Last Christmas, we gave our youngest daughter 2 GoldieBlox sets. It was the beginning of something beautiful. Building toys- for GIRLS- that aren’t super girlie, and aren’t dumbed down. My kids LOVE building toys. All 3 of them. My younger 2 are more into it than my oldest, but she still enjoys building too. Many of the sets designed for girls don’t get as much play time, and definitely don’t seem to present the same challenges to kids that the “boy” sets do. Or didn’t, until Debbie Sterling came up with a building toy designed for girls to encourage them in math and engineering concepts- GoldieBlox.
Sometimes you just have to rock the sunglasses when building. You just have to be a Blox Star.
What is it about these GoldieBlox sets that keeps the kids coming back for more? There’s a clean simplicity in each set- a story, and a building toy to go along with each. There’s not a lot of attention paid to making it “pretty” or even “cute” but instead, attention paid to make these sets playable, buildable, to keep them coming back for more. That’s what draws me to the line. Although we do WANT a GoldieBlox figure (which I hear is coming out for holiday time this year), she’s not necessary to feel like you have the whole toy.
Also, each of the sets (ranging in price from $19.99 to $29.99, and an extension kit for $9.99) can work with the other sets. A visit to GoldieBlox.com offers more plans and ideas to further use these building toys for girls, which means kids can expand their play and build on those engineering and math concepts. There’s a Solid Gold(ie) package, with 3 GoldieBlox sets, the expansion pack and a BloxStar shirt for $99.95….which we ordered this week for ourselves- we have the sets, but the price is great, we wanted the expansion pack, and now we have 3 gifts readily available for friends, plus a super cool shirt for my little BloxStar to wear 🙂 !
As I said, we’ve had a few GoldieBlox sets for a while. The sets we received for this #lookatgoldie campaign, the Parade Float and Dunk Tank, were lots of fun and all of us have had TONS of fun playing with the Dunk Tank. There’s been talk of building a dunk tank in the yard now so the kids can try to dunk their dad. I’ll keep you posted if that happens. Perhaps a video…. in the meantime, here’s a video of the GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank set!
Building Toys for Girls can be awesome and NOT dumbed down!
GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank
In GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank, Goldie has to find a way to get Nacho clean. The only problem is: Nacho hates water and loves being a dirty dog. After many tries to get Nacho clean, Goldie finally comes up with the perfect contraption. As kids read along, they help Goldie build a dunk tank (and learn about hinges and levers) to get Nacho clean so everyone can go to the carnival on time.
- A book series plus construction set where Goldie and friends devise a plan to get Nacho clean in time for the carnival.
- Builds spatial skills, engineering principles (hinges and levers) and confidence in problem-solving.
- Comes equipped with 3 design ideas and unlimited building possibilities.
- Compatible with all other GoldieBlox toys.Skill set: Hinge and leverIncludes: Storybook, 1 animal figurine, 1 bouncy ball, 2 wheels, 9 short axles, 18 long axles, 12 blocks, 10 spacers, 2 targets, 3 design templates
GoldieBlox and the Parade Float
In this much-anticipated sequel, Goldie’s friends Ruby and Katinka compete in a princess pageant with the hopes of riding in the town parade. When Katinka loses the crown, Ruby and Goldie build something great together, teaching their friends that creativity and friendship are more important than any pageant.
- A book series plus construction set introducing Ruby, Goldie’s best friend and princess-turned-engineer.
- Builds spatial skills, engineering principles, and confidence in problem-solving.
- Comes equipped with 9 design ideas, a DIY project, and unlimited building possibilities.
- Compatible with all other GoldieBlox toys.
Skill Set: Wheel and axle
Includes: Storybook, 3 animal figurines, 7 wheels, 6 blocks, 9 short axles, 4 long axles, 4 spacers, 1 band, 1 ribbon, 9 design ideas
One reader will win a prize pack including GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank and GoldieBlox and the Parade Float!
This #lookatgoldie post is sponsored by GoldieBlox through our affiliation with The Motherhood. Opinions are my own.