Blocks. Shake. One, two three! – Miss J, 1
At 20 month, Miss J is developing apace and it’s a challenge to keep her entertained. Luckily, her nursery is packed to the gills with stimulating activities, and staffed by talented, engaged staff, but when she’s at home, it’s my turn to find ways to combine learning with play.
As such, we’re delighted with these sensory blocks from Cost Cutters UK. The set contains 16 unvarnished, hardwood blocks of different shapes (triangles, rectangles, squares and semicircles) and each is filled with a different material (coloured acrylic, coloured liquid with glittery flecks, coloured plastic beads, coloured sand).
This means playing with them isn’t just about building, it’s also a chance to talk about shape and colour, to listen to the noises they make when shaken, to stare through them and see how the world changes, to bounce coloured light off walls and ceilings, and, above all, to have lots of fun.
At £39.59, they’re not the cheapest building blocks you can buy, but with the broad multisensory value they bring to play times, I think they’re well worth it. I’d also recommend you have a good look around the rest of the Costcutters site – it’s primarily designed as a resource for nurseries, but we found the range of toys on there to be head and shoulders above what you get on a standard toy website, so we’ll be making another order soon.
Disclosure: we were sent the sensory blocks for review. No payment was received for this post. All posts are 100% honest.