We’re heading into summer, and after a few months already spent at home, my kids are itching for some new things to do. As easy as it is to indulge their appetite for screen time, I’ve still been pushing them in the direction of continuing their learning at home. Bonus points for helping them learn without realizing it, too!
E-Blox is a new brand that is taking children’s playing and learning to a new level, and what many people are referring to as the best LEGO enhancers on the market. E-Blox was founded by a father and two sons, with the goal of offering a new generation of educational toys through STREAM education (Science, Technology, Reading/wRiting, Engineering, Arts and Math).
With E-Blox plug-together bricks and modules, kids can build dozens of toys and games that light up and make sounds. Examples include a robot with flashing eyes, a pet that makes sound, a real working FM radio, an airplane propeller that spins, among many others. The best part? They’re compatible with all the LEGO bricks you already have!
E-Blox sent me an item from their Circuit Blox line (the other two product lines are Power and Story). This line helps children 8+ years learn about electricity, current and voltage through fun projects that incorporate lights, alarms, switches and LED lights.
My son was so excited to open the Circuit Blox 72 and give it a try! He has a brain for toys like this, and while he’s aware enough to realize that he’s learning while putting together the different products, he doesn’t mind because he’s having so much fun.
The Circuit Blox 72 comes with 35 different parts that can be used to make 72 different projects including a Nerve Tester, Hand Crank Generator Backup Power Source, and lots more. All your child has to do is follow the instructions in the manual provided.
It took my son a while, but he did eventually put together all 72 projects (not at the same time, of course!). This definitely kept his interest for quite a while and intrigued his younger sisters, too. We haven’t yet tried it along with LEGO bricks, but it seems like it would be easy enough to incorporate other bricks, as long as the circuit bricks are in a position that allows them to do what they are supposed to do.
This building blocks kit for kids includes a maze, hand-crank generator, press switch, push-button switch, reed switch, lamp, LEDs, alarm, and other parts and accessories. It requires 3 “AA” batteries.