When I was a lad, Fisher Price were owned by the Quaker Oats company and a Trio was a biscuit, rather than a Fisher Price construction toy. The disgorged contents of the parents loft hauled down for the delectation of our two little ones is testament to this. Please take note: the cord on a 1970’s Chatterbox Phone is much longer than the current one, long enough that the phone can stay on the ground whilst a child picks it up.
Some things have changed aside from the length of the cord on a Chatterbox Phone, Mattel now own Fisher Price instead of the Quakers, but the name Fisher Price is still synonymous with quality in children’s toys. With this in mind, I sat down to do some serious construction with the Fisher Price Trio Construction Blocks. The Boy wanted to help and I suppose since he was in the target age group, 3-5, it would have been churlish if I hadn’t let him join in. The boy is 3 and a half and has played variously with Megabloks, Clippo and Lego. The Megabloks and Clippo are fair too young for him now and his manual dexterity with Lego can’t keep up with his vivid imagination (yet).
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Sure enough, after a while I was relegated to pushing the car around (the chassis detaches so you can make more exciting wheeled vehicles if, unlike me, you’re allowed more access to the blocks) whilst the Boy went on his usual odyssey of making spaceships. The blocks click together well and make a much sturdier connection than his usual building materials which means they can survive 3 year old play a little bit more easily than Lego or Clippo.
The building set with storage we were playing with has 100 pieces and costs a shade under £30. This isn’t an insignificant amount of money but its a toy that’s only really limited by your child imagination. Since we’ve been playing with it, certain constructs have remained built for days on end, only disassembled when it became apparent Dad wasn’t going to pop out and buy more, however vigorous the pleas became.
Certainly one to recommend for the 3-5 year olds, especially if they like stuff to stay together once built so they can, you know, actually play with it rather than look at it.