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CitiBlocs Little Builder Rattle Blocs

CitiBlocs Little Builder Rattle Blocs

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: CitiBlocs, LLC
Price: $35.00

A clever take on a traditional favorite. Simple design additions to a tried and true toy-the wooden building block-give it a whole new dimension. As a city dweller, my child instantly recognized the simple colorful squares on the blocks as windows and doors. He jumped right into building skyscrapers and whole villages, putting the steps in front of the buildings and adding the roof. The rattle inside of the blocks made for a fun addition to our play. "Instruments!" exclaimed my son when he heard the rattle.

CitiBlocs is a creative, easy to grow with toy. I could easily see us adding more from this series to expand our options for play. The only downside? The easy to hold, portable carrier for the blocks is a little small. The blocks can't just be thrown back in when play is over. If they are not placed inside just so, they won't fit. It's frustrating for a two year old who is eager to help clean up, but could be approached as a puzzle for a slightly older child.

Tracey Clark   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Tracey Clark is the mother of a three year old son. When she's not chasing after him, she's running the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, a local non-profit, and an architectural antique business. She dreams of the day she can get back on her motorcycle and continue seeing the world.

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