When it comes to toys for kids, parents are always on the lookout for the ones that claim to be ‘educational’ in addition to being fun. Sadly, we all know that many such toys don’t live up to that claim. On the rare occasion when a toy comes close to hitting the mark, we want to make sure to share our excitement with our readers as well. We are talking about the wonderful, patented building block sets from the good folks at E-Blox. Some may remember our first introduction to one of their fascinating toy sets a few months back: the pArts Starter Set. Since then we have been fans of the company and when we had a chance to try out another one of their products, the E-Blox Stories – The Island, we jumped at it with both feet.
For those of you who are new to E-Blox, the company is a newcomer in the toys arena (started in 2016) and their construction toy kits use a patented technology of tin plated blocks that connect electrical component blocks to a battery block enabling kids to create 3-dimensional circuits that light whatever they build, with no wires. Think your regular old building blocks, but with added lights and sound. Their products have already won a few industry awards for bringing innovation to the construction set category by introducing multiple concepts from the STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The E-Blox Stories toy sets go one step further from STEM to STREAM, adding reading and arts into the mix. The E-Blox Stories – The Island set is based on a chapter in the novelette ‘Earth One’, describing various adventures that kids can immerse themselves into. The storybook includes QR codes that create an interactive learning environment using online resources. As soon as the box was open our kids were hooked on to the familiar appearance of the blocks that they were used to, but with the shiny connector pieces especially standing out. The instructions were relatively easy to follow (though there might have been some calls for parental assistance for assembling this 8+ targeted kit) and we very quickly had a boat assembled, followed by a dog. The set does require a 9V battery which is not included, something that can cause a delay in getting the electronics to work. We had kept the wow factor of the electric circuits, and lights, from the kids until the set was complete and boy they sure were wowed when the lights were turned on. Whenever you have your kids step back and actually say ‘wow’ about a toy, that sure sounds like a keeper. While we haven’t tried it yet, it seems that the E-Blox blocks may work with existing blocks sets you may have lying around the house (the ones that rhyme with Pego), which does sound like opening up a whole new world of experimentation that is waiting to be explored.
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Product received, thank you to the E-Blox as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.