When choosing toys for my children I look at several different things, how is the toy made and what is the toy made of–is it sturdy? Or is it some cheap piece of plastic that is going to fall to pieces the first time they use it. I like purchasing toys that if taken care of, could be used by my someday grandchildren! ( seriously! I’m planning 😉 ) Does the toy inspire my children to create, to use their imagination, to learn!? I’m not saying I am not guilty of buying junk toys from time to time, I think most of us are guilty of it…especially when our children fall victim to the trickery of the commercials and toy displays they see…but I try my best to come up with really great long lasting fun toys for them the majority of the time, I really really do! 🙂 When I ran across Marbles the Brain Store during an internet search I remembered hearing the name come up with some online friends, them saying what an amazing experience they had purchasing from them, I had to check it out! I was not disappointed! Not only do they have a super wide variety of fun games and toys that I had no idea what to choose! It was such a hard decision but I ended up choosing a Colorfall set as well as a da Vinci’s Catapult set! I thought that these would work for the entire family and be long lasting as well as fun! Check out my photo’s and video below to see what a good time we had with both!
Domino, meet my friend design. There’s an almost innate sense of satisfaction that comes from setting up dominoes into elaborate designs, then knocking them down in a chain reaction and listening to their gentle click-clack sound. And that’s all fine and dandy, don’t misunderstand. But where’s the color? Where’s the whimsy? Where’s the ability to create striking images based on design cards or random ideas you have floating around in your noggin? They’re all right here in Colorfall! These eco-friendly, hand-painted wooden tiles come with 20 design cards with images such as the Eiffel Tower, a garden gnome, and a liger. Just set up the tiles according to the design card, then knock down to reveal the image! Or, to let your imagination really run wild, ditch the cards and creative free play for hours.
I love the bright vibrant colors as well as how sturdy and well made these are!
Check out the handy dandy storage bag that allows my children to easily put away their Colorfall pieces!
Our whole entire family has had a great time figuring out how to make super neat designs and then knocking them over!
We absolutely love these idea cards that show exactly how to create fun designs! However, my kids have came up with a ton of fun designs all on their very own!
Here is their first design, a fish…they didn’t realize at first to stand the dominoes up on their ends 🙂 However, I think they still did a fantastic job!
And down they go…
Not doing the design correctly caused the pieces to not fall properly, but they still got a really big kick out of it!
When Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t busy painting, sculpting or otherwise being brilliant, he spent his free time drawing mechanical throwing machines. Now you can match wits with da Vinci and put your coordination skills to the test with this build-it-yourself, working re-creation of his 15th Century catapult. With just an hour of assembly time, this bad boy can hurl a small clay ball over four meters, which comes in handy for ambushing pesky kid brothers or protecting cubicles from annoying coworkers. All pieces are pre-cut and made with natural, untreated wood from sustainable forests.
Braindrops Okay, we admit it. Spitballs are kind of juvenile and they do very little for your brain cells. But these are not spitballs. These are Braindrops – chemistry wonders that are a major step up from the old-school kind! For starters, they grow up to 100 times their original size when immersed in water, can be dyed with food coloring or flavored with beverages, and (most awesome of all) can be reused repeatedly. They’re designed for launching, bouncing, throwing, smashing, spitting from a straw, and other delightfully juvenile activities we have yet to think of.
I love the bright well designed packaging…is it bad that I am a sucker for that sort of thing?? 😉
Everything came very well packaged and had very great instructions!
My husband got everything together, but my daughter helped him build the catapult!
Even a grown man can have a great time with this super fun toy! He even admitted it 😉 Wow!
While entertaining enough for a grownup, my littles had a blast putting it together as well!
And it’s finished! Look at the nice quality!
The kids couldn’t wait to test it out!
Getting ready for our first launch!
Check out how deep that is…the better to load up with things to fling at each other 😉
The kit included these braindrops as well as a bit of clay to launch as well!
Put your braindrops in a bowl and add hot water!
Look at how they grow…this isn’t even close to full size! We just chose to photograph on a cold day!
Check out our fun video demonstrating how to launch you clay and braindrops!