AD | Gifted items
You would probably find it difficult to find a home with children without some kind of Lego or playing bricks of some kind. Erin has a couple of Duplo sets and she gets a bit annoyed with playing with them on the floor and not really being able to do much with some of the loose/ random pieces. We were sent some products from Strictly Briks recently to try!
One of the sets that we were sent is the Strictly Briks Rainbow Stackable Baseplates. This set comes with 12 6″x 6″ baseplates as well as 80 stackers so that you can build the towers. This pack is super colourful and bright with so many possibilities of how the baseplates can be put together.
By using 2 of the stackers in each corner of the baseplate you are able to put together a tower with a nice amount of space in the middle. I used 4 baseplates on each tower and 2 stackers in the middles and this was just about the right height for Erin. Of course, you can use more stackers to create towers of whatever size you want to.
Neither of these sets come with any kind of bricks, apart from the stackers, so this is really something you need to already have other playing pieces for. Strictly Briks say that these sets are compatible with ‘all major brands, including LEGO, Mega Bloks, & K’NEX brand sets’. We only have Duplo sets at home so this is what we tried playing with.
Unfortunately, the compatibility was very hit and miss. Some of the smaller blocks as you can see in the picture below fit but it took quite a bit of pressure to get them to stay on the baseplate. However, the size of the circles on the baseplate are clearly more the right size for smaller bricks like proper Lego so maybe these work better.
What I do love about these baseplates is the endless possibilities of play. If you have loads of loose pieces but no play sets then you can make anything from a castle to a shop to a farm. You could make a little row of houses if you wanted to! Nothing is permanent so you can swap and change what you make as many times as you like.
The other set that we received is the Strictly Briks Classic Trap and Gap set. This set comes with 2 10″ x 10″ baseplates, 2 10″ x 10″ trap door baseplates and 15 stackers. When I first put this set together I thought it was a bit odd that there was 15 stackers when the edges only needed 12. I later realised that the extra 3 are for the middles of the baseplates as they are so large and this gives them extra stability.
The difference with this set is that it comes with 2 baseplates that have trap doors. I really love this idea as it means you can make up something like a garage for cars, use the ramps as stairs to another level in a house or really whatever you can think of. However, the set is designed to only have 1 stacker between the baseplates and it makes the playing area quite hard to get to, especially for some younger children. It would have been nice to have had a little bit extra space between the levels.
Strictly Briks have lots of other options as well as these sets but I would say maybe start with a smaller set just to make sure your bricks are compatible.
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