What pops into the head of a very busy, usually stressed out mum of four!
Monday, 25 February 2013
With a house full of boys, construction toys are always and always have been very popular in this house, so when I was offered a set of a new construction set; Triqo, there was no question that it would be met with enthusiasm by the keen builders in this house. I have to admit that I have never heard of Triqo before, so I had a look on the website first to see what it was all about.
"Triqo is a new, unique construction toy. With only two forms, a triangle and a square, you can create and endless amount of constructions, in ten different colours. Because the constructions are three-dimensional, Triqo is suitable for children aged 5 and up.
Triqo is made of exceptionally strong and flexible polypropylene. The material is fully recyclable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Triqo is a Dutch company and we are proud to say that the Triqo product is not only a Dutch invention but also produced in the Netherlands. This is why each Triqo package is ‘approved’ with a stamp ‘Dutch Design – Made in Holland’."
We were lucky enough to receive the 100 piece set which comprises 60 square pieces and 40 triangle pieces. Each piece is flat and strong and has fasteners along each edge to enable it to connect to other pieces. Once you get the hang of how the pieces interlock, you can then make all sorts of interesting three-dimensional shapes. It comes with a card with instruction on one side and some interesting projects to attempt on the other. This is made out of strong durable card, so unlike some instructions, these will actually last, which I liked.
To begin with, both boys struggled a bit to fix the pieces together. L is 7 and not particularly dexterous and it took him a while longer to get used to it. R, on the other hand, soon got used to the system and by the end of the week, he had gone from creating random shapes to actually building tangible shapes.
Overall, I can honestly say that this is one of the best toys to come into this house for a long time. R, being nine, is coming to the age where he would rather pick up a computer console than play with 'real' toys and he loved this. In the week that we have had it, he has not stopped playing with it, constantly building shapes, taking them apart and then building new ones. I have left the box out and even the teen couldn't resist a go. A like looking at the pieces, but at three, she is definitely too young at the moment.
This mix set retails at around £29.99, but I do think that it is good value for money. It is an interesting toy, a little bit different, creative, easy to use and durable. If you take a look at the Triqo website, you can find lots of other ideas for different designs and even upload your own design. Triqo certainly has a big thumbs up in this house.
Apart from looking at the website, you can also follow Triqo on Facebook and Twitter and if you like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, there is currently a chance to win a set of Triqo for yourselves. Failing that, Triqo is available on Amazon.
I was sent a box of Triqo free of charge for the purposes of this review, all opinions given are my own.