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Creativity & Fine Motor Skills with nanoblock®

I’ve noticed a shift in my oldest son over the past six month… his single-minded interest in driving vehicles around a track morphed into  focused interest on building the tracks and cities for his cars and trains.

I should just put up a permanent “Under Construction” sign in our house! And while I don’t welcome the frequent pain of stepping on sharp little pieces left out, I do welcome the open-ended play experience!

His favorite activity is building and creating with modular brick pieces, and he’s quickly shifted from the large “baby blocks” to smaller and smaller bricks.

nanoblock brick toys

When nanoblock® contacted me to share the news of their first-evern national nanoblock® Award: Build It Your Way Competition, I knew my son would love to check out these tiny bricks for himself! We were sent a nanoblock® mini series terrior dog, and a Sites-to-See Air Force One plane to assemble.nanoblock brick toysnanoblock brick toys

Each set comes with sealed bags of bricks and step by step directions. As my son is a bit young to follow the pictures on the direction sheet, I enlisted my nephew to help him build the Air Force One plane. And I assembled the terrior dog myself – although I usually go cross-eyed at the thought of assembling anything, I found the illustrated steps easy to follow… but I did hand the mighty task of assembling the Air Force One set to my son and his cousin! nanoblock brick toysnanoblock brick toysnanoblock brick toys

If you’ve never seen nanoblock® bricks for yourself, well… maybe that’s because they are super tiny! Small hands have no trouble with these minuscule building bricks though. Just be sure to keep away from babies as these are incredibly tiny pieces and would be so tempting to an exploring child. Have older kids work on an enclosed surface like a large cookie sheet to avoid pieces rolling off the table and being lost forever!

For now, my little guy loves to go off on his own creating new designs daily – a shark, a train, a mini-plane… the only limit is his imagination and I love how right now, he has no limits there!

For builders who want to go “beyond the set,” they might be ready for the new nanoblock® Award: Build It Your Way Competition. Using only nanoblock® bricks, kids create their own structure. Take a photo and upload it to YourNanoblockCreations.com – there’s no limit to how many creation submissions you can upload!

Builders can create in one of two categories: Under 500 and Over 500 pieces. Submit by September 1, 2014 to be eligible. A panel of judges will review submissions and select five finalists by September 15, 2014. Be sure to read all the official details here.nanoblock brick toys

Prizes! Yes!

  • Grand Prize: $4,000 Travel Voucher for a Vacation for a Family of Four (1 winner)
  • First Prize: iPod Nano and 1 nanoblock® set per month for a year (2 winners)
  • Second Prize: 1 nanoblock® set per month for a year (2 winners)
  • All winners will be notified by September 21, 2014 and may be featured on the nanoblock® website and social media platforms.

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Thanks to nanoblock® for sending product for review and offering a giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Organizing your car for back-to-school

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

[…] Doodle Sketch is another great art product to have in the car, especially for the younger kids. It makes no mess, can be used over and over, and comes with an attached stylus (won’t roll under the seats!), and two magnets for additional doodling options. I love that kids can entertain themselves in the car without me worrying about them dropping a crayon or needing more paper! Plus it’s another great open-ended toy to foster creativity (from Ohio Art, makers of nanoblock!) […]

Organizing your car for back-to-school

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

[…] Doodle Sketch is another great art product to have in the car, especially for the younger kids. It makes no mess, can be used over and over, and comes with an attached stylus (won’t roll under the seats!), and two magnets for additional doodling options. I love that kids can entertain themselves in the car without me worrying about them dropping a crayon or needing more paper! Plus it’s another great open-ended toy to foster creativity (from Ohio Art, makers of nanoblock!) […]

Erika W.

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

My son likes to make cars and houses with his bricks.

Erika W.

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

My son likes to make cars and houses with his bricks.

renee walters

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

My son loves making super hero's and their vehicles with lego and such.

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