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Bristle Blocks (R) Spinaroos (TM)

Bristle Blocks (R) Spinaroos (TM)

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: B. Toys (by Battat)
Price: $29.99

Though parents might thing that Bristle Blocks are only for little kids, we found that our older testers truly enjoyed this Bristle Blocks set. Spinaroos are so much more than basic Bristle Blocks. This is a large set, and in addition to the classic square and rectangular pieces, there were patterned pieces, pieces with faces (which some children labeled "alien heads"), three-legged pieces with rotating connections, and handles with rotating connections. Testers built complicated worlds and constructed elaborate play scenarios with the "aliens" as central characters. Older children will especially like creating mechanical systems using the rotating parts. The set is well worth the purchase price for long-term play value and for the younger set deserves to be rated as highly as traditional Lego building sets.

Emily Crawford   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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