Goldie Blox Creative Construction Toys for Girls
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.
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
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?
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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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
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?
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.
Depending on their age, help the budding engineers in your life build the float seven different ways, or turn them loose to devise their own configurations.
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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?