My two boys love to take things apart and put them together. They love to create/invent new things too. Unfortunately most toys that allow for this type of thing are plastic…it is just easier to make interchangeable parts in plastic than in wood. Automoblox is a fairly new toy that I think gives us the best of both worlds. They have made a line of wooden automobiles that have plastic attachments. The bulk of the vehicle is wood that comes apart in sections and the plastic parts like the wheels, windows, and people are plastic and interchangeable so that with just a few cars or trucks you can create a ton of new customized vehicles. Wheels can be alternating colors and you can put a flat bed on a car, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Both of my boys like cars (big surprise) so I was eager to see if they liked Automoblox and they really did. Not long after my oldest son took the T9 truck for a test drive he was eager to get more so that he could start designing his own vehicles. The quality is tops too. These vehicles will stand up to rough play.
They get a thumbs from me for several reasons. They partially use sustainable materials when most counterparts use all plastic. They are quality toys that will last and they inspire creative play, design, and imagination. The interchangeable pieces help with problem solving too and kids enjoy playing with them. They have all the makings of a good toy.
At Amazon.com right now you can get a combo pack of Mini Automoblox vehicles…the C9 is Red, the T9 is Green, and the S9 is Blue.
Monday, December 8th, 2008