I don’t know about your children but, when it comes to mine, there is no toy on this planet quite as much fun as a cardboard box. It doesn’t matter what we buy them, or how much money we spend, the cardboard box that it came in will hold their attention for far longer than the item inside. And for that reason, when we were introduced to Edo Blocks, I couldn’t understand why this product hadn’t been designed sooner!
Edo Blocks are, quite simply, giant cardboard building blocks and, together, the possibilities are endless! They can be coloured, sprayed, and used to create just about anything you can imagine. The idea behind them is to encourage your children to enter into a world that they have created using their favourite building blocks, be that a fort, a robot, a life size monster or a fairy den. From indoor to outdoor, big spaces to small, there are packs to suit every one and every budget, and one size fits all imaginations.
When our parcel arrived I was surprised by the size of the box which was far smaller than I had imagined. I had not realised just how cleverly flat packed the blocks would be, nor had I registered that I would have to build all fifty! The initial instructions sent me into a bit of a panic and I had to rope in Gaz for some help, but once we had mastered the first brick the others didn’t take half as long.
It definitely helped that it was a beautiful day so we were able to sit in the garden, enjoy the sunshine, and I actually found building them quite therapeutic. In hindsight I would have built the blocks before I told the children about them as for the length of time it took to build all fifty, they must have asked us if it was time to play with them yet at least a billion times!!
In the pack there was a mixture of two different sizes of blocks along with connectors to hold the bricks together. There was also a selection of stickers to decorate the blocks with and some pre cut out shapes for the children to colour in and use such as glasses, crowns, swords and moustaches!
The following day, when all of the bricks were finally made we let the children loose on them, and they were beyond excited! Although the website has it’s own section on ideas of things to build, the children much preferred to make their own models which was lovely to see, and proof how this product can really encourage a child’s creativity.
The blocks incorporate the Montessori method of self directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play, and it was great to watch the children solve problems and learn about spatial awareness.
I found it interesting to see the different ways in which the children played with the blocks with Harry at two, and Eva at five, using them very differently. Eva was very methodical in her building where as Harry was far more excited about bashing down towers!
I loved that although the blocks are made from recycled cardboard, they are very robust and even after Harrys less than gentle play, they remained completely intact.
The children loved that the blocks with stickers can be used together to create a number of figures, mixing alien antennae with a spotty bow tie to create their own cardboard box monsters!
I have promised the children that when the nice weather returns we can take the blocks out into the garden and do some painting on them. Eva is especially impatient to paint her monster pink!
It was lovely to see the three youngest children playing together and even better that, with fifty blocks, there was plenty to go around which meant that by some miracle, we has a whole afternoon without arguments!
My biggest concern when I saw these blocks was where would we store them when they are not in use, and yet so far that hasn’t been an issue this far. The children have played with them every single day since they arrived and so for now they are living in the conservatory where each day the children build something new and tell me that these really are their favourite toys ever!
Edo Blocks start at 35 euros and can be purchased from www.playedo.com. You may wonder whether they are worth the cost with being made out of cardboard, but if you think of these blocks as extra large Lego or Mega Bloks then they are in a similar price range, if not cheaper.
And, even better, they hurt far less when you step on them!!