Explorer Junior (an early childhood educational service provider incubated under NUS Enterprise, which also brings in high quality toys) sent us the Miclik toy to review, and the kids found it really interesting!
Explorer Junior has the sole distributor rights to Miclik, which is basically a modular construction toy that I find particularly suitable for preschoolers. Miclik is produced by the Spanish (Barcelona) brand Mitoi, which aims to design and market toys that are innovative yet simple, colourful yet elegant.
I particularly appreciate the fact that they prioritise safety, respect for the environment and high quality materials in their work.
There are no sharp edges to the connectors, and they come in 4 vibrant (yet not garish) colours. I find the shape of the connectors really innovative – not the usual regular blocks that comprise most building systems, these are like two small trapeziums held together by a bridge that makes them bendable. More possibilities when they are malleable as such!
5 year old B was an instant fan, and wanted to build the sword, crown and shield she saw in the booklet that came inside the box. It was a bit harder to ensure that the shield held together – I think it depends on how well you ‘engineer’ it, haha!
I liked the fact that it was easy to fit the pieces together – the four grooves on the front, and six grooves on the underside of each piece means that there are many ways of the components can fix to one another.
7.5 year old K was happy just to stack them up and build what looked like “HDB flats” to us! 🙂 She was quite deliberate in the colour patterns, which I thought looked really pretty.
I like modular toys because they leave more scope to the imagination. There is no fixed prescription of where each piece is ‘meant’ to go, which is not the case even for some Lego sets these days.
Of course we could look at examples of what others have built, and can get inspired to model something similar. However, the kids could also easily pretend that the separate connectors are ‘food’ to be fried in a wok, or flowers in a field.
They can build structures that might not be immediately recognisable to us, but are so interesting when they interpret it for us. Nothing like seeing things through a child’s eyes!
WHERE TO PURCHASE
Miclik is currently retailing at a promo launch price of S$49.90 for a box, which you can purchase directly from Explorer Junior’s site.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, two loyal readers of this blog stand to win a set of Miclik each (worth $49.90)!
To enter, complete all the steps below:
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The giveaway ends on 2359 hrs on 12 May 2016, and the winners will be contacted via email. The usual terms and conditions apply, and the winners’ names will subsequently be announced as an update on this blog post. 🙂
[Update: Congratulations Kai Qi and Kristine Ong on winning a set of Miclik each! Enjoy!]
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