Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Wooden Building Blocks - Smarty, By Kubi Dubi

Nature/ Type:          Wooden building blocks with smart "connector" design  

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Recommended age:  3 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Young kids that enjoy building toys 

“Wooden Building Blocks - Smarty” from Kubi Dubi, as per its name, is one of the SMARTEST building blocks I have ever seen. It pushes the boundary, challenges the limitations of traditional blocks. Thank you, Happy Go Ducky for providing this for a review! 

Why I love ❤️ this toy: 

(1) Smart Connecting Joints - Kubi Dubi always thinks out of the “block”. The Smarty set comes with 67 wooden blocks in a sturdy tray - there are 5 cubes, 14 triangular blocks, and 48 long flat rectangular planks with special connectors. Most traditional building blocks requires careful alignment and stacking to support the distribution of weight. Some building toys overcome the issue of gravity by incorporating magnetic component within. Smarty, on the other hand, uses cleverly-designed joints to connect the planks; what I love most is the flexibility to move and adjust the angles of the attachment between blocks! The result is a series of models that have “sculptural quality” - structures that are impossible to be done using only ordinary blocks. We built a circular wheel by joining the planks and tilting each of them slightly to form a near “circle”. We created a standing structure of a star by taking full use of the connecting function. We also constructed a snake, a house with pitched roof that sloops downwards, and many other “hanging” creations that looked out of the world! 

(2) Natural Wood Material & Quality - The blocks are made of natural linden wood, carefully polished, and give a very natural tactual sensation. The craftsmanship is impressive; the attachments are tight enough to “hold up” the structures (the connection is especially tight when 4 planks are joined on all sides in 90 degree to form a square border); but they also leave sufficient space for little hands to wriggle and manipulate. My three-year-old is thrilled playing with these unusual blocks! 

(3) Imaginative Play - I love that the blocks are in good-size to build meaningfully structures that can be incorporated into small world play. The kids built a town where all buildings look a bit “crazy” and gravity-defying, and invited their animal friends to have a stay. This is a great toy for imaginative play! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

https://happygoducky.com.au/collections/kubi-dubi-australian-distributor/products/wooden-puzzle-blocks-smarty (Australia) 

https://kubidubi.com/ (Website) 

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1 comment:

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