Mega Bloks First Builders {review and giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

Building toys are pretty awesome. Toys that appeal to younger preschoolers and toddlers and are made so that they can play independently are even better. The Mega Bloks First Builders line is targeted to ages 1 to 5, and they are fun, age-appropriate, and inspire imaginative play.

I don’t have preschoolers anymore, but I knew that my sister-in-law had the perfect test-group for these toys. My nieces are 1 1/2, 3 1/2, and 7 years old. Her two younger daughters loved these toys from the first time they opened the boxes, and three weeks later they are still providing lots of entertainment.

In fact, her daughters fight over who gets to play with what. No one likes all that sibling bickering, but when they are fighting over a toy, it’s actually a pretty cool thing, because there’s nothing worse than toys that immediately become brightly colored clutter.

A lot of building toys are trying to reach the girl market. You’ve seen them with the pinks and purples. The Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess line does that. These don’t have as many pieces to build, but do have a lot of creative play options. Shortly after being introduced to the Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess 3-Story Enchanted Castle, my 3-year-old niece moved all her princesses in.

I think it’s great that more “girly” colors can possibly open the door to building activities, but don’t think that just because it’s pink, your girl won’t play with it. The most coveted toy is Sonny School Bus. My first thought is that it’s perfectly priced for all those birthday parties!

Speaking of imagination and cross-play value, did you know that Sonny the bus driver doubles as a prince? Yep, he does.

I’m so glad my nieces have gotten to enjoy these toys, and I’m thrilled to offer this fantastic prize pack (pictured above)  to one of you, U.S. shipping addresses only. It’s provided by Mega Bloks and is valued at $100.

Just follow the instructions below to enter. Confused? Watch this 45-second videoon how to enter! The giveaway will close on September 28.

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Jennifer Donovan misses her children’s preschool years, but is happy to have nieces and nephews she can watch grow up. She was happy to be able to pass her review samples along to them to enjoy and thanks Mega Bloks for them. She manages 5 Minutes for Books and blogs at Snapshot.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Tabathia B September 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

How long will it capture their attention

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2 Lawanna September 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I look for toys that won’t easily be broken.

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3 Mandy Blank September 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I look for things that are educational and teach them something.

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4 Shannon September 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Durability and easy to clean

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5 Crissa Robertson September 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I would want them to be fun for them but not annoying to me :)
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6 Patricia Wojnar Crowley September 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I look for toys that will develop their concentration and hand/eye coordination!

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7 Anne Lehnick September 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I look for durable toys that are age appropriate.

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8 Ellen C. September 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I like colorful toys which are easy to grip. Thanks for the chance.

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9 mrsshukra September 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Age appropriate and educational!

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10 lana September 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

durable, safety and what can they learn with them

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11 Jenny September 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Durable, educational, and fun.

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12 Jennifer Rote September 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

durability and fun

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13 Kristin September 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Price, safety, versatility, and fun-potential!
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14 Chelsea September 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

durability, educational and appealing… If they don’t think it’s cool, it’s a waste of money :)

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15 Mary Somerville September 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Ones that sharpen their skills, and imagination.

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16 melissa September 14, 2012 at 12:08 am

I look for things that are durable and will hold their attention.
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17 Melissa M September 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

For safety and age appropriate

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18 Janet W. September 14, 2012 at 5:51 am

I look for the toy to be durable, easy to use, no small parts, bright colors, fun!

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19 brooke t September 14, 2012 at 6:20 am

i look to see if they are educational!!

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20 jody jamieson September 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

safety and durability

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21 Heidi Daily September 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

I look for toys that are safe and durable

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22 Kathy Stevenson September 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

Toys that help them use their imagination!

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23 LaTanya September 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

how educational and fun the toy will be

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24 Valerie Taylor Mabrey September 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

bright colors and durability also if it will keep their interest longer than a day
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25 Jessica Eaton Ledford September 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Something that uses their imagination as well as can be played with in lots of different ways.

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26 Rebecca Rahkonen September 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Durability is one of the biggest things I look for. I don’t want to buy something that will break easily. And I also look for things that aren’t really messy. Play dough and crayons and markers are my worst enemy at the moment! UGH THE MESSES!

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27 Jessica Beard September 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

colorful, safe (no small pieces), easy to hold, something that is fun

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28 Jessica To September 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I look for toys that are safe and durable.

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29 HappyMomC September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

colorful and informative

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30 Linsey Nessen September 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Educational and fun!

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31 Natalie S September 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Something that helps them to learn and something interactive is great too – using their imagination is a plus with preschool toys

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32 Vickie Couturier September 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

safe,sturdy an easily cleaned

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33 Denise September 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I’ve given up and just look for toys that aren’t going to kill me when I trip over them.

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34 amy marantino September 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

fun, safe and durable

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35 Brittany Odonnell September 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

i look for things that actually help teach and improve motor skills.

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36 Raina Delrio September 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I look for durability, easy clean (peanut butter always ends up on my kiddos toys!) and something that is educational/interactive.

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37 Stacey B September 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I ensure they’re durable, and will be entertaining.

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38 Maryann September 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I look to see that the toys won’t break easily and if more than one of my kids will enjoy playing with them.

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39 Amy September 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Safety is always my first thought!

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40 Jessica T September 15, 2012 at 12:15 am

Things that don’t have small parts

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41 Kimberly B. September 15, 2012 at 12:32 am

Safety, durablility and allows them to be creative.

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42 LaVonne
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Safe, educational, fun.
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43 BusyWorkingMama September 15, 2012 at 8:46 am

I like bright colors.
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44 Laura Jacobson September 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Safety is number 1….and then things that will keep him busy and let him use his imagination!

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45 Melissa P. September 16, 2012 at 1:39 am

Easy to use and store.

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46 Megan September 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

Toys that allow my little guy to use his imagination (because then he’ll play with it for more than 5 minutes) :) We love mega bloks at our house & they are especially great because baby brother can play too!

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47 Sarah Harding September 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

i look for educational toys

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48 Jamie Brigham September 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I look for toys that are easy to grasp and have bright colors.

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49 Heather S September 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I look for educational value and/or if it they will play with it more than a week.

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50 Jessica September 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I look for toys that are sturdy and are of interest to my boys.

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51 kelly g September 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

something that I think will keep him interested.

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52 Shari September 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I look for something that will lead them to exercise their imagination, something that doesn’t have just ONE way to play with it.

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53 Danielle T September 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

i look for toys that require imagination and dont do the thinking for you

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54 Jennifer Marie September 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

safety so that they don’t choke on items etc

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55 Jennie September 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

No annoying noises! Kids are good at making their own sound effects.

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56 Seyma Shabbir September 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Educational or limitless possibilities, like legos, megablocks :)

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57 Virginia Rowell September 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I look for a lot of educational things to help them learn to read.

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58 Ashley S September 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

something fun and educational

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59 Judy S September 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

items with lots of colors

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60 Heather Hayes Panjon September 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Learning, Durable, Fun, And Price :)

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61 Atlanta Mom September 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

unique and multiple uses!
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62 Andrea O. September 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Toys that are quiet (and educational)

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63 Kelly D September 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I look for toys that are easy to handle and encourage using the imagination.

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64 Cassandra Eastman September 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Usually something that really engages my son’s interest. A toy that also involves creativity or imagination is always a plus!

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65 sarah davis September 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

Safety first, the size of the parts.

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66 Donna O'Neil September 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Something she can do by herself with out much help.

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67 Ali September 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I love Mega Blox. They keep the kids busy for hours :)

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68 Hoa Le September 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I make sure that’s it safe and fulfills its purpose(s)/

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69 shelly September 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I check to make sure they are age appropriate (ie small parts) and choose something that I think she’ll enjoy playing with for a longer time period.
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70 Brandi September 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Fun,but educational too

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71 annetten campbell September 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Toys with bright colors and simple assembly

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72 Shannon September 19, 2012 at 2:52 am

Durable and educational

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73 PinkySwayers September 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

I look for the classics. I like toys that have stood the test of time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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74 Terra Heck September 19, 2012 at 6:42 am

I check to make sure they’re age-appropriate, made of good material, and will not cause safety hazards. Thanks.
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75 susan September 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

I look for toys that can withstand the beating of a very active toddler!

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76 Jamie September 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I awnt toys that will help develop their mind!

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77 jessica September 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I look for things they will enjoy for a long time..not easily broken or small pieces

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78 Kelley F September 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Colorful, durable, fun, and hopefully not loud!!

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79 Karry September 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I look for durability, safety and functionality

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80 Nadene September 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Definitely durability. My little guy is destructive!

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81 Lauren September 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I like toys that are interactive and not something you play with once and throw to the side. It’s nice if there isn’t a ton of sound to EVERY toy as well.

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82 Lacey Junell September 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Toys that are durable and good for imaginations

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83 Christine September 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

I look for toys that are educational.
Thanks for the chance!

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84 Addison Kat September 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

I look for durability, bright colors, fun factor and price

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85 Kristen M. September 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I look for toys that engage creativity/imagination.

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86 CoffeeJitters September 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

durable, simple, easy to clean
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87 april yedinak September 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Strong, safe and colorful.

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88 Rochel S September 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Durability and something that I know will keep him interested for a while!

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89 andrea September 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

easy to build and not breakable very sturdy and a trusted brand and something with big pieces

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90 Sarah Hall September 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

Safety and educational status.

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91 Staci A September 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I look for toys that are durable and let kids use their imagination.

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92 Tiffany Kinney September 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Safe and fun toys!

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93 sarah thompson September 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Something colorful and something that will keep their attention!

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94 Lauren September 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I look for something open-ended and not too big, since we have a small space!
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95 Jude Skocki Kelly September 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I like toys that encourage use of his imagination.
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96 Debbie Jackson September 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

safety and durablility
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97 Stephanie Phelps September 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I love for durability and size

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98 Priya Ramki September 22, 2012 at 12:05 am

I choose toys that are safe and also educational.

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99 Lucy Nguyen September 22, 2012 at 2:03 am

I’d love to choose some durable and educational toys for my kids

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100 Jennifer Nixon September 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

Educational and age appropriate.And FUN!

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101 Linda Anderson September 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I look for the toys to be durable, easy to use, no small parts, bright colors, fun

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102 Jessica September 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I look for toys that are stimulating and made out of quality, easy to clean materials

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103 Donna L September 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I look for toys that help with concentration and hand and eye coordination and that are safe and durable.

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104 WinItMama September 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

The main thing I look for when buying toys for my preschooler are ones that will still be of use as he gets a little older.
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105 kelly willis September 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

educational and colorful

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106 Meghan Finley September 23, 2012 at 2:58 am

I look for things that are easy for her little hands that should be safe

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107 Jammie September 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I look for toys that help with learning.

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108 kelly tillotson September 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

that its educational and fun
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109 Faith B September 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

educational and fun

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110 emily September 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

safety and durability

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111 Diane S September 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

toys that will withstand the use and abuse for more than a week. so many toys are buy now and get a new one later. thank you for the giveaway.

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112 Christina Burrell September 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I look for good quality and safety.

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113 coley r September 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

keep their interest and engage their brain

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114 Teresa Thompson September 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Im always looking for toys that will capture their imagination.

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115 Kathy Davis September 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I look for safety and health hazzards 1st, then age appropriateness and interest.

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116 lisa scaramuzzo September 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

i like toys that have minimal small pieces and if they have alot of pieces that they come with storage for them, a bag, container or something,

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117 lauren September 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I strive to find toys without dangerous chemicals and that are well made. Also, bright colors can’t hurt!!

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118 Francine Anchondo September 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

Durability ,how long will they play with it, is it safe

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119 Sarah VM September 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I look for toys that will keep them interested and teach at the same time.

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120 Crystal Green September 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I actually got to do a review of this product as well. Our kids still play with them to this day and we’ve had it for almost a month now. It teaches Zeva (who is 9 months old) how to build things which she’s doing little by little which teaches her hand and eye coordination. It is a toy that is designated for 1-5 year olds. My five year old son loves them too even though they are for girls.

You can check out my complete review of them on http://www.tidbitsofexperience.com/2012/09/96-days-until-christmasgift-suggestion_21.html .
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121 julie September 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

educational and fun

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122 Julie Ghrist September 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

sturdy and purpose… educational, skill building, imaginative :)

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123 Tracie Trump September 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I looked for well constructed toys that invite imaginative play, my fb is Michelle Trump and my email is tracietrump@yahoo.com

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124 christine jessamine September 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

i look for something thats both interactive and helps my daughter learn

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125 Missy September 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I look for toys that are fun but also have a learning element.

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126 Carolyn N. September 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

Toys they would enjoy that are safe and durable.
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127 maria September 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

ones good for self teaching and that won’t hurt them if not supervised all the time.

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