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Way better than couch cushions. Extremely strong Velcro may mean adults have to help take structures apart.
<p><strong>Toy Description</strong></p> <p>Foam mats stick to each other along the edge via heavy duty Velcro. Each side has a flap of fabric that can cover up the Velcro so there&rsquo;s none exposed to scratch delicate skin.</p> <p>Each set comes with 8 panels.</p> <p>Panels are 15 X 15 X 1 inch</p> <p><strong>Play</strong></p> <p>Attach the panels together to make kid corrals, castles, or a large floor mat.</p> <p><strong>Observations</strong></p> <p>The premise of this toy is wonderful. Panels can be made into a path, a hop-scotch grid, a house, a castle, a boat, a corral, a tunnel, and anything else a kid can come up with.</p> <p>Users who have had a set for a couple of years report the panels still maintain their flat shape even after heavy play. Even the Velcro still has its strength.</p> <p>At some point, a kid is going to figure out that these can be used as shields when body slamming into another child. These are soft enough that they don&rsquo;t hurt when this happens. Nor do they hurt when they are thrown through the air and hit another kid in the face. Durable, but soft and squishy.</p> <p>The Velcro is extremely strong. When putting the panels into a house shape, the inverted V-shaped roof held up just fine when the toddler inside shook the whole structure. Even leaning on the walls of the house shape, toddlers were generally unable to dislodge the Velcro.</p> <p>This means adults will need to rearrange panels. Some children found this frustrating, as they were reaching that age where they cry when they can&rsquo;t get something to work right and cry harder when an adult tries to help. &ldquo;No, I want to do it!&rdquo; was a commonly heard phrase. For the most part, early toddlers didn&rsquo;t mind, because they were more interested in throwing the panels and subsequently throwing themselves onto said panels.</p> <p>Older toddlers and young children will still find good use for these. Really, what kid doesn&rsquo;t enjoy making their own little hidey-hole or cushion cave? Good for those times when a little alone time is needed to calm down from a stressful or loud kind of day.</p> <p><strong>Care</strong></p> <ul> <li>Wipe down with a damp cloth</li> </ul> <p><strong>Parts and Pieces</strong></p> <p>Each set comes with 8 panels.</p> <p><strong>Concerns</strong></p> <p>As discussed in Observations, the Velcro is oh-so strong. Knuckles may be scuffed in the process of getting the panels undone.&nbsp;</p>
Daydream Toy - SquashBlox Construction Cushions Builder Set
Date published: 2016-06-09
9.00 / 10 stars

Daydream Toy - SquashBlox Construction Cushions Builder Set

by Daydream Toy
current stage2016-06-09

Any kid who likes pulling off the couch cushions to make a fort will find likely enjoy these. Strong Velcro strips run along each of the four sides, so panels can be stuck together to make either flat or 3D shapes. Use these to build a structure, and then have fun trying to knock it down!

Typically enjoyed by toddlers and young children, we are pleased with the durability of the panels. However, the Velcro is so strong that it usually needs adult effort to remove and rearrange them. 

  • Daydream Toy - SquashBlox Construction Cushions Builder Set
  • Daydream Toy - SquashBlox Construction Cushions Builder Set
  • Daydream Toy - SquashBlox Construction Cushions Builder Set
Daydream Toy - SquashBlox Construction Cushions Builder Set
Overall9.00
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Replay
  • 8.50
 
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  • 8.00
 
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  • 7.00
 
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  • 7.00
 
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Social
  • 7.00
 

Product Specs

Age 3 - 8 years
Made in China
Recalls No
Batteries None
Materials Foam, Velcro
Choking Hazard None
Date Reviewed 05/11/2016

Where to Buy

Amazon $54.25
Pros
  • Panels maintain shape even under heavy use
  • Encourages creative and physical play for young children
  • Great for babies, toddlers, and young children
Cons
  • Velcro is so strong that rearranging panels may require adult help
Detailed Review

Toy Description

Foam mats stick to each other along the edge via heavy duty Velcro. Each side has a flap of fabric that can cover up the Velcro so there’s none exposed to scratch delicate skin.

Each set comes with 8 panels.

Panels are 15 X 15 X 1 inch

Play

Attach the panels together to make kid corrals, castles, or a large floor mat.

Observations

The premise of this toy is wonderful. Panels can be made into a path, a hop-scotch grid, a house, a castle, a boat, a corral, a tunnel, and anything else a kid can come up with.

Users who have had a set for a couple of years report the panels still maintain their flat shape even after heavy play. Even the Velcro still has its strength.

At some point, a kid is going to figure out that these can be used as shields when body slamming into another child. These are soft enough that they don’t hurt when this happens. Nor do they hurt when they are thrown through the air and hit another kid in the face. Durable, but soft and squishy.

The Velcro is extremely strong. When putting the panels into a house shape, the inverted V-shaped roof held up just fine when the toddler inside shook the whole structure. Even leaning on the walls of the house shape, toddlers were generally unable to dislodge the Velcro.

This means adults will need to rearrange panels. Some children found this frustrating, as they were reaching that age where they cry when they can’t get something to work right and cry harder when an adult tries to help. “No, I want to do it!” was a commonly heard phrase. For the most part, early toddlers didn’t mind, because they were more interested in throwing the panels and subsequently throwing themselves onto said panels.

Older toddlers and young children will still find good use for these. Really, what kid doesn’t enjoy making their own little hidey-hole or cushion cave? Good for those times when a little alone time is needed to calm down from a stressful or loud kind of day.

Care

  • Wipe down with a damp cloth

Parts and Pieces

Each set comes with 8 panels.

Concerns

As discussed in Observations, the Velcro is oh-so strong. Knuckles may be scuffed in the process of getting the panels undone. 

Manufacturer's Description

Gone are the days avoiding mom’s wrath to build those forts. SquashBlox® are large soft “Construction Cushions” that attach together to build whatever you can imagine. The innovative flap design allows young builders to make sturdy structures complete with tunnels, windows and doors that swing open. The open-ended design allows you to combine sets to make larger structures. Set folds down for easy storage. Also great as a storyboard that holds felt figures.

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