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For some kids, this may be the one toy to rule them all.
<p><strong>Toy Description</strong></p> <p>Made of a thick, recyclable, very durable plastic, the shell shaped Bilibo can be used in a variety of ways. Two holes on one side can be used as finger holds, or as an opening to string through rope.</p> <p>Dimensions: 16 X 16 X 9in</p> <p><strong>Play</strong></p> <p>Sit in it, wobble in it, spin in it, stand on it, jump over it, hide under it, push it, pull it, toss in some water or fill it with sand. There is no set purpose for the Bilibo, so children can use it however they see fit.</p> <p><strong>Observations</strong></p> <p>Designed without any specific intended method of play, users report being impressed with the new ways children invent to interact with this toy. Quite satisfied with this toy, users frequently report very positive feedback, often saying they have, or intend to, purchase another Bilibo either for their own home or as a gift for another.</p> <p>Based on feedback, there seems to be no single &#39;most popular&#39; way for children to use the toy, though there are several favorites. Sitting in the toy requires the child to pay attention to balancing, and many children enjoy doing this while watching TV. Some children spin around while seated, and this is a great indoor alternative for children who desire this kind of stimulation. Some children found this toy makes a great bowl for chips, snacks, and cereal. Trying to crawl under the toy also seems enjoyable.</p> <p>Balancing in the toy can help develop greater body awareness, as well as increase muscle tone and improve coordination skills.</p> <p>Climbing on the toy, or setting up several in a row and walking across them like river stones is another common use. The toy is durable enough to hold the weight of a medium sized adult (around 150lbs) without trouble.</p> <p>The toy can also be used as a mold in sand pits, or to carry water. It floats, so it makes a great boat. Of course, when water is not available, the smooth plastic material allows the toy to slide across wooden floors.</p> <p>Most users reported no damage to wooden floors. We advise wiping down the toy with a damp cloth before playing on wooden floors, just to ensure there is no sand or grit on the toy that could act as an abrasive material. A few users with very old (100 years or more) wooden floors said the toy scuffed the wood. We trust users to know what their floors can handle.</p> <p>Users that obtained a Bilibo several years ago report the toy still looking almost brand new. They have not cracked, dented, warped, or lost color.</p> <p>The main, and only, complaint with this toy is that some children simply show no interest. Some children thought it made an adequate place to keep other toys, such as dolls, but found no overall fun in directly interacting with the toy. This does not mean those children are less creative, or less imaginative. As with all toys, some pique a child&#39;s interest while others do not.</p> <p>Toys stack together, making storage easy.</p> <p><strong>Parts and Pieces</strong></p> <p>Not applicable. No additional parts are needed.</p> <p><strong>Care</strong></p> <ul> <li>Wipe down with a damp cloth</li> <li>Hose down outside</li> <li>Toss into the bath</li> </ul> <p>For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, <a href="/Blogs1/The-Cleaning-Guide-for-Toys.htm" linktype="8" target="_self">The Cleaning Guide for Toys</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Concerns</strong></p> <p>We have no concerns regarding the safety or durability of the toy. As mentioned above in Observations, some children simply do not find this toy particularly interesting.&nbsp;</p>
Bilibo
Date published: 2016-03-01
9.00 / 10 stars

Bilibo

by Moluk
current stage2016-03-01

The simpler a toy’s design, the more children have to use their imagination to play with it. The Bilibo has no instructions, no batteries, no sounds or lights. Children get to decide what to do with the unique shell shape, which as it turns out, is a lot.

Getting great reviews, this toy has been a big hit with kids and their adults since its release in 2001. We found no reason to question the toy’s durability or even entertainment value. However, as with all toys, there are some kids who just don’t really care for it. 

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Overall9.00
This measure how often, for how long, and how many different ages will play with this toy. A great toy will be loved for years, and is still wanted as the child grows.
Replay
  • 9.00
 
This measures the quality of the materials and production processes used.
Quality
  • 10.00
 
This scores how well a toy encourages critical thinking, pattern recognition, and memory improvement.
Cognitive
  • 8.00
 
Including both gross and fine motor skills, this measure how much this toy engages and challenges physical mobility, body awareness, and coordination.
Motor
  • 8.00
 
This measures how likely a toy is to spark social play between children or how well it teaches socially healthy behavior.
Social
  • 2.00
 

Product Specs

Age 2+
Made in China
Recalls No
Batteries None
Materials Plastic
Choking Hazard None
Date Reviewed 02/09/2016

Where to Buy

Amazon $30.00
Pros
  • Extremely durable
  • Facilitates imaginative play
  • Promotes body awareness and balance
  • Helps satisfy the need to burn off energy while indoors

 

Cons
  • Some children may have no interest whatsoever
Detailed Review

Toy Description

Made of a thick, recyclable, very durable plastic, the shell shaped Bilibo can be used in a variety of ways. Two holes on one side can be used as finger holds, or as an opening to string through rope.

Dimensions: 16 X 16 X 9in

Play

Sit in it, wobble in it, spin in it, stand on it, jump over it, hide under it, push it, pull it, toss in some water or fill it with sand. There is no set purpose for the Bilibo, so children can use it however they see fit.

Observations

Designed without any specific intended method of play, users report being impressed with the new ways children invent to interact with this toy. Quite satisfied with this toy, users frequently report very positive feedback, often saying they have, or intend to, purchase another Bilibo either for their own home or as a gift for another.

Based on feedback, there seems to be no single 'most popular' way for children to use the toy, though there are several favorites. Sitting in the toy requires the child to pay attention to balancing, and many children enjoy doing this while watching TV. Some children spin around while seated, and this is a great indoor alternative for children who desire this kind of stimulation. Some children found this toy makes a great bowl for chips, snacks, and cereal. Trying to crawl under the toy also seems enjoyable.

Balancing in the toy can help develop greater body awareness, as well as increase muscle tone and improve coordination skills.

Climbing on the toy, or setting up several in a row and walking across them like river stones is another common use. The toy is durable enough to hold the weight of a medium sized adult (around 150lbs) without trouble.

The toy can also be used as a mold in sand pits, or to carry water. It floats, so it makes a great boat. Of course, when water is not available, the smooth plastic material allows the toy to slide across wooden floors.

Most users reported no damage to wooden floors. We advise wiping down the toy with a damp cloth before playing on wooden floors, just to ensure there is no sand or grit on the toy that could act as an abrasive material. A few users with very old (100 years or more) wooden floors said the toy scuffed the wood. We trust users to know what their floors can handle.

Users that obtained a Bilibo several years ago report the toy still looking almost brand new. They have not cracked, dented, warped, or lost color.

The main, and only, complaint with this toy is that some children simply show no interest. Some children thought it made an adequate place to keep other toys, such as dolls, but found no overall fun in directly interacting with the toy. This does not mean those children are less creative, or less imaginative. As with all toys, some pique a child's interest while others do not.

Toys stack together, making storage easy.

Parts and Pieces

Not applicable. No additional parts are needed.

Care

  • Wipe down with a damp cloth
  • Hose down outside
  • Toss into the bath

For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.  

Concerns

We have no concerns regarding the safety or durability of the toy. As mentioned above in Observations, some children simply do not find this toy particularly interesting. 

Manufacturer's Description

The multi-award winning Bilibo is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and versatile open-ended toys. Deceptively simple and magically attractive, Bilibo's iconic shell shape and bright colors immediately appeal to children. Bilibo arouses curiosity, engages the imagination and playfully trains basic motor skills and balance. Both boys and girls find unlimited ways to play with Bilibo – using it to rock and spin in, hide under, sit on, tote with and peek through. Bilibo provides hours of fun, indoors and outdoors - all year round.

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