When Karen from Straight Zig Zag dropped off our Bilibo product review pack, I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. At face value it looked like a big bowl with 6 small brightly coloured bowls and some little round pieces.
I wanted to read about it properly before letting the kids play with it but they grabbed it and I quickly realised they didn’t have to read the instructions before knowing what to do with it (and also, there aren’t really instructions).
Basically this toy set allows children to use their imagination.
Jack immediately grabbed the big Bilibo and really had the best fun spinning around in it, he would watch TV while spinning, or just randomly start spinning. He thought it was the coolest thing. He also turned into a tortoise by putting it on his back, again with no prompting from me at all. One of the other uses is turning it upside down and balancing on it or if you have more than one you can step from one to the next working on balance. He will go get it out of the toy room daily and do something with it.
The little bowls visually appealed to me, remember my love of the Brother Max bowls, also based on the bright colours. Again there are some guidelines as to what you can do with them but there are no rules as such but kids actually don’t need them. Kiara took control and the three of them spent ages playing a variety of games with the bowls and the little chips.
One of the suggested games is tiddly winks, you can make the chips jump into the corresponding coloured bowl. You can get a ball and throw between two bowls or use them in the bath and use them to teach colours in a fun way. Emma really enjoys them, the other day while I was working I turned to see what she was doing and she was placing the chips into the corresponding colour bowl. I had not shown her to do this, she was just doing it on her own. (Isn’t she the cleverest child?)
To be honest, this toy set is not something I would grab off the shelf when looking for Christmas gifts but it actually should be. It is not a noisy toy that sings stupid songs or a toy claiming to educate, this toy does actually do that AND for me, the biggest selling point is that it encourages imagination. My kids, Emma, Jack and Kiara, often take these toys to play with and each time they do something different which is what kids should be doing.