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Bilibo - The toy overflowing with imagination

Updated on December 10, 2015

Design and Imagination meet at Bilibo

Bilibo is a toy that becomes whatever it is you imagine it to be. It is specifically designed to feed into the ways that children like to play, and it encourages them to use their imagination. It is a place to put things, a place to hide things, a place to sit, a bucket, a drum, a pool toy, a snow toy, a sled, a turtle shell, a tunnel, a helmet, a cradle, and much more.

Bilibo was developed by Swiss Designer Alex Hochstrasser in consultation with leading experts like Prof. Remo H Larfo from the University Children's Hosipital Zurich.

I've watched several kids enjoy this toy - and they've all done different things with it. It makes for a great toy at Grandma's house because it sparks creativity and imagination and acts as many different things (so Grandma doesn't need to store too many toys).

Experience the Bilibo

Look at all the things a creative child can do with a bilibo!

The Bilibo

Kid o Bilibo Red
Kid o Bilibo Red

At first this toy may look simple, but the more you play with it, the more you realize the shear genius in this design. It is extremely strong and durable, while being light enough for a child to easily carry.

The bilibo provides the following developmental benefits: intrapersonal, spatial, logical, and physical. In addition, the bilibo encourages manipulative play, dramatic play, and active play.

 
Bilibo used as a turtle shell
Bilibo used as a turtle shell

What is bilibo?

The Bilibo is for children of various ages. Based on their age and interests, children will use the Bilibo in different ways.

For instance, toddlers may use the Bilibo to fill with items and then dump out, while older kids may use it for spinning or rocking, or silly races.

The Bilibo is great for pretend play, in which it will transform into a turtle shell, a drum, a cooking pot, or a ship. It even acts as a tunnel for cars, and a hiding place for just about anything.

Take it outside and you'll have a beach toy, a sled, or a chair.

The Possibilities Are Endless

The Possibilities Are Endless
The Possibilities Are Endless

Enjoying Their Bilibos

Watch how much kids enjoy these creative toys...

The Mini Bilibo

Moluk Mini Bilibos Baby Toy
Moluk Mini Bilibos Baby Toy

As with the regular size bilibo, two mini-bilibos will align like puzzle pieces perfectly forming a cute smiling face.

If you have more than two bilibos, you will find that they stack perfectly inside each other.

 

The Award Winning Bilibo

The Bilibo has won many awards for its use and design:

  • Toy of the Year - UK Good Toy Awards 2006
  • Deutscher Lernspielpreis, Auswahlliste 2003
  • Dr. Toy, 10 Best Active Products 2002
  • Spiel Guy - Arbeitsausschuss Kinderspiel 2002
  • Design Distinction - I.D. 2002 Design Review
  • Swiss product Design Award 2002
  • Design Preis Schweiz 01 Distinction
  • Swiss Federal Award for Design 2001
It was also used in museum exhibits at:
  • Wadsworth Atheneum; Hartford, CT 2004
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Oklahoma OK 2004
  • Carnegie Museum of Art; Pittsburgh PA 2004

Building Imagination

If you value toys that help your child to build their imagination, and skills of creativity, then you may be interested in these great toys, which all promote imaginative play through building.

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      OneHappyFeet 4 years ago

      Never saw it until today!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Interesting toy, indeed - would have been fun to have one when I was a kid!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So many uses for just one toy. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy April Fool's Day

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      Samantha Devereux 6 years ago from Columbia Mo

      @groovyfind: So cool I had to come back for a blessing!

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      I have never seen a toy that can be fun in soo many different ways! Great and simple concept! Thanks for doing this lens..Now I would keep my eyes open in the toy store more...

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      Samantha Devereux 6 years ago from Columbia Mo

      I Love these things!

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      This looks like a wonderful toy! :) I'm sure my little girl wouldn't mind to have it! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Never hear of this toy, it looks interesting. Thank you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well this Bilibo looks like a great toy for a child to use their imagination with!

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      The things they can think of today. Looks like loads of fun.

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Oh, gosh, Stephanie!

      I think we have very different opinions on this.

      Water up their nose? you can't be serious.

      If your kid is spinning next to the cabinet, just tell them to move into the center of the room. If you are afraid of them falling off a 12 inch high piece of plastic, then throw a few pillows around them - but imagine how improved their balance will be once they've mastered it.

      I don't think you can compare what is essentially a curvy oversized bowl with no sharp corners to metal lawn darts.

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      Stephanie 8 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Great Lens! Very nice work. 5*

      However, I think this toy is a little crazy! Judging by the pictures for uses, it's something to spin in (a quick trip to the ER with a goose egg on the head), something to poor water with (water up the nose), something ....rounded.... to stand on (another trip to the ER with a broken arm) and a toy box!

      What were these people thinking. It's cute and looks fun but at the same time it looks dangerous.

      By all means your lens is great and I don't mean this as anything bad against your lens....just seems like an accident waiting to happen. Remember the huge metal darts that were made to throw in the air....

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      This looks like a fabulous inveniton and I'm getting one (at least one), for sure. Not for me, silly. For my grandkids :).

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