Bildopolis: A Great New Building Set, and a Giveaway!
************This giveaway is now closed!!!!!******************
Recently I discovered a large scale building set that surpasses anything my children have used up until now. It’s called Bildopolis and it’s made of pieces of sturdy recycled cardboard with Velcro dots for connecting the pieces together.
Using squares, rectangles, and triangles, children can create an endless amount of structures. While they are playing with Bildopolis, they are strengthening their critical thinking skills, spatial awareness, and ability to create in three dimensions.
I love what John Smith, the creator of Bildopolis, has to say about the benefits of free play:
“We want kids to learn without being ‘taught’. We think that every day is an education for kids and things that they learn through play are the strongest and most memorable lessons.”
John was kind enough to send our family a Big Bilder set so that we could try it out for this review.
My kids eagerly opened the box and began building. Immediately they were able to see the potential – you can literally build 1000s of different structures. My kids aimed to build one of the structures shown on the box, with, in their words, “a few modifications, mom.”
After they were done, I asked each of my children to tell me what they thought of Bildopolis. Here’s what each child had to say:
My son, 11: I found it really easy to build a tall tower. I liked that the pieces were easy to change around. It works best if two people build together. I did notice that the “door” in one of the squares is too small for me, so only smaller kids could use it as a door.
My daughter, 8: It’s really fun and you can make a lot of different ideas. The set comes with a lot of great parts. I made my own house, and I was surprised at how light it was – my mom picked it up with one finger! I can’t believe how much you can make, just with cardboard!
Here’s some great news: Bildopolis is providing one FREE Big Bilder set to one of you!
PLEASE NOTE: The prize ships to the US only. International readers, if you have a relative or friend that lives in the US who could accept the package for you, please feel free to enter!
• PRIZE: A Big Bilder set from Bildopolis (an $80 value)
• TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post (not on Facebook); ONE comment per person
• BONUS QUESTION FOR COMMENT: What is your favorite construction toy?
• GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Sunday, March 11th (my birthday!) at midnight CST
• NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
• PRIZE SHIPS: US only
Winner will be chosen by random.org and posted Monday morning, March 12th.
Please note: As the website states, Bildopolis is for ages 6+, and while structures built with Bildopolis are sturdy, they should not be climbed on, only played in.