Thursday, 5 March 2015

Zoob Review and Giveaway #SLHFeaturedThursdays


Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be any more exciting building toys on the market, along comes a new exciting building toy unlike any other before it.

Have you heard of Zoob yet?

I have to say that personally, I had not.

When I was asked to review Zoob here, I rather absent-mindedly agreed to review the mysterious sounding kids toy with zero knowledge of exactly what I was to receive.

A few weeks later a plain box arrived on our doorstep and out came the mysterious (to me) tub of Zoob. To my surprise, immediately all my primary-aged kids became excited and began to yelp about how they played with Zoob at school...

Well in my mind, if it's deemed good enough for the high standards in their classrooms, that's enough said already!

Theoretically I could end my review right here but if you're in the dark like I was, you might like to get acquainted with this unique play and learning experience. It's really quite cool! It's fair to say we've all had a go at this new building concept which has become a bit of a normal feature on our dining table.




My explanation of this toy is as simple as colourful hollow poles and socket ended rods which connect together and allow movement. There are actually five separate pieces that make up Zoob and they can snap together in twenty different ways to make a moveable, three dimensional creation that encourages kids to think outside of the square (so to speak!).


Zoob is quite age friendly and definitely suitable for girls and boys. Younger kids can manage simple creations while older ones can adapt the included instructions to build quite complex models. Zoob holds together well too, so kids can actually play quite vigorously with their builds and they won't come apart too easily.

Full step by step illustrated guides are included in the 125 piece tub which offer unique builds and ideas to expand on your own kids' imaginations.


Ruben set about making himself some nifty playthings to show you: Everything from dinosaurs to two jet-pack men (my personal favourite and his very own idea). In all, he managed eight simple models using the Zoob in our tub. All of his designs were fully moveable allowing his creations to come to life.



Lost in play - I like my kids best like this!

 
Zoob is manufactured by Alex Brands and is distributed in Australia by U. Games. Zoob is available in a variety of kits to suit inquisitive kids. The age recommendation for the kit featured is 6 plus however all of my kids - from the toddler to the teens (and the adults) are keen to fiddle with this. It's fun and it really challenges your thinking when it comes to building an interesting idea from scratch.
 
Zoob is available at Australian Geographic stores and major toy stores Australia wide. The 125 piece Zoob tub featured in this review retails for $52. Give Zoob a try! We think this toy is refreshingly educational and fun.
 
Like to try Zoob? Win one of two Infinity Zoob prize packs
valued at $135 each comprising of:
 
One Zoob 75 piece tub RRP $34.99
One Zoob 125 piece tub RRP $52
One Zoob Mobile Car Designer Kit RRP $49.99
 
There are two kits to be won by two lucky Six Little Hearts readers. Total prize pool $270.
Australian residents only.
 
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*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts was gifted the item featured in this post for review purposes.
All opinions expressed are those of this blog's Author.
 
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66 comments:

  1. What an awesome product!!! I have never heard of it before - I will definitely stop by the National Geographic store and check it out!!!

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  2. My kids would have a ball with Zoob. Their imaginations would run wild with all the creative things they could make! It would get them off the Ipads! Krystal Delanty

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  3. Zoob looks amazing, easy to grasp, bright pieces that help with eye/hand co-ordination and building on a child's imagination and creativity.

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  4. I'd love to win this because I think it would be an excellent change from Lego. It also looks like it might be a bit less painful on the feet! (Alex Prichard)

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  5. Such a great toy with the smart and unique design. Too much time spent on Lego, Lego and Lego. It's time to try some new and interesting toys such as Zoob. This brightly-colored toy would give my boy's imagination a pair of wings.

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  6. Hee hee, by kids you mean husbands as well right? I think the fact that they can create so many different things because how the pieces can link together in a non rigid way is great, you are not limited like with other building toys i.e blocks, or other construction kits, and your creations can move. Also the pieces are easier for smaller hands to connect and work with which means the kidlets can get creative from a younger age. The added bonus is dad will love to create with the kids, hopefully demonstrating the art of sharing! Lydia Arundell

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  7. Zoob appears to be no one hit wonder! Gender neutral, it's a toy that would be played with over and over again. Tracey

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  8. We have something kind of similar that was put out by Avon in the early 90s (a hand me down many times over) and whilst master 7 loved it a few years ago he has a real shortage of pieces and is limited by what he can create. We would hand down the Avon building gear to a younger friend and re-spark his imagination with Zoob.

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  9. This is an excellent toy - the 'next generation Lego' perhaps. It stimulates creativity and thinking and most of all keeps the kids busy!

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  10. Zoob looks awesome. My two nephews love to build and create things and I just know they would love this new toy. The youngest will be five this month. I always buy him lego, but I love to be able to give him this instead.

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  11. We were given a small box of zoob by another family not that long ago and my kids have already lost a lot of the connector pieces! It's a great system and there really is no limit to what kids can make with it. Awesome prize Jody!

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  12. I am always trying to come up with ideas for my godson for Christmas and his birthday and these look fantastic!! It is great to see your kids enjoy them so I know that he will actually like them not just buy him something that is a fad. Great review - fingers crossed for winning this great prize!

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  13. I had never heard of this before, but my son was looking over my shoulder while I read your post and started saying 'Oh that's the coolest stuff, we have it at kindy, we have to get some, please please please' So, erm, tick of approval from the 3 year old then! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  14. I love this! Open ended play such as this is so great for kids' development and imaginative play. I'd love a set of these.

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  15. My children love Legos. I reckon they would really love these too! Thank you for the review!

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  16. This stuff looks great, love the bright colours, & that it will 'grow' with kids as they develop new skills :)

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  17. Looks like it would be so much fun for kids to play with and use their imagination!

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  18. It's new, different and definitely got the wow factor. Love the way it moves - adds more interest and dimensions than Lego type building blocks. Would love to get my hands on it and see what I could come up with. I think my son would hide it from me. Kids grow out of a lot of toys, some after only a few months and are such a waste of money. I can see this lasting kids many, many years. Great for different age groups, and encourages thinking and creativity. I think it's brilliant.

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    1. Congratulations Candice, a Zoob pack will be on its way to you shortly. :D There is nothing worse than spending money on toys that don't continue to entertain. I think you will find this one different though. I will be in touch. :D

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  19. Ok... this looks awesome!! I love this idea and despite my eldest only being 3.5 I think he will love it. He is enjoying duplo as I have been avoiding lego due to a 21 month old in the house. He loves making things and playing but we are often having issues as things break and he needs to rebuild. What a great toy and thanks for brining it to our attention. Jx

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  20. Its a big change from lego, it will get them thinking different, any learning through play is always welcome in this house

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  21. A great challenge for developing minds! (Fiona.C)

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  22. Our four (very nearly five) year old son has mentioned playing with 'the zoob' at school (he has just started this year) & told a big tale about how he made a big shark that came to the beach with the dinosaur & they played soccer. What other toys encourage such imagination & are easy for little hands to grip & click. We have Lego coming out of our ears but it still very hard for him to line up the Lego to get it to click on properly. With Blake's birthday coming up soon this would be a perfect present - playful & educational.

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  23. My boys LOVE this and the reason I want to win is because we have a small set and they aren't great at sharing, I love that is stimulates their imagination!

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  24. My Mr 5 would love that. He loves anything where he can be creative and construct objects. He is a very creative little guy. Fingers are crossed x

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  25. The creativity that the kids would use when using this product - instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer, we try to be as creative as possible

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  26. What a weird and wacky toy! This is an awesome way to encourage creativity! - Donna

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  27. my grandson would adore this and id love to win for him it looks so much fun and educational too great for Motor Skills Tracy Wedding

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  28. I love that the designs will be fully movable. Definitely helps with their thinking.

    Laura Scriven

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  30. my nephew would love this because he's a real problem solver and loves building and creating. This would be perfect for him!

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  31. I've never heard of it before but it sounds fantastic I'll have to look more into this

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  32. I know my mum has used Zoob in the classroom and the kids love it, would be great for my kids!

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  33. What an amazing toy great for both sexes and it develops so many skills.

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  34. I am a teacher-librarian in a primary school and we are always looking for new and innovative toys for the children to play with at lunchtime. Many of our 'clientele' are non-English speaking, so toys such as this engage them and encoruage them to work with others or individually, depending on how they feel!

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    1. Congratulations Lara - I am sure this fabulous toy will go to good use. I hope the kids love it (actually, I know they will!). Thank you everyone for entering - this was a really tough giveaway to draw. I will be in touch shortly Lara. :D

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  35. Wonderful idea to get little minds thinking, great interacting with many hours of play.

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  36. Zoob is colourful and the shapes are easy for kids to use with their little hands. Scott Crumlin.

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  37. Belinda Burns
    I run the local playgroup -so we love seeing the new toys on the market! I know our kids would love manipulating and creating lots of interesting shapes, patterns and designs! I love the variety of Zoob shapes in the tub. I love the exploration side of building - its endless!

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  38. Kids will be able to create so much fun with their imaginations.

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  39. I love the engineering aspect of Zoob, which would promote some early discussions about science with my daughters. They would really enjoy creating and playing with Zoob, using their imaginations, concentrating and problem solving when coming up with their own designs. Great educational toy.

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  40. When their imagination has no bounds they really shine and show their personality and creativity. My kids leave me in awes so often. These are knew to me and look awesome.

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  41. Looks like hours of fun!

    Lily Nguyen

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  42. We would love the Zoob's for the endless hours of fun that they can provide! what better way to spend a lazy rainy sunday?

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  43. It's the best building toy on the market, it lets children improve their motor skills and imagination. They learn how to build complex models.

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  44. My 2 quirky ASD boys would love to play with this. They most definitely think outside the box, and the large pieces would help them with their fine motor skills.

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  45. I am a preschool teacher and have loved seeing the children engaged in using Zoobs at their own level and in their own way. It's a wonderful open-ended, fun activity! Some of the children have enjoyed seeing how far the Zoobs will go when all joined together (great teamwork here!), others building fences for their animals while many making creatures, towers, people and animals.
    I particularly LOVE that if one piece is missing, or even a few, that Zoobs can still be used.
    My son hasn't been lucky enough to play with Zoobs yet, but he enjoys anything to do with measurement at the moment. I could imagine him giving us all challenges; eg. How many Zoobs long is Daddy's shoe? And then him seeing which of us was closest. A great birthday gift! (Cathy)

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  46. I can see this as a great sensory toy for my Mr 8.
    Lego is too small and he tells me mega blocks are for babies

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  47. Love that (as you say) kids of all ages will want a go. With 6 kids in our family, there's a lot of us to share the fun with =)

    Shontelle

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  48. Like Lego, there are so many combinations! A robot. A car. A house. Who knows! It all BUILDS confidence.

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  49. Zoob is so cool, for us, being animated is very fitting!!

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  50. My kids like building things, but I'm a bit over Duplo we play it so much, this looks like a great alternative. Thanks for letting us know about Zoobs.

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  51. My kids would love Zoobs...the possibilities are endless and perfect for the colder indoor months coming up!

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  52. What a wonderful product for building hand-eye coordination in toddlers and creative play for school age children. krystal p

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  53. so cool and have a lot of fun.. I want it for my kids.. for sure they will have a lot of fun to try to build something with it..

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  54. so cool and have a lot of fun.. I want it for my kids.. for sure they will have a lot of fun to try to build something with it..

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  55. I love toys that allow kids to be creative and are suitable for different age groups

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  56. The best features of zoob -

    1.. it will allow kids use their imagination and the their creations will be 3D which is like a variety of big toys in itself ..

    2..My 7 year old and 2 year old can play with it together ( there are no small parts for which i have to supervise my 2 year old ).

    I want to win this zoob prize pack for my 7 year old because he has eczema & zoob will keep his fingers busy in making 3D creations (especially different type of robots) and he will not damage his skin atleast for those hours when he is creating things with zoob.

    full name - sapna sharma
    email - sapshu936@gmail.com

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  57. I teach in a special school and have a 5 year old son. I love the learning opportunities that toys like zoop can provide such as colour, size and shape. Learning while playing is so valuable to young children and those with special needs. I create assisted learning boards for non verbal students and these are the perfect toy to use to develop their language.

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    1. Oops! Full name is kerri Scappini and email is kerri@mywaddamana.com

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  58. Great for the imagination what a fantastic toy
    Wonderful for bringing out the creativity of any girl or boy
    An easter holiday activity my kids could play together
    Zoobs can be played no matter what the weather

    melanie W
    operationhtomother@hellokitty.com

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  59. My daughter loves building things and these look a lot less painful than Lego for me to step on all the time! ;)
    Christine

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