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Goldie Blox Creative Construction Toys for Girls

Updated on August 19, 2014
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Grandmother to four and Granny Nanny to two, Kathryn researches every baby shower gift, children's toy, book and clothing well before buying

Goldie Blox Engineering Toys - Hottest new toys for girls

Goldie Blox are so hot, in fact, that they were featured in a $4 million 30-second Super Bowl ad last winter.

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Will the little girl in your life be the first to own this set?

Are you like me? Every time I go into a toy store with my granddaughters, I am dismayed at the rows and rows of pink for girls. Princess dolls. Princess costumes. Princess games. Barbie dolls with pink cars, pink houses, pink ball gowns and tons of pink accessories.

My granddaughters are not one-dimensional. Where are the fun, creative toys? Enter Goldie blox Engineering Toys for girls. I about jumped out of my seat last spring when my local news station featured the toys on air.

Why are Goldie Blox so exciting? Because they give our girls the opportunity to design, engineer and build fascinating gizmos, buildings, landscapes.

The toys take advantage of girls' innate language and communication abilities to develop and strengthen their math and engineering skills--all while providing them with hours of creative play and fun.

There's more to the story. Read on.

Available now! - We got ours in time for granddaughter's birthday and she loves it

The prototype I saw on the news last year was beige, green and brown--neutral colors. No pink! How cool is that?

The final version in stores everywhere now, is pink, purple and blue. That's because the manufacturer found that our daughters and granddaughters are so accustomed to those colors that they had to introduce these concepts with what's familiar.

They wanted our pastel-ingrained princesses to feel comfortable playing with the toys and learning new concepts. I'm not sure I buy that, but hey, they did the Harvard studies before picking their color scheme. They tested it, and they believe they got it right.

Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine - A heroine, a dog in distress and the creative machine she builds to rescue him

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It starts with our heroine, Goldie, and a storybook that tells the tale of her little dog and his plight and shows how she builds her fabulous machine to rescue him.

Our little girls read the story and construct a similar machine that works, right along with Goldie. Then they take it apart and re-design it dozens of ways.

Pastel or not, what do you think? - Is Goldie Blox a cool construction toy for girls?

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I'm ordering one for each of my older granddaughters, and I can't wait to see what the next toy in the series will be. What do you think? Ready to buy?

Will you purchase a Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine kit for the girls in your life?

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It came!

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The package arrived - Copyright L Kathryn Grace, all rights reserved

It's here!
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Here it is, in the box, just in time for our granddaughter's birthday. She loves it!

Forbes magazine says ...

While you drive around in your glam pink convertible, GoldieBlox will grow up one day and revinvent your future ride.

as quoted by Goldie Blox

Our first original configuration

Our first spinning design - Copyright L Kathryn Grace
Our first spinning design - Copyright L Kathryn Grace

The first time we played with the toy, we followed Goldie Blox and her adventure in helping her dog chase his tail.

Then we used our imagination to try new things. We ran into a few snags with this configuration. We wanted to run the spinning barrel on it's side and soon learned it cannot work that way. The arm does not clear the platform. (Physics and spatial understanding)

Then we turned the receiving barrel on its side. We discovered we need to space out the other spinning wheels to give the belt room to make its folds. (Growing more physics and spatial skills.)

Plus, we told stories about Goldie Blox and her friends as each mounted their spinning wheel. They took turns climbing aboard and spinning. Wheeeeee!

The video that stirred up a storm

The engineering feats these girls pull off in this vid are so much fun. I kept having to hit re-play to see how they did that, and that and that! This video originally aired with a Beastie Boys parody. The Beastie Boys made them take the song out, but I think they should have let them use it. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, don't the all-knowing They say?

What fun these little girls have with their inventions

Goldie Blox took down their parody - And replaced it with an instrumental

Did Goldie Blox overstep when they parodied that old Beastie Boys song?

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New! Help Ruby and Goldie build their parade float

Continuing to use familiar themes to introduce math and engineering skills and concepts, Goldie Blox developed this fun new storybook and construction set. Goldie and her BFF Ruby, who is a princess, build the float they will ride in the parade.

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My granddaughters love to play with blocks. Our five-year-old is a budding architect for sure. I know she will enjoy the engineering and construction aspects of Goldie Blox. How do you think this toy would fit in the play world of the children in your life?

What do you think of this brand new concept for girls? - Please sign my guestbook and share your thoughts

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    • ecogranny profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      @valerie-moselle: Indeed. Have you seen them? They're really neat.

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      valerie-moselle 

      4 years ago

      Cool toys for girls! Finally!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      @OhMe: Thank you for stopping by and for saying so. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed reading this and learning about the Goldie Blox Creative Construction Toys for Girls

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      @toshia lm: You're welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

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      toshia lm 

      4 years ago

      nice lens thank you for sharing

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Diana Wenzel: You are welcome, and I've known a number of people, including myself, who say fantabulous when the moment is right. It's got that kick, yes?

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      @SheGetsCreative: So cool. Thank you.

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      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love it! Don't have any little girls to buy it for, but passing on to a friend who has two nieces that are definitely NOT one-dimensional. ;)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Fantabulous. Okay, I engineered that word. I always wanted the kind of creative toys that my brother received as gifts (architectural style toys). It's about time we think outside the pink. Love this concept. Thanks for introducing this line of toys to me. I see a lot of potential here. Cheers!

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      Sue-DN 

      5 years ago

      Definitely one for my grand-daughter when she's old enough. As my daughter says (jokingly!) "She can be anything she wants as long as it's in science". (When my daughter is in a large supermarket she likes to discreetly move 2 or 3 copies of 'New Scientist' magazine and place them in front of the 'celebrity' type magazines!)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      @anonymous: Tipi, hello! So nice to see your name here. We surely are having fun with ours. Do let me know, if you gift your grandchildren with one of these, how they like it.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I fell in love at first sight...love the idea and the pastels and the hours of creative fun, I have two granddaughters that would and I'm thinking my grandson would sure enjoy being invited to play along! Also, I have a new granddaughter as of last week....sweetness!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      @shewins: I've never seen a pink vacuum cleaner either, although I did have a white and lavender electric broom at one time. I agree that pink helps to socialize both our girls and our boys to the idea that housework is girl's, and by adulthood, women's work. It's going to take some work, but we must keep changing that!

      My daughters loved to play with Legos and trucks and tractors, which we bought for them, and never thought of them as not girly enough, but these days, the toy stores and makers have drawn a huge pink line in the store and in our children's minds. It's a discouraging trend, for sure.

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      shewins 

      5 years ago

      At first I was put off by the colors. That pink thing is just out of hand. My grandson is fascinated by the vacuum cleaner, when I tried to get him a toy one I couldn't find one that wasn't pink. What's the deal? I've never seen a real vacuum that was pink. Are we training our kids to think vacuuming is just for girls? I'm glad to hear that this toy really is designed for a girl, not just in girl colors, although I think girls also like to play with "boy" construction toys, and boys might like to play with this toy too.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      @ismeedee: Thank you for the visit. We had a blast with it the day she opened the present. I'm thinking of getting another for our house so the grandkids can play with it when they're here. I admit, I have an ulterior motive there: I want to play with it too!

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      ismeedee 

      5 years ago

      First time I've seen this. I don't have any little girls to buy it for, but it does look fun and a great way to enhance imagination.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      @anonymous: Thank you for stopping by! Actually, it's for 6 and older, but I think my 5-year old granddaughters will do just fine with it.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      My GGs are all so creative... I think they'll love this! It looks like it's for preschoolers, but reads like it's for the early ed kids too. Can't wait to play with it with them!

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