought the most fun was building the barn with the doors so her animals would be safe. All of the children enjoyed seeing how tall a tower they could build, but what child doesn’t like to do that?
Finally, the MEGA-sundaes. A few parents said they would *share* their sundae with their children; that was unacceptable for our Mega-day! Each child got a scoop of ice cream and got to load it with sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate, strawberries, and cookies! YUM-MO!
My biggest surprise came when my two big kiddos came home. They might have had more fun building with the mega Megabloks than the pre-schoolers! They wanted the directions so they could build it just how they were supposed to. They combined the Garden Friends and had a whole community of animals in our living room! Six-year-old Big Boy has awakened every morning and gone straight for the Farm tub to build with the Megabloks.
Megabloks are a classic toy that is such a good value for the versatility and durability that the blocks provide and for an affordable price.
A parent can always tell that a party was a success when she walks in the room and finds this:
Sweet MEGA-dreams, MES!###
|Lauralee Saad loves homeschooling her three kiddos: Ballerina, age 8, Big Boy, age 6, and MESS, age 3. She enjoys sewing when she can find a spare corner to set up her machine and dig out fabrics, cooking and baking – especially if the kiddos are helping, and enjoying a good book after the kiddos have gone to bed. She is thrilled to be welcoming a baby girl into the family in March of 2012.|