Constructive Playthings Giveaway and Bristle Blocks Review

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Amy @ Memoirs of a Homemaker for winning a $50 gift card to Constructive Playthings.

When we were told that we would get to pick the first item that we wished to review from the Constructive Playthings website, I had a good idea that we would pick some type of  building toy.

Nearly all of our children love to build and with the two youngest being boys the building craze doesn’t seem that it will pass anytime soon.  When Mark saw the set of Bristle Blocks, one of his childhood favorites, it was a done deal.

About the Bristle Blocks set:

Alyssa's (9) car

The Constructive Playthings set of Bristle Blocks contains 160 pieces in a wheeled box for tidy storage.    These soft vinyl blocks covered with bristles stick together on contact and remain together while the children build vehicles, animals and buildings or something completely from their imagination.

With windows and roofs, wheels, triangles, spheres and circles in addition to the more traditional rectangles, columns and squares, children are presented with many possibilities and ideas for hours of creative play. There were enough blocks in this set to keep 6 of our kids happily playing for nearly an hour.  (Although the wheels were in high demand and likely to be stolen right off your vehicle if you weren’t vigilant.)

These are the same bristle blocks that you knew and loved as a child and we are thrilled that our children now have the opportunity to learn and create with these classic educational toys.

What the experts our kids thought:

Carter's (8) creature

The Bristle Blocks have been a hit primarily with our boys  ages 2, 3, 8 and 11.  They enjoy making buildings, vehicles and guns. They’ve even created cities with streets for the vehicles to travel and will play together for long stretches of time, especially if I’m reading aloud or they’re listening to a story on CD.

Nicholas (2) gets especial pleasure by building things and then banging them on the ground until they fall apart.

So far, I’m still stepping on Bristle Blocks nearly everyday which tells me that the novelty has not worn off.  I think that may be my excuse for being such a sucker for building toys, they offer wonderful open ended play and the children do not easily tire of them.  Often the most loved toys are also the most simple.

Pros:

  • Open ended creative building toy.
  • Plenty of pieces and a large variety of shapes for creativity.
  • WHEELS
  • Soft vinyl, so it’s not too bad when you step on them.

Cons:

  • Some of the pieces (especially those with fewer bristles) do not stay together very well and this frustrates some of my more elaborate architects.
  • The wheels must be installed with the ‘right’ side on the vehicle and our 2 and 3 year old have not been able to figure this out yet.

Colby (3), Savannah (5) and Nicholas (2)

Win:

Constructive Playthings is giving away a $50 gift card so that you will have the opportunity to pick from their wide selection of educational and developmental toys.

To enter:

  • Visit the Constructive Playthings website and take a look around and then come back and leave a comment telling me a toy you think your child/children would enjoy other than the set of bristle blocks.

Additional entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each entry)

This giveaway is open to U.S. and *Canadian residents.  Giveaway will end Thursday, July 8 at 11:59pm.

Don’t forget you can automatically get 15% off of your complete Constructive Playthings order at any time by simply clicking on the Constructive Moms button in my sidebar!

*(Canadians – Constructive Playthings is just on the verge of launching in Canada.  If you win, you will be one of the first people to shop on the website with your gift card when it launches later this month.)


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228 Responses to Constructive Playthings Giveaway and Bristle Blocks Review
  1. Kimarie
    July 2, 2010 | 8:13 am

    Ooooh! I was looking at their sets of wooden building blocks! We only have enough blocks right now for 2 of my children to use… What a great giveaway!

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  2. Kimarie
    July 2, 2010 | 8:14 am

    I liked Constructive Playthings on Facebook.

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  3. Kimarie
    July 2, 2010 | 8:15 am

    I already follow ConstructiveMom on Twitter. ;-)

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  4. Cathy
    July 2, 2010 | 8:16 am

    We also LOVE blocks and building toys, so if I can’t pick the bristle blocks…I would have to pick the architectural building blocks. Thanks for the great review and entry!

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  5. Karen
    July 2, 2010 | 8:31 am

    I think my kids would really enjoy the jumbo magnetic builders or even the royal puppets were so cute!!! What a great website – I saw lots of things that i liked!!

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  6. Michelle
    July 2, 2010 | 8:34 am

    Hmmmm…very tricky not letting me pick the bristle blocks…..well, my two year old is not quite ready for the duplos handed down from his older brothers yet, but that set of wooded building blocks would work. I’m also always a sucker for dress-up clothes for the little girls.

    Thanks for doing this. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

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  7. Tristan from the Crew
    July 2, 2010 | 8:37 am

    Mine would like the take along tin tea set: http://www.constplay.com/cgi-bin/constplay_cgi.sh/WService=constplay/constplay.com/family/2.0/product.htm?dept_id=Cookin%20Up%20Fun&pf_id=HNG-17L

    I would love it too – it has it’s own case! No more wandering pieces and it’s tin, so not as easily broken.

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  8. Kayla Arrowood
    July 2, 2010 | 8:47 am

    I would love the jumbo magnetic builders, mine smallest loves playing with magnets!!

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  9. Patty
    July 2, 2010 | 8:48 am

    Imaginative play would be at the top of our list! What little boy/girl doesn’t want to grow up to be a big person!

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  10. Kayla Arrowood
    July 2, 2010 | 8:48 am

    I “LIKE” them on facebook!

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  11. Sarah H.
    July 2, 2010 | 8:54 am

    We would probably order the bristle blocks, but wouldn’t mind trying the jumbo magnetic builders, or some dress up clothes.

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  12. Kelly
    July 2, 2010 | 8:56 am

    Oh this would be wonderful! I’m taking the plunge and will be homeschooling my 4 year old daughter for PreK next year and I have a lot of materials to buy! We would love the Bristle Blocks! They look SO fun!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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  13. bunny
    July 2, 2010 | 9:02 am

    The dress ups would be great, my granddaughters would enjoy those while visiting!

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  14. Cyndy
    July 2, 2010 | 9:05 am

    Love plain wooden blocks…favorites around here!

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  15. Heather
    July 2, 2010 | 9:09 am

    I’ve been wanting to get something like the town center rug for our boys. Fun stuff!

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  16. Heather
    July 2, 2010 | 9:14 am

    My two boys, 5 and 2 1/2 would absolutely love the interactive hop and learn. They are both very active, and I could definitely incorporate this toy into our informal home schooling. It says it has a quiz mode, which would be great for testing their knowledge. I could also incorporate simple addition and subtraction into their play time with this toy. Thanks for introducing us to constructive playthings!

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  17. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
    July 2, 2010 | 9:14 am

    We would get the laundry day play. I might have to buy it whether we win or not!

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  18. Sarah
    July 2, 2010 | 9:14 am

    I like the Classin Wooden Kitchen. I’ll have to keep my eye on that.

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  19. Sarah
    July 2, 2010 | 9:14 am

    I liked them on facebook

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  20. Elizabeth
    July 2, 2010 | 9:15 am

    I would love err I mean my son would love the wooden train set!

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  21. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
    July 2, 2010 | 9:18 am

    I follow her on twitter – @happylhomemaker

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  22. Melissa
    July 2, 2010 | 9:21 am

    My kids would love the rocket ship with all the pieces ro the dinosaur play set, or the bristle blocks. Too hard to choose just one thing! =)

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  23. Jennifer A
    July 2, 2010 | 9:23 am

    My Littlest would love the tutu’s! My boy would love the marble race! What fun.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    Jennifer

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  24. Jennifer A
    July 2, 2010 | 9:25 am

    I like Constructive Play Things on FB now! Yay for double the chance to win.

    Jennifer

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  25. Rachel Worley
    July 2, 2010 | 9:28 am

    My kids would love the All-Around Electronic Kitchen!! My daughter has been wanting one for quite some time now!! Such a little imagination! =)

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  26. Susan
    July 2, 2010 | 9:33 am

    I think my 2-year-old son would like the wooden service station. I know the natural wood blocks would also be a great addition to our colored ones. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. Jodie
    July 2, 2010 | 9:35 am

    Soooo many things to like, but I think that my girls would especially like the stainless cookware. They are always stealing utensils and pans from my kitchen!

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  28. Elizabeth Horsman
    July 2, 2010 | 9:37 am

    I would get some kitchen items for my youngest daughter, she loves helping mama!

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  29. Jodie
    July 2, 2010 | 9:38 am

    I “like” constructive playthings on facebook too!

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  30. Elizabeth
    July 2, 2010 | 9:39 am

    “Liked” them on FB!

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  31. My Boaz's Ruth
    July 2, 2010 | 9:42 am

    Wedgits! We love our wedgits!

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  32. Bekki
    July 2, 2010 | 9:47 am

    Oh My goodness! I loved playing with these when I was little. My mom still has them at her house and every time we go to visit my children play with them for hours! I’m excitied to see they haven’t changed at all.

    My daughter would love the horse stable. After returning from the Kentucky horse park all she thinks abot is horses!

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  33. Shannon
    July 2, 2010 | 10:06 am

    Ooh, my kids liked the build and play marble run. They already each have a bag of marbles!

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  34. Lisa
    July 2, 2010 | 10:12 am

    I just love the bristle blocks,but if I have to pick something else that my kids would like I’d have to say the Today’s girl dolls. My girls would just LOVE them!

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  35. Lisa
    July 2, 2010 | 10:13 am

    I subscribe, one more entry please!

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  36. Lori Boling
    July 2, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Great review Kimberly. We love so many of the toys at Constructive Playthings. I would have to say the Royal puppets would be a big hit here at our house.

    Thanks for this chance.
    P.S. Missing you on the crew. :)

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  37. Lori Boling
    July 2, 2010 | 10:41 am

    I liked Constructive Playthings on FB. (Wow, that doesn’t sound grammatically correct, does it?)

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  38. Sarah V.
    July 2, 2010 | 10:44 am

    My kids would love the design and shine ceramics or any of the art sets.

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  39. Courtney Less Stressed
    July 2, 2010 | 10:47 am

    I have three boys so I can tell you that the hardwood blocks would be a HUGE hit! We actually have the bristle blocks and they are used often in our house. Its one of our favorites!

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  40. Kristi M.
    July 2, 2010 | 10:53 am

    I would LOVE to win this. I was just on their website looking at wooden blocksets for my son’s christmas this year. This would be awesome to win. So wooden blocks would have to be my choice.

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  41. Kristi M.
    July 2, 2010 | 10:54 am

    I like them on facebook

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  42. pam r.
    July 2, 2010 | 11:02 am

    I love the Play & Score Ball game; something my kids could play together and (hopefully) not fight over!

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  43. Shonda
    July 2, 2010 | 11:25 am

    I like the quiet book and the train table.

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  44. Shonda
    July 2, 2010 | 11:26 am

    I follow Constructive Things on FB.

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  45. Shonda
    July 2, 2010 | 11:27 am

    I follow constructive mom on Twitter.

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  46. Brenda D.
    July 2, 2010 | 11:38 am

    The Sand Digger is great! We found these at a park and wondered where you could buy one for your own yard, my boys would love this.

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  47. gretchen
    July 2, 2010 | 11:45 am

    My little girls would love the Enchanted Fairy Castle. I love all their things and would love to the table and chairs, the blocks, and the art sets, as well.

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  48. Brenda D.
    July 2, 2010 | 11:45 am

    I “liked” them on facebook

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  49. Missy
    July 2, 2010 | 11:59 am

    The first real gardening set would be awesome to have. We are outdoor kinda people and I’ve been wishing for something like that for a while!

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  50. AshleyD
    July 2, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    i like the deluxe gardening center

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