Building Blocks of Fun for Kids and Adults
The weather outside can certainly be frightful with winter storms, inversions, and freezing temperatures. Old man winter will often force my kids indoors after school and during the weekends. Now, I can only handle so much “Bob the Train” or “Peppa Pig” cartoons, so I’m constantly looking for ways to entertain my 4-year-old son. His favorite toys currently are trucks, cars, airplanes, and mommy. The role of a human jungle gym is in the script for all moms, but my arms and legs could use a break from time to time. That’s where wooden building blocks come in to offer some relief.
There is just some nostalgic about wooden building blocks; it reminds me of my childhood. The Cubbie Lee Toy Company offers classic wooden toys for boys and girls, including its premium wood 100-piece building block set. The building set is an Amazon’s Choice and costs about $30. The pieces are colored and are large enough that I don’t have to worry about my 1-year-old swallowing them. According to its product summary, the wooden building blocks are intended to “encourage imagination, sharing, and cooperation.”
When I brought the box home, my son immediately ripped the top off and pulled all 100 pieces out and onto the floor. On paper, this seemed like an easy project that would occupy him for some time. Then he saw the picture of the castle on the box and wanted me to build a castle out of the pieces he poured out all over the living room. So, this became a mom-son project to build the castle.
Time to Build
Instructions? We don’t need instructions; we have an imagination! I spent a good hour with my kid putting together a castle using the Cubbie Lee blocks. We worked out a system; my son would “truck” in the blocks with his toys and I would be the builder. Our castle didn’t exactly look like the one that is on the box, but it made my son happy and he proceeded to play with the castle for another 30 minutes before he knocked it over. The very next day, he wanted me to build another castle. This time, I would enlist the help of my young nephew.
If you are looking for an indoor activity to keep young kids entertained, this is a perfect option. The blocks are large, which is great for small hands or exhausted parents. If you have infants or babies crawling around, the pieces are big enough to discourage swallowing (though with any toy, be sure to supervise your children accordingly). In an age of smartphones, the Cubbie Lee wooden blocks provides an activity away from screens for children and adults alike.
The Cubbie Lee wooden blocks provides an activity away from screens for children and adults alike.