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OK Blocks, Poorly Thought Out Graphics
on August 7, 2017
The Bloks are blocks, pretty straightforward product and they nailed it. However, Playskool fell frustratingly short when it came to the packaging department. Ordinarily, I would not care about the packaging, however in this case it is A) associated with a toy for very small children (i.e., visual learners) and B) the package is intended to contain the product for its life duration, so is kind of part of the product (i.e., unlike a cardboard box that is immediately discarded). My issue is that the structures and figures pictured on the package cannot be replicated by the Bloks that came with the package, which is very frustrating when you are trying to help teach a child to LEARN how to build something, as opposed to just stacking things randomly (which as its own merits, but need both).
I got this set for my 2 year old niece who excitedly dumped the contents on the floor, pointed to the giraffe and asked for my help in building it. I was thrilled that she was so keen and I set upon the floor to work with her to find the right pieces. Almost immediately I noticed almost none of the pieces inside the bag matched those pictured and then realized how extremely difficult it was going to be to point to a shape and teach her to look for that shape but in another color because Playskool had put zero thought into the package. I gave them the benefit of the doubt that it was just this front giraffe but when I tried to made the amorphous item on the back I quickly ran into the same problem. Keep in mind this is a 2 year old, so COLOR and SHAPE are pretty critical and their getting one of the two right is a pretty great start.
Given the amount of technical information Playskool put in the Amazon ad about teaching different age groups different skills, I thought this would have been a more useful gift. But it was not.
Nonetheless, I give it a solid 3, if all you want are the blocks, in the bag, there are blocks.