With Simbrix, children are able to make pixelated images that don’t need to be ironed together for hours of quiet and imaginative play!
You know those tiny plastic bead-like things that children can assemble into pixelated images, then iron together? They typically end up as ornaments or keychains or other random dust collectors.
Though certain small people of the Smith home have requested these craft materials, I’ve always said no. I feel justified by practicality since there’s really no solidly useful item that can be made by fusing small plastic pieces together. Clutter is not our friend.
So when I heard about Simbrix, I was somewhat intrigued while at the same time a bit hesitant. Intrigued because these little plastic pieces interlock to make pixelated images that don’t have to be ironed together. Hesitant because 4,000 small plastic pieces can litter my dining room floor in a hurry.
But love for my children won, and I decided to give Simbrix and all of its pixelated picture fun a chance.
When I told my children that I agreed to review Simbrix, they didn’t know if they should believe me. They knew what I thought about those other plastic pixelated craft kits, but boy did they want these! I explained that this kit would let them make the pictures without ironing them together, so we could both win.
They get to make pictures from tiny plastic pieces. I’m not left with fused plastic pictures all over my house and not enough relatives to “gift” them to. Win!
Thousands of square shaped plastic pieces in 17 different colors (including glow-in-the-dark) make up the Simbrix Expert Kit. These pieces interlock together, so they are perfect for children developing their fine motor skills.
Since the pieces interlock, children don’t have to worry about getting a design or picture just right while they’re being creative. Any mistakes or areas that they don’t like can be quickly and easily disassembled and replaced.
My children become absolutely engrossed in their pictures and designs when Simbrix is out. It’s a perfect quiet time activity!
With so many colors included, my children are able to make any images they want. This usually means that their designs reflect their personal interests, like horses for one of my daughters or World War II for my son. Simbrix is definitely one of those fun manipulatives that could be used to supplement any area of school.
Thoughts from the Little Smith People
Simbrix (which is part of Timberdoodle’s complete 4th grade curriculum set) has not disappointed the little people. They absolutely love this set, so I thought it would be fun to let you hear their thoughts directly.
I like that you have a bunch of different colors. It takes some problem solving to get them in the right places. And the possibilities are endless. You can make about anything!
-Miss L, age 11
It’s really cool how they have glow-in-the-dark pieces that can also be used for “glass.” They’re really easy to put together and you can iron them if you don’t want them to come apart.
-Mr. M, age 9
You can make about anything with it and they’re easy to slide in. When you’re bored you can just get out Simbrix and you can make new things every day.
-Miss A, age 7
It can make people. You can make food with it, and like, you can make hamburgers* with it!
-Miss H, age 4
*The person she made is holding a hamburger. Ha ha!
Boo-uh-ful. But I tan’t mate a wainbow o’ a puhson.*
-Miss C, age 2
*That’s “Beautiful. But I can’t make a rainbow or a person.” Miss C is a bit too young for Simbrix, but she enjoys it with help from her older siblings. And practicing with the little pieces is good work for her little hands, eyes, and mind!
I’m still honestly a bit surprised by how much my children really love Simbrix. They never get tired of making pictures and designs with these tiny interlocking pieces of plastic! I love that it encourages them to be quietly creative, is very hands-on, and is totally reusable.
And thankfully, very few Simbrix pieces have been found under my dining room table.
Is there a quiet creative activity that keeps your child’s hands busy?
I’m delighted to be a Timberdoodle review blogger this year! For this review, Timberdoodle supplied the Simbrix Expert Kit, but I was not compensated monetarily. All opinions are enthusiastically mine.