Brain Blox

The following is a review of Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks from Brain Blox with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. 

Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks are unique New Zealand pine blocks that can be stacked and arranged way beyond basic forms. At first I thought they would be a fun open ended toy for us to offer young guests, which they are. But as we started reading more about them and trying them out for ourselves we learned they also offer more complex challenges even for my older children and me. 

Before our box of 200 Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks arrived, I received a helpful email from the owner of the Brain Blox company sharing creative ways to use their blocks. Brian Sweet shared that he and his wife Christine are also a homeschool family. He shared this link: https://mybrainblox.com/pages/free-stuff-for-blocks to free resources including printable build ideas. They have visual perceptual challenges, brain puzzles, and complex 3D designs. Once we received the blocks and tried them out for ourselves, we came up with even more ideas of our own. 

The brain blox wooden building planks are uniformly cut smooth thin rectangular pine blocks. They offer three different size boxes containing 100, 200, or 300 Blox. We received the box of 200 Brain Blox. Each box of Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks also includes a brochure of ideas and a big red canvas bag for convenient block storage. Each rectangular block is 120 mm long by 24 mm wide by 8 mm thick. (That is appropriately 4 and 3/4 inches long.) 

I encouraged my son to try them out without giving him any directions. He opened the box and said “That’s not how gravity works” when looking at the robot made of blocks pictured in the enclosed brochure. He then immediately built his own gravity defying creation. He also noticed “It doesn’t smell like pine.” It was fun to watch him and see his own unique designs. 

Gravity-defying tower!

We poured out the box of blocks on the floor for siblings of my daughter’s piano students to play with during lessons. I included a small table and the same brochure originally included with the box. Some of the kids tried recreating the pictures. Others demonstrated more vivid imaginations. One kept putting them in my hands with instructions like “build a dog.” 

These blocks provide open ended creative play for all ages. The Brain Blox company’s “toys for happy brains” also includes Family Fun Chess which others on the Homeschool Review Crew reviewed. (Click the link below and then back to view the post before it to read the crew’s Family Fun Chess reviews.)

I have enjoyed seeing what other Homeschool Review Crew families have created with Brain Blox as they shared pictures on Instagram. Connect with Brain Blox online: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mybrainblox
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brainblox
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpUttakNtthj_haX8LwRlwA 

and be sure to tell them hi from Jennifer at A Glimpse of Our Life. 

Click here to read more reviews and see what others on the crew made with Brain Blox:

Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks {Brain Blox Reviews}

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