My first encounter with nanoblock was in 2014, when the other co-founders of the Petite Travellers blog and I decided that it’d be cool to turn up for the Singapore Blog Awards with fascinators made with landmarks constructed out of nanoblocks.
Little did I know that the limited time we had meant that I had to have a nanoblock construction mini-marathon. Although it wasn’t a large set, so much detail went into every step.
Even the unseen portions have to be stable, and there is actually a lot of beauty and symmetry in the ‘hollowed insides’ when the structure is only half complete. Because I could only start at 10:30pm after the kids were asleep, I finally finished constructing St Basil’s Cathedral in the wee hours of the night around 1:30am!
Because it was going to be perched precariously on our heads, we used strong craft glue to strengthen the blocks wherever we could. And they lasted throughout the event without mishap! Woots.
So when Nanoblock Singapore asked if our family would like to review their products, I was keen to see if the girls would enjoy it too. 7 year old K was very excited when she saw the packages, and immediately chose the grand piano one to construct.
I guided her on how to start it off, and soon she was off! And completed the entire grand piano within half an hour. I think it looks gorgeous!
Black Grand Piano ($13.90, with free delivery).
Nanoblock Singapore also sent us the Christmas Set ($25.90), which was so cute and appropriate for the season.
Almost 5 year old B insisted that she wanted to construct this set. The instructions were a bit too daunting for her, so she became my little elf helper in finding “8 of these green stick pieces, 4 of these green square pieces, and 4 of these brown square pieces”. Her little fingers were well-suited for the job!
My favourite elements of this set were the reindeer! Two red-nosed Rudolphs. The tiny red stockings were really cute too.
Personally, I like nanoblocks because they are so handy in space-scarce Singapore! We can build as many sets as you like and have them all fit on one small display shelf.
Nanoblocks may remind you of LEGO, but their undersides are different – nanoblocks has a double ridged backing system instead of the tube system, which means that the blocks can ‘slide’ to angles that are not possible in LEGO. Nanoblock was invented by Kawada Co. Ltd in 2008, and come in only 11 basic block shapes. Amazing what variety emerges from just 11 shapes!
Authentic nanoblocks (as sold by Nanoblock Singapore) are made using high quality ABS plastic that provides a perfect link between blocks, even if it’s the tiniest block that measures a mere 4mm x 4mm x 5mm. Do avoid non-authentic nanoblocks, as they may be tainted by high levels of lead.
With so many varieties, they make great presents for office colleagues, friends, or teenagers. Purchase their favourite animal or musical instrument, and see how they tackle the challenge of constructing it. Here’s a collage I composed, of some of the cute sets available here – check it out!
Nanoblock Singapore will be giving away two random sets from their mini-series (worth a total of $27.80) to one winner here!
To enter, complete all the steps below:
- Like LilBlueBottle’s Facebook Page
- Like this Facebook post, and leave a comment there:
a) with your email address;
b) tagging 2 friends who might be interested in this giveaway; and
c) telling us why you’d like to win.
The giveaway ends on 2359 hrs on 31 Dec 2015, and the winner will be contacted via email. The usual terms and conditions apply. Merry Christmas, and all the best!
[Update Jan 2016]
Jaslyn Chong is the winner of this giveaway – CONGRATULATIONS!