Reviewed by Katie
What it is: [from Fat Brain Toys product description] Squigz are fun little suckers! Apply pressure to two Squigz. Air rushes out and the fun rushes in! Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface – Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity.
Brain Benefits: visual processing, motor skills, focus, logic & reasoning, auditory processing
What I Love: I had my eye on Squigz for a long time before we finally got them, because they have a pretty high price tag for a pretty small box (or cylinder). We stopped by the local learning store to let Oliver pick out some toys, and I convinced him (and his grandma) to choose these babies. The starter set, which we purchased, comes with 24 pieces, which is plenty to keep him occupied. As he spent more time with them, he got better and better at sticking them together. He loved the “POP” sound they made when we pulled them apart. He and I made a lot of shapes together, and he also had fun sorting them by shape and color. We rolled them around, and even stuck them to our foreheads! We spent a little time imagining that different colors were members of our family. As he gets older, I think Oliver will get even more enjoyment out of them – because they are a little bit wobbly, he did get a little frustrated when the structure he was building would break apart or fall down. As a bonus, I also really enjoyed building different structures and putting pieces together to see what I could make (kids’ toys are always better when the parents have fun, too).
What I Would Change: The price is a little steep, but these will last a very long time (through multiple grandchildren, I’m sure) and you can add to the collection with additional Squigz sets. My mom also said that after a while, Oliver didn’t ask to play with them anymore; however, since we pulled them back out for the review, he has played with them a number of times!