Baby First Blocks

First Building Blocks

Recently the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby First Blocks toy was the origin of a great story by a friend of the family.

Here’s what he had to say… 

Baby First Blocks

As my 14 month daughter works on getting the right shape in the right hole. It's true that sometimes she just gets frustrated and picks up the lid and throws the shapes in the bucket instead of sorting them, but when I play with her talk to her and ask her where each shape goes she really focuses and we get them together. She looks so proud of herself when she gets them right, too! But even when she is playing by herself and taking the lid off, it's still a very fun toy for her to put them all in, take them out, and do it all over again!

I sometimes feel I am the only bachelor on the face of this earth. Everyone seems to be getting married and having babies and I end up attending their birthdays, especially the first ones.  

The bother of having to go pick out presents for a kid who is barely born, drives me insane. I do not like to buy clothes since the size is never perfect and the toy alley usually results with me picking out a few video games for myself.  

So I decided to make life simpler and search the net, when it came to picking out something for my colleague’s 6 month old boy. 

What learning toy can you still get for under $10? 

I was not looking to spend too much and wanted to stick under the $10 mark so, was not sure if I would actually get a toy with some depth, so to speak.  The Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby First Blocks seem to catch my eye and the more pictures and reviews I read, the more I was convinced about the utility of the toy.  

“I immediately liked the different block shapes”  

Mostly I find that blocks come in a bucket and the child simply has to learn how to throw them back in or stack them up. Here the manufacturers had gone a step ahead and cut up the blocks into several shapes.  

So while the kid could play the traditional way, he could also learn the names of the various shapes, learn to put the corresponding shape in the matching cut on the lid of the bucket and much more.

“Even the colors are great… even though I would not be playing with them”  

Each block also had it own solid single primary colour, helping the child understand colour concepts better. I felt this toy offered much more than the hand eye co-ordination development that other baby blocks were stopping at. Here the kid’s mental and physical abilities were challenged extensively. 

“Are the Baby First Blocks really such a good learning toy?”  

I was not so sure if the toy would be able to hold the kid’s interest for very long; I mean how much can you do with a few blocks. So I decided to read up a few reviews too.  

There was a parent who stated that her daughter had been playing with these stacks for over a year now. She said that the child has learnt how to count using the blocks as an aid.

She also said that they simply open the lid of the bucket and throw in the blocks one by one while counting one, two, three and so one. I thought that was a cool idea.

“I liked this idea” 

Brilliant Baby Baby First Blocks - a great alternative!

Lately I realized how absolutely refreshing it is to still find toys that stimulate children without all the bells and whistles...flashing lights, singing, dancing, moving, vibrating. It's as though the toy manufacturers are doing back flips to get our attention. I really appreciate this classic toy. It is durable and educational without inundating us with noise! My son has loved this set since he was about 5 mos. old. He loved to practice taking the lid off and dumping the blocks out. Then I would place the blocks halfway through the holes and show him how to push them. He simply loved it. Now he is learning to identify the different shapes. I definitely recommend this product for babies, especially those who are already sitting. My sister's kids, age 20 mos. and 2 1/2 enjoy these blocks, too!

Another parent said that their three year old daughter used the blocks to draw the shapes out on paper.  

She would hold the blocks down and outline the triangle, star or square shape and then colour it up to match the colour of the block. It seemed to me like I had chosen a winner. 

“What about safety & storage?”  

Another huge concern I had was the size of the toy. I did not want it to be too small for the kid but also was not looking for something that cannot be stored easily.  

However, since the blocks fit inside the bucket, the product is only 5.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches and weighs no more than about one pound. 

“What I think about Baby First Blocks…”  

I have been mighty pleased with my purchase apart from one small problem, that now everyone in office thinks I am dating some girl who helped my pick out toy.  

But on a more serious note, I do recommend Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby First Blocks to those looking for a good safe, educational and stimulating toy for kids between the ages of 6 months to 3 years.