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. Sarah Bahm
    July 5, 2010 | 9:41 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

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  2. Sarah Bahm
    July 5, 2010 | 9:41 am

    I looked at CP web site. I think my son would love Sing-Along CD Player to sing and dance with!!

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  3. Dacia
    July 5, 2010 | 10:12 am

    I liked the wedgits set, and the hanging art gallery. I also liked the bristle block set you reviewed. =) It’d be hard to decide what to get with the gift card, should I win, but I am sure my 7 helpers would be a great help with that quandary.

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  4. Dacia
    July 5, 2010 | 10:13 am

    I also liked constructive playthings on face book.

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  5. Dacia
    July 5, 2010 | 10:13 am

    I’m following constructive playthings on twitter, now! ; )

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  6. kari
    July 5, 2010 | 10:43 am

    I LOVE Constructive Playthings and have been a customer since my now 18 year old son was a toddler!

    I have two little girls (5 and 2) who would love the Easel and Table set.

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  7. kari
    July 5, 2010 | 10:43 am

    I “like” Constructive Playthings on FB!

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  8. Ella
    July 5, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    I think my boys would like either one of their block sets. Or the Thomas Train table. Actually, I saw a lot of things that they would love. It would be hard to pick.

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  9. Brodie
    July 5, 2010 | 2:33 pm

    I like the Monet Art pack and the chubby crayons.

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  10. Brodie
    July 5, 2010 | 2:37 pm

    follow on twitter as bro2ice

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  11. Stephanie
    July 5, 2010 | 6:41 pm

    my daughter would love the kitchen playset.

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  12. Kelly Maine
    July 5, 2010 | 7:08 pm

    Since we have a large garden, I really love the “First Real Garden Set.” I think the kids would love pushing the wheelbarrow around while “helping” their Dad weed the garden.

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  13. Sarah
    July 5, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    I’ve never shopped at Constructive Playthings, but I can tell you my toddler would love their animals to use in block play. Regardless if I win or not, I’m probably going to be buying those for Christmas.

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  14. Michelle
    July 5, 2010 | 10:01 pm

    Our 1 year old son would love the talk and teach transport. He is the only boy in a house of 5 girls – he needs boy toys! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Blessings,
    Michelle

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  15. Lis
    July 5, 2010 | 10:11 pm

    Hey, Kimberly~ Old TOS Crewmate here! Nice to see you around! :) I’d love the All-Play Stainless Cookware and the Party Time Service. Would be great for my little chef to be! :)

    I also like the Art Activity Packs.
    (Nice Gig you’ve got! :)) Blessings to you!

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  16. Kelly D.
    July 5, 2010 | 10:18 pm

    My kids would like the TV Art Design Center. Thanks for the chance!
    Kelly D. – secrets_girl23(at)yahoo(dot)com (aka) dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Kelly D.
    July 5, 2010 | 10:18 pm

    I “like” Constructive Playthings on facebook. (Kelly Deaton)
    Kelly D. – secrets_girl23(at)yahoo(dot)com (aka) dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Kelly D.
    July 5, 2010 | 10:19 pm

    I follow Constructive Mom on twitter. (@dkad23)
    Kelly D. – secrets_girl23(at)yahoo(dot)com (aka) dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Jenni Dallas
    July 5, 2010 | 11:37 pm

    I think my kids, all 5 of them, would love the Easel and table set.

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  20. Kathleen Ballmann
    July 6, 2010 | 12:42 am

    I love many of their toys. They require imagination! One that caught my eye immediately is the oft bowling set. I teach first grade and this year I will have 30 students. I can use this at indoor recess time.

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  21. Kathleen Ballmann
    July 6, 2010 | 12:51 am

    I like Constructive Playthings on Facebook.

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  22. Kathleen Ballmann
    July 6, 2010 | 12:52 am

    I follow constructivemom on Twitter

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  23. april
    July 6, 2010 | 7:06 am

    My daughter loves to draw. I think she would like the Smart Lab Fashion Designer Set.

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  24. april
    July 6, 2010 | 7:07 am

    I ‘like’ Constructive Playthings on FB.

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  25. Julie
    July 6, 2010 | 8:22 am

    I follow on facebook.

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  26. Julie
    July 6, 2010 | 8:23 am

    I follow on twitter.

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  27. Shelley
    July 6, 2010 | 11:00 am

    My daughter would LOVE the firehouse play station!

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  28. Shelley
    July 6, 2010 | 11:01 am

    I have “liked” Constructive Playthings on FaceBook :)

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  29. Birdie S.
    July 6, 2010 | 12:16 pm

    My kids would enjoy the RocketShip adventure set

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  30. Birdie S.
    July 6, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    I like CP on FB/ Birdie Skolfield

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  31. miss mary
    July 6, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    Sing-Along CD Player would be great to have.Thanks for the entry

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  32. Priya
    July 6, 2010 | 3:11 pm

    I like the Kitchen Basics set pretend play.

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  33. Kristin
    July 6, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    We’re kinda into magnets here right now and I love the Goe Magnetic Builders and I know my gils would have fun with them too.

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    Kristin Reply:

    Sorry – that should be Geo Magnetic Builders.

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  34. Kristin
    July 6, 2010 | 7:59 pm

    Following @constructivemom on Twitter.

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  35. Kristin
    July 6, 2010 | 8:00 pm

    ‘Like’ Constructive Playthings on Facebook

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  36. Geri
    July 6, 2010 | 9:54 pm

    My grand-daughter would LOVE!!! Doll Table & Chair Set.

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  37. Geri
    July 6, 2010 | 9:55 pm

    I LIKE!!! Constructive Playthings on FB.

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  38. Geri
    July 6, 2010 | 9:55 pm

    I follow ConstructiveMom on twitter.

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  39. Raylene
    July 6, 2010 | 11:55 pm

    I am a huge fan of educational toys and things that can keep the little ones quite and busy while we do school soooo, I liked the alphabet alligator. It is so cool and they have to learn the order of the Alphabet in order to do it or atleast recognize its uppercase partner. Too cool for when they get to alphabetizing words and needing to pull from memory the order of the letters in the alphabet.

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  40. Megan
    July 7, 2010 | 2:00 am

    I’ve always thought Wedgits look like fun.

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the new baby!

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  41. Joann Hearn
    July 7, 2010 | 10:42 am

    I liked constructive playthings on facebook!!

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  42. Joann Hearn
    July 7, 2010 | 10:46 am

    My daughter would LOVE the Glitzy Get Up set and my son would LOVE the PLay and Score Ball Set!

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  43. Julie Young
    July 7, 2010 | 10:49 am

    My son would love the telescope, or any of the building stuff toys. He is a engineer for sure!! Congrats on your beautiful baby girl!!

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  44. Sara Greco
    July 7, 2010 | 11:53 am

    I think I was able to find something for each of my 4 kids, ages 6 and under! My favorite is the Giant Bowling set! Great idea!!

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  45. Amy
    July 7, 2010 | 2:33 pm

    My boys would love Stomp & Launch, I would go with the portable soccer goal.

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  46. Breezys Mom
    July 7, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    There are so many cute items on the CP website; my daughter would love to play with many of them. One item I think she would like is the Baby Care Center. She loves being the momma to her babies.

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  47. Carolsue
    July 7, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    My son would love the My First Garage
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  48. Carolsue
    July 7, 2010 | 3:47 pm

    I like Constructive Playthings on Facebook
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  49. Carolsue
    July 7, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    I follow ConstructiveMom on Twitter @cezovski
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