We have been big cheerleaders of GoldieBlox since the brand launched with a viral Kickstarter campaign two years ago. Since then we’ve gifted sets, included them in our Holiday Shopping Guide and built along with Goldie in our home.
GoldieBlox says, “By tapping into girls’ strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.”
Obviously, we were thrilled to host a GoldieBlox Bash to share the love with friends. We hosted a group of neighborhood kids for a Parade Float Race inspired by the GoldieBlox and the Parade Float Race toy and book set. We intended to have the bash and race outside, but the weather didn’t cooperate.
Building with GoldieBlox
Before the inventors arrived, we put the materials for a Parade Float base in bags, including short and long axles, wheels, figures and blocks. These pieces form the backbone of GoldieBlox machines, making toy sets interchangeable for endless building opportunities. We had six teams working to build parade floats and most went with the suggested base design but a few took the materials and literally rolled with them. The teams added flair and fun to their floats with an assortment of arts and crafts supplies.
It was so rewarding to see the kids build. I honestly wasn’t sure how much encouragement or guidance they would need, but this group of kids were building champs! The group ranged in age from 3 to 10 and each and every child, both boys and girls, was engaged and involved in the process. For most kids, it was their first time using GoldieBlox but they were all immediate pros.
One mom of a five year old boy and 3 year old girl at the party said, “They bridged a wide age range, providing an opportunity for older girls to help teach and lead the younger girls, but still easy enough for the younger girls to participate and provide input.”
We were tasked with hosting a party for girls, but with boys in our house and lots of siblings on the street we didn’t limit the party to girls. And, as one neighbor who owns GoldieBlox set said, “I think half the boys on this street have played with GoldieBlox and don’t have a clue it’s a brand geared towards girls.”
I think all you moms will understand how well it went when I tell you that the other moms and I huddled around the snacks and had actual, nearly-uninterrupeted adult conversations while the kids built. As one kindergarten girl said, “I just liked building together with my friends.”
The Great GoldieBlox Parade Float Race
I think the kids would have built and added on and designed and engineered their floats for-ever, so in the interest of time we had to give an official race time. The kids were eager to see their creations on the track – and I think the other parents and I were anxious to see if they actually rolled! We timed how long the floats rolled and marked how far they traveled.
The floats lined up one by one on the ramp… and then they were off!
Even though the day didn’t go exactly as we planned, it went far better than I imagined. There were more than a dozen kids in my small on base house, playing and working together. My kids had a blast and I can say with confidence the others did, too. The success is owed 100 percent to GoldieBlox. The kids were engaged, strategizing, building and using their imagination.
The impact went beyond that day, too. For example, the next morning my oldest two built more floats and cars for 45 minutes. Together. Peacefully. GoldieBlox are the toys that keep giving!
But, don’t take my word for it. Here are what a couple of the other girl moms said:
“GoldieBlox is just the right thing for engineering a new form of creative play in girls! Annalisa loved them! It’s exciting to find something other than dolls for girls to play with.”
“After playing with the Goldiebloks, Danielle was interested in doing more building, so it definitely piqued her interest. I liked that there were lots of different pieces that you could combine together. The toy was geared for girls without being overtly flowery or princessy.”
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