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Bilibo - The toy overflowing with imagination
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!
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.
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 Official Bilibo Website
For more information on the Bilibo, visit the official website.
Enjoying Their Bilibos
Watch how much kids enjoy these creative toys...
The Mini Bilibo
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
- Wadsworth Atheneum; Hartford, CT 2004
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Oklahoma OK 2004
- Carnegie Museum of Art; Pittsburgh PA 2004
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Bloggers Discuss Their Bilibos
- Bilibo Rocks (and Spins and Slides and Carries, too!)
by Lisa Clark
- A Funky Toy--The Bilibo
Two boys spin their way to fun
- Lilo and The Stitch: Bilibo Fun
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- Three drama queens and a little cowboy: Don't try this at home
We have a new source of entertainment in our house. How safe it really is, well, is still up for debate. However, it's produced squeals, giggles and laughter.