Thanks to Nanoblock for supplying the product sample for our review. All opinions are our own and honest.
It’s mid-summer. Are you stark raving mad yet?
I’m getting there. The days are hot, the baby is super mobile and my 4-year-old, well…he’s a challenge. A great kid, of course, but he’s going to miss the cut off for Kindergarten this year, and I think he’s ready. Maybe not 100%, so I’m not pushing the issue, but I am definitely taking it upon myself to supplement his learning at home with workbooks, learning aids and creative projects to keep him challenged. (Ugly things happen if I don’t.)
I’m paying careful attention to his toys, too, and since my boy is a builder, a creator, a figure-it-out-er, we really gravitate toward toys that present a learning challenge. Two new Nanoblock sets are the newest additions to our lineup, and they couldn’t have come at a better time.
Created by the same company that brought you the Etch-A-Sketch, Nanoblock is a micro-sized building block system with its smallest piece being a mere 4mmX4mmX5mm. It’s the biggest challenge your kids will find in a tiny little building block!
From Hello Kitty to the Taj Mahal, Nanoblock offers a huge selection of different sets in different sizes, each designed for children age 8 and above. We started out with a White Terrier mini set and a Sites-to-See set that allowed us to build the 19th Century Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. (It has over 550 pieces!)
Wait, I know what you’re thinking. My kid is only 4. But he’s almost 5, and since he can’t really play with these tiny pieces around his baby sister, Nanoblock provides a great opportunity for him to spend some quality time building with Daddy. I’m not sure who enjoys it more.
I’ve seen a lot of talk in the news lately about summer learning loss, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it, but it’s something I need to think about since my son is approaching school age. One thing I’m sure of, however, is the behavioral difference I see when I present him with a challenge and let him work on it by himself. The pride I see in his face when he accomplishes a hard-earned task is priceless, and that’s the same look I see when he builds with his Nanoblock sets.
Total focus, total determination, and a few looks of total frustration, too…but that’s OK. (Actually, it’s more than OK. You should see the time these things buy me! I’ve gotten whole meals cooked while he builds!)
Now at TARGET!
Nanoblock is now available at Target stores nationwide ($11–27). Follow Nanoblock on Facebook to stay in-the-loop on new and current promotions!
Could you be TATSUJIN?
Nanoblock is currently hosting a contest – inviting nano-enthusiasts of all ages to participate in the first-ever national nanoblock® Award: Build It Your Way Competition. Put your imaginations to the test and build your very own unique creations using only nanoblock® bricks. The winner will be crowned TATSUJIN: Master of nanoblock® along a FREE vacation for a family of four and other amazing prizes!
How the nanoblock® Build It Your Way Competition works:
- Entry Phase: From February 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014, parents/applicants can upload a photo of their original nanoblock® creation in one of two categories, under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces. There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant. Submissions are accepted at www.YourNanoblockCreations.com.
- Judging Phase: All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of a mixture of toy industry opinion leaders and Ohio Art representatives. The top five finalists will be selected and notified on or around September 15, 2014.
- Winner Phase: One grand prize-winner will receive a $4,000 travel voucher. A first and second prize winner will be selected in each category (under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces). Two first prize winners will receive an iPod nano and nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year. Two second prize winners will receive nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year. Winners will be announced, on or around, September 21, 2014 and featured on The Ohio Art website and the official nanoblock® Facebook and Twitter pages.
WIN here, too!
Enter to win TWO Nanoblocks sets of your choice: one mini and one Sites-to-See set! Winner’s choice based on availability. Ends 8/14/14. Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. US only, 18 and over.