Oct 26, 2011

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ImagineToys.com Rainbow Sound Blocks Review and Giveaway!

Can you name one toy in your child’s toy-box that they loved playing with as a young infant, and still loved playing with as a toddler?  It helps if the toy is not only entertaining to the child, but that it can teach them new skills at the same time!

The Rainbow Sound Blocks made by Wonderworld sold at Imaginetoys.com are a toy that strikes me as lasting years in our toy-box.  Since day one when I introduced the blocks to SAP she finds something new to do with them each time she pulls them out to play.  Many children love the challenge and joy of stacking and knocking over wooden blocks, now give them wooden blocks that are colorful, make noise, are different shapes and sizes, and can be fit and put together like a puzzle, and you’ll have a toy they will enjoy for years!

We were very happy to hear from Imaginetoys.com that Wonderworld had come out with the Rainbow Sound Blocks!  Wonderworld is a favorite toy company in our household for many reasons that I”m sure many of you know if you have read some of my toy reviews before (such as the Wonderworld Flower Stacker from ImagineToys.com I reviewed !)!  They have great company ethics concerning their environmental impact and plant a tree for every tree cut down to make their toys, and their packaging of their toys is made from at least 70% recycled content.  Besides their environmental ethics in how they run their company their toys are very much safe and toxin free!  The wood is of natural rubber trees that no longer produce latex and any paints used are water based non-toxic paints, safe for the environment and for your child’s health!

The Rainbow Sound Blocks have become a big hit in SAP’s toy-box since they arrived in our house!  There have been many days where she has pulled SAPsDaDa into her room to play blocks with her, and many times SAPsDaDa and I are making a meal together and start to wonder why SAP is so quiet (since this usually happens only when she is causing trouble!), only to rush into her room and find her contently stacking her Rainbow Sound Blocks into their wooden frame and dumping them out again!

SAP stacking the blocks into their frame with SAPsDaDa!  She just HAD to have him there with her, and of course the “door” to the frame had to open and close every time she dropped a block in!

It is hard to choose what SAP’s favorite feature of the blocks is since she uses them in so many different ways, but it seems she very much enjoys the wooden frame to stack the blocks into like a puzzle, figuring out how they fit, and opening/closing the wooden “door” on the top of the frame every time to put a new block in!  SAP has always had a love of jars with lids, boxes that close, and cabinets with their doors, so this is great entertainment for her to just be able to open and close the wooden frame!

SAP trying to figure out how the different shapes and sizes of the blocks fit into the frame…it’s like a puzzle!

SAPsDaDa and I of course have our own favorite “likes” of the blocks, and can’t seem to agree on them!  I love how each block has different sized and amounts of beads inside so they make different sounds!  SAP’s favorite instrument is the maraca and we have a “Samara Maraca!” song we sing and play with her often when SAPsNana is visiting so it is a lot of fun for me and her to shake the blocks and talk about the maraca sounds!

“It’s a maraca mommy!” as SAP shakes the rectangle blocks!  Evidently only the rectangles are “maraca” worthy?!

SAPsDaDa says he likes that the blocks have colored “windows” so you can look through them, though the color mixing does not work well this way as he had hoped.  SAP enjoys this too and runs around with some of the smaller rainbow blocks telling us she is looking through a “periscope!”  Such a smart little girl!  Of course we both agree that we absolutely love that they are made of non-toxic wood and do not have paint on them as we have had wooden toys in the past that contained lead and gave us a scare.  No more of that with these toys and a company we can trust!

SAP looking through her “periscope” and telling me “Mommy’s Yellow!”

Overall we are thrilled with the blocks, how could we imagine such a simple toy would get so much love and teach so many things?!  On Imaginetoys.com you can search for toys based on what skill you want your little one to learn and practice and even though these are filed under “Stack and Sort” blocks and construction toys they teach so much more!  Wonderworld lists skills such as eye-hand coordination, learning volume, sequencing and weight, but for us we use them every day in our Tot School activities for keeping SAP’s attention in teaching her colors, shapes, sizes, how things fit together, and we even try mixing colors somewhat by looking through two different colored blocks at once!  She’s still a bit young for that but I look forward to her learning that skill, not many toys can help with that!  Lately we have been experimenting with the colored blocks and light, shining the flashlight through the blocks to show the color on the wall, or a piece of paper!  This is very entertaining and will keep her busy for a long time, not to mention it makes me smile to see how excited she gets playing with them!

She made me laugh hard when she ran up to me with her “buggy” periscope eyes one day!

What SAPsMaMa Loves about the Rainbow Sound Blocks:

  • A toy that will entertain a child from a young age to an older age!
  • Teaches so many skills!!  Stacking, sorting, colors, shapes, sounds, weights, volume, etc.
  • Calls upon a child’s imagination…just look at how many different things SAP has come up with to play with them already!
  • Completely non-toxic and safe, free of any harmful chemicals
  • Made by a trustworthy company with great environmental ethics
  • Comes with it’s own “box” frame so it can easily be put away and pieces don’t get lost (easily at least!)

Suggestions For Improvement:

  • It would be an improvement if Wonderworld could make it so the blocks could be used for teaching color mixing, so when two different colored blocks are looked through you see the resulting color (such as the yellow and blue would make green!).  For the blocks now some of the color mixing works but some of it does not result in the correct color but more a “lighter” or “darker” shade of a color (blue and yellow would make a lighter blue).  So it’s an idea to work on!
  • The blocks are recommended for 2 years old and up, I know many 1 year olds that would love playing with these blocks and find them very safe (not small enough to be considered a choke hazard), I would suggest changing the age recommendation so parents looking for blocks for their younger child will consider these blocks over others that may offer less!

Meet ImagineToys.com

Imagine Toys is a specialty toy store guided by a mission of providing quality toys that encourage children to use their imaginations.  We’re picky about hte toys we select and strive to offer unique toys and accessories that are fresh and different from what you might find at a mass-market toy store.  Imagine Toys buyers are parents themselves and have taken the time to test products with children of appropriate age to make sure our products offer plenty of fun and educational play value.

Connect With Imaginetoys.com

Website: http://www.imaginetoys.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imaginetoys

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ImagineToys

Buy It

You can purchase the Rainbow Sound Blocks and many other educational toys at Imaginetoys.com!

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Imaginetoys.com would love to give one SAPsMaMa follower a set of Rainbow Sound Blocks for their little one!

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  1. I like that they work like a puzzle also
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  3. hippie4ever says:

    I like the sound factor and the color.

  4. I love that you don’t just build with them, but that they’re a puzzle as well!

  5. Love the 70% recycled content. Way to go!

  6. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I htink dd would love the colors! I love that they all fit in the box for storage!

  7. Heidi Goodyear says:

    The variety of shapes and colors is wonderful!
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  8. My little man loves anything that makes noise:)

  9. My son would love the colors in the blocks and just that they are blocks. He loves blocks.

  10. I love that there is so much to these blocks! They make sounds, they are colorful, they are different shapes. That all helps learn several different skills from 1 block set.

  11. On itti bitti I like the bitti tutto.

  12. My grandson loves blocks!

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  13. JoAnna Kane says:

    I love that she can do different things with the same blocks so she won’t get bored as fast

  14. JoAnna Kane says:

    I love the minkee changing pad

  15. Sarah Walker says:

    I love that I can let my child play with these blocks and not worry about harmful chemicals or splinters.

  16. I love that you are able to see through them. My sons would love the different sounds they make.

  17. Love the Itti Bitti diaper. Would love to try these for my little girl due in Feb.

  18. Commented on your pumpkin picking. Super cute.

  19. I love that it promotes learning through play

  20. I love the visual part of them. My little guy uses his sense of sight to explore the most, and these block would make his explorations even more fun & interesting.

  21. I love the simplicity of these blocks.

  22. I love that they are education and safe.

  23. These are just what I’ve been looking for for my little ones.
    Soo fun!

  24. Alli is in a stacking stage. Just this weekend I taped her stacking some. She also making music. These blocks would be perfect 😉

  25. Jacqui Odell says:

    Both my son and daughter would love these!

  26. Jacqui Odell says:

    I like the minkee blanket. Also I forgot to enter what they would like and it’s the sounds!

  27. I love that they have different sounds and don’t require batteries 🙂

  28. my daughter would love stackng them

  29. I like ALLL the cloth diapes on Itti bitti and wet bags 🙂

  30. Alexis K. says:

    I love that you can look through them and see the different colors.

  31. Alexis K. says:

    I would love one of their Luxury Wetbags!

  32. love the colors they have on the blocks

  33. i love the minkee blankies from itti bitti’s

  34. Well, I love that they are natural wood. I’m a HUGE fan of natural wood toys & that is a large majority of the toy collection that my son currently has. It helps them use their imagination more than all of those horribly annoying loud & spazzy toys that flood the market these days. My son would love that they are colorful & see through!

  35. My son would really love the Illuma Bot Motorized set! We love robots in our house! I even made him 4 curtain panels for his room a few months ago with vintage robots!!

  36. Stephanie G says:

    My kids would love that they could look through the blocks and see different colors!

  37. I love the different colors and shapes!

  38. my daughter would love the sounds!

  39. I always loved building things and think it teaches creativity and problem solving in a fun way at an early age. LOVE that they make sounds!

  40. Heidi Daily says:

    I love that the blocks are transparent

  41. my son will love that they make noise!!

  42. I’d love these for my son as they would be his first block set! So cute!

  43. My boyfriend’s grandson would love these blocks because he loves colorful things that make noise!

  44. Darlene Owen says:

    Blocks were my sons favorite toy when he was small, now he has a son that I am sure will love just as much.

  45. Darlene Owen says:

    I would be interested in their minkes blankees

  46. Shannon Foust says:

    He’ll love the different colors and shapes. He loves putting things together and figuring out how they work.

  47. My 12 month old LOVES blocks and I love the colors. I think that he would really enjoy them

  48. I like the itti bitti changing pads

  49. I love that these are safe and eco friendly!

  50. Love that these blocks teach so many things: colors, shapes, etc. They leave the learning process open for so many possibilities.