Congrats to our winner Raejean!
We live in a house in which every square inch is filled with a toy of some kind and yet ask my five year-old son where the Batman figure his aunt bought him three years ago is and within three minutes he will produce it for you. I guess when your most pressing concern is should I eat a sandwich with peanut butter and jelly or just jelly, there's likely lots of room in his noggin for a meticulous inventory of all his toys! (Ask me where my house keys are and it will likely take me an hour to locate them).
But of all of my son's belongings (unlike my daughter who never even ventured near a block or building toy apparatus of any kind- not that we didn't try to engage her in that type of play it simply wasn't her cup of tea) he's in love (to the point of obsession) with his building and construction toys. And his most recent obsession is with NANOBLOCKS!
What are NANOBLOCKS you ask? Developed in Tokyo, Nanoblocks which is the world's smallest toy building blocks, employ a patented double feather design to lock pieces firmly together. Each set includes 150 to more than 500 pieces.Bottom line: These micro-sized building blocks will enable kids to execute even the finest details like never before!
Why will kids go GAGA for Nanoblocks? They can create 3D works of animal art withe their Two sized sets; the “Mini Series,” featuring different animals ranging from dogs to koala bears, and the “Sites to See” series including the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower.
The thing is, my little Jack is not much of a conversationalist- I can ask him very pointed questions and usually he'll grant me a few words, but unlike my daughter who after a simple question can rattle off a jam-packed with detail answer and then engage me in a conversation- my Jack would rather build.
When he's among his building stuff, aka, all his toys and currently his NANOBLOCKS, he is in his element, in the zone and he can regale me with the details of his very elaborate constructions. And while he's creating these magnificent constructions- he loves to talk and answer questions about his Knex cities, cars, buildings and towers. And for that I'm grateful.
Not only do these NANOBLOCK sets help with his hand eye coordination, critical thinking skills (should the red piece or blue piece go there) and his imagination-” Mommy come see what I made- and let me tell you all about it..) but they foster a bond between us and provides a level playing field where he feels comfortable opening up to me and sharing ( albeit about these characters and civilizations he's building).
But at least it's a start and a way for us to connect – that doesn't involve iCarly (his current other obsession). In fact, I'm convinced his being enamored with the iCarly crew has a lot to do with the fact that one of the characters is always building something new.
So we will continue to build with Nanoblocks and build our relationship simultaneously–being a mama to a boy is most definitely an experience.
And because I love to share, I'm giving away one NANOBLOCKS site to see set (winner chooses which one they want) to one lucky The Staten Island Family reader. For a chance to win leave a comment here with your child's favorite toy. For a second entry you can like The Staten Island Family on Facebook and for a third entry you can follow Madijack on twitter and retweet this giveaway.
Good luck-giveaway ends October 18th at 12 midnight EST!