We all know that we should minimize screen time for toddlers and preschoolers, but that’s easier said than done, right? I get it, I really do. As a busy parent of two, I often hand over their LeapPad or my phone so I can make dinner, get some housework done, or keep the kids from getting into trouble while we’re out and about. I’m not prepared to do away with this tool entirely, but my resolution for the New Year is for all of us to spend more time actively playing and less time in front of a screen.
Mega Bloks are a fantastic way to encourage less screen time and more experiential play and learning! According to Alyson Schafer, internationally renowned therapist, author and parenting expert, “Free play is the natural way our brains are meant to grow and that’s why Mega Bloks construction toys are so beneficial to a child’s development. A simple task like stacking Mega Bloks teaches children how to widen the base to support a taller stack, the feeling of teetering and stability, persistence and patience in building, while receiving social encouragement.”
Mega Bloks allow for structured as well as creative play and keep playtime fun and engaging for toddlers and preschoolers. The open-ended nature of these construction toys means they’re appropriate for and appeal to a wide range of ages. Stack them, knock them down, rinse and repeat! Build the picture on the box, or design something completely new.
Want to learn more about how playtime helps your toddler develop creative, cognitive, social, and language skills, and get tips to help you encourage your kids to play more?
In the meantime, check out these holiday gift ideas from Mega Bloks’ First Builders series of toys, guaranteed to get your toddler or preschooler down on the floor playing and learning at the same time.
Friendly Farm ($39.99)
It’ll be a big day of fun in the country for little farm hands thanks to the Mega Bloks Friendly Farm. Its eight panel-style blocks help children build taller and faster. Re-arranging the panels lets them build the farm in different ways. Imaginative play for children continues with detailed blocks that bring the farm scene to life. Including a barn, stables, a chicken coop and characters.
ABC Spell School Bus ($16.99)
Grab a seat on the friendly ABC Spell School Bus! This interactive playset includes everything you need to introduce your child to the wonders of learning, building, and imagination! Build this friendly, smiling school bus with the provided wheelbase, brightly colored First Builders blocks and sticker sheet, and help your child match letters with pictures of everyday objects. Big colorful blocks designed specially for little hands makes learning their ABC’s fun for your little one. With over 40 pieces, including two sturdy building plates with wheels, little ones can build the bus any way they imagine.
Big Building Bag ($19.99)
Mega Bloks’ original hero product, the award-winning Big Building Bag offers amazing play value and hours of fun. Its bright-coloured blocks encourage hands-on exploration as children imagine and create. These unique blocks are big and easy for little fingers to assemble, and when playtime is over, return the blocks to their eco-friendly bag and stash them in the toy box until the next adventure.
Block Scooping Wagon ($39.99)
Little builders can expect lots of fun surprises with the brand new Block Scooping Wagon! This colorful classic combines wagon play and construction fun with an element of surprise. The wagon picks up blocks as your little one pushes the wagon over them. The blocks spin around inside the clear compartment as a child pushes the wagon along on its big sturdy wheels. This wagon certainly makes clean-up part of the fun!
Move ‘n Groove Caterpillar ($29.99)
Get ready to discover wiggly fun and musical sounds with the Move ‘n Groove Caterpillar. Pull this adorable wheeled caterpillar along, and music will play as building bases magically appear on its back! This happy little critter comes with seven blocks in new colours and patterns, as well as an adorable buildable bumblebee that little ones can stack on the caterpillar’s back for building on the go!
Canadian-made in Montreal at North America’s largest toy factory, Mega Bloks are the perfect building blocks for early childhood learning and assist with physical, creative, cognitive, social and language development.
Mega Bloks are sold at all major retailers including Toys R Us, Walmart, Sears, Real Canadian Super Stores, and Amazon.
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