We are huge fans of the Moluk design brand and I can not recommend these open ended toys more.
So you can imagine our excitement when Straight_zigzag sent Hamish the latest product – Building Genius.
This soft, safe, silicone construction toy comprises of 3 of each of the brands popular products – Mox, Hix and Oibo.
Truly toys that grow with your child and can be used from baby stage.
With so many uses.
- Your baby 0 -1 year can grasp and sense.
- Toddlers 1-3 can stack and build.
- Children 3 – 12 can imagine and invent.
We spent some time exploring the products and using them in lessons to:
- count objects
- sort colours and shapes
- identify shapes
- do maths sums
We also used them in play….
- Hamish used them in free play with water to experiment with volume
- we turned the hix into boats and see who could blow them across the bilibo fastest
- he rolled the mox balls to the bilibo
- practised throwing and catching with them
- and he played with them using his imagination creating robots
The hix fold into 3 sizes and are great for fine motor development as your child manipulates the silicone into it’s different sizes.
The mox balls have groves that could look like eyes and slits which Hamish calls a mouth. You can post items inside for your child to get out or let them squeeze the sides to open the mouth.
The oibo are also flexible and the mox fit inside. Hamish loves to pop the balls in and manipulate the sides of the oibo to get them out.
How to use the Building genius in lessons
Nothing excites me more than a toy we can use in lessons, mostly because I know that I will immediately have Hamish’s full attention and that he will grasp the concept a lot faster because he is enthusiastic to play.
I jumped straight in by introducing the building genius to our next maths lessons.
We’ve been working on sizes and Hamish categorized the hix into:
– small, medium and large
-big, bigger, biggest
-small, smaller, smallest
Next we reinforced categorizing and sorting by placing the items on a piece of paper to match the colours.
Lastly we reinforced shape names and properties by looking at the hix, mox and obio and discussing what shape they were and how many sides each had. Then Hamish grouped each onto a piece of paper with its corresponding shape.
Using familiar objects and favourite toys in learning activities makes learning a concept much more enjoyable.
So, although Hamish loves to build and create his own items with this lovely set, he also loves to add them to his learning time.
I love the possibilities of play and learning that this set of toys offer and can’t wait to share the new and innovative ways we find to introduce them into our every day learning and play