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. Valerie Jorgovan
    July 7, 2010 | 4:21 pm

    You cannot go wrong when it comes to Building Blocks and also Little People. My boys can still play with them for hours upon hours.

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  2. Melanie Wheeler
    July 7, 2010 | 6:56 pm

    I think I would probably like the sand digger for my boys or the poseable people for my girls best.

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  3. Jennai
    July 7, 2010 | 10:38 pm

    I would like to have the 3′ n 1 Rescue Center for my two sons
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  4. Jennai
    July 7, 2010 | 10:39 pm

    I like Constgructive Playthings on Facebook as Jennifer Keefer
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  5. Jennai
    July 7, 2010 | 10:41 pm

    I follow Constructive Mom on Twitter as Jennai
    HobartsMama {at} aol.com

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  6. Jessica
    July 7, 2010 | 10:52 pm

    The Fairytale Castle would make my girl’s day!

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  7. Jessica
    July 7, 2010 | 10:53 pm

    I like Constructive Playthings on facebook (Jessica Wagner)

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  8. Jessica
    July 7, 2010 | 10:54 pm

    I follow constructivemom on twitter (@jjak2003)

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  9. Jodie R.
    July 8, 2010 | 9:11 am

    I think my son would like the virtual driver :)

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  10. Ells
    July 8, 2010 | 9:33 am

    We’re expecting our first, and I think every kid needs a set of basic building blocks, so I’d chose the hardwood unit blocks.

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  11. Wanda Opitz
    July 8, 2010 | 9:44 am

    I know that my son would LOVE the power garden tools set (saw, weed whacker, etc) and my daughter would LOVE the First Real Gardening set. Hope they win!

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  12. Rachel C
    July 8, 2010 | 10:05 am

    I think the bbq play set would be fun for all the kids.

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  13. Valerie P
    July 8, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    My kids love building and would love the Bristle Blocks!

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  14. Michelle B.
    July 8, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    My son would love the Child-Sized Real Tools

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  15. Michelle B.
    July 8, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    I follow on FB

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  16. Youthful One
    July 8, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    Wow – so many things to choose from!
    The first thing that caught my eye was the real tool set-kid sized. But I’d also really be interested in the Judaic play sets (Shabbat, Passover, Chanukah).

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  17. Mary Weaver
    July 8, 2010 | 5:01 pm

    the rc racer

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  18. Youthful One
    July 8, 2010 | 5:02 pm

    I ‘like’ constructive playthings on facebook.

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  19. Melanie Melugin
    July 8, 2010 | 7:29 pm

    Following via Twitter

    Melanie
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    Going Green with Noah

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  20. Melanie Melugin
    July 8, 2010 | 7:30 pm

    Fan on FB

    Melanie
    mel2266@gmail.com
    http://www.jonathanandmelanie.blogspot.com
    Going Green with Noah

    Twitter – Greensupermom

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  21. Melanie Melugin
    July 8, 2010 | 7:30 pm

    I’d like the Grip n Flips!

    Melanie
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    http://www.jonathanandmelanie.blogspot.com
    Going Green with Noah

    Twitter – Greensupermom

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  22. Cindy
    July 8, 2010 | 7:38 pm

    My 6 year-old is begging for the child-sized real tools. That’s what I get for doing this while he’s looking.

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  23. Cindy
    July 8, 2010 | 7:43 pm

    I like Constructive Playthings on FB: Cindy Dyer

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  24. Cindy
    July 8, 2010 | 7:43 pm

    Twitter follower @getalonghome

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  25. Danielle K.
    July 8, 2010 | 8:50 pm

    My daughter would love the horse lover’s play set, barn play set, or the grand piano!

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  26. Alise Bethune
    January 25, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    I teach preschool (3, 4 and 5 year olds) and most of our kids LOVE brisley blocks. Looking at the site, I found many other toys they would really enjoy. The geo magnetic builders, the build and play marble run, the home sweet home dollhouse, and the hopscotch playmat all look great!! I wish our school had the funds for all of them :)

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  27. Alba
    April 24, 2011 | 11:14 pm

    Wow is this for real :) my son would love to have this. Thank you!

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