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STEM Building for Toddlers: Grippies Builders #grippies #tryazon

STEM Building for Toddlers: Grippies Builders - A Wandering Vine #tryazon #grippies

STEM Building for Toddlers: Grippies Builders #grippies #tryazon

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STEM Building for Toddlers: Grippies Builders - A Wandering Vine #tryazon #grippiesMy kindergartener loves to build, and my toddler loves to copy everything he does. She’s not quite ready for LEGOS, yet, so I’ve wondered what would be a suitable building set for her. I discovered Guidecraft’s Grippies Builders for toddlers through TryAzon, and I received 2 sets to demonstrate and review.

STEM Building for Toddlers: Grippies Builders - A Wandering Vine #tryazon #grippies

Grippies Builders is the first STEM building toy system for toddlers (18+ months). It features magnetic rods and balls that allow toddlers to build without the motor skills needed for more advanced building toys. The handles of the rods have tactile surfaces in 4 different textures. We did find that there were some minor limitations that a more advanced builder would encounter, but I don’t think that would inhibit a toddler much.

After I first introduced my children to Grippies, I was unsure about them. My 4.5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter just made a mess with them. They tossed pieces on the floor and laughed. I think my mistake was involving my son. He builds with Legos and Magnatiles, so he just saw these as big magnets. He looked for things to stick them to, and my daughter followed suit.

STEM Building for Toddlers: Grippies Builders - A Wandering Vine #tryazon #grippies

Once that wore off, my daughter started putting them together as long sticks, or other small creations. She builds with them more when my son isn’t around. I’m hoping that once he starts school in a couple days, she’ll be able to explore building them more without his influence on alternative uses.

To learn more about Grippies Builders, check them out on Amazon here.

30 Comments

  1. steph y

    They are very interesting.

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  2. Brittany h

    This seems like it will grasp the babies motor skills in so many ways

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      They’re great for motor skills 🙂

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  3. Judy Thomas

    I have never seen these before, they are brilliant and little ones can build so many things with them. They feed the imagination too 🙂

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Exactly!

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  4. Sarah L

    Those look like a fun thing for kids to learn with.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      They really are!

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  5. Veronica

    These are perfect learning tools for kiddos.
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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Thank you! Love your blog, too!

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  6. Dotty J Boucher

    What a great toy to build motor skills , its nice to see this and others to help and have fun! with.
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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Agreed!

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  7. Sherry Fram

    Cool building toys! Like the shapes they have.

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  8. April

    I’ve got to get some of these for my grandson he’d love them!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      I bet he would!

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  9. April Monty

    My grands would so love these, and build cool stuff with Nana lol

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      So fun!

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  10. Lynne B

    I think this is a wonderful toy for toddlers – great for small hands to manipulate!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Agreed!

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  11. Deborah D

    Finally, a building set for younger kids. This is great.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      I agree!

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  12. irma

    Very intresting !!

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  13. Octavia

    These are really neat, chunky and easy to handle, perfect for toddlers.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Exactly!

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  14. Nancy Burgess

    These are so nice for the younger kids.Other blocks are to complicated for them.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Agreed!

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  15. Laurie Nykaza

    Grippies Builders look like so much fun for the kids to build with they would have so much fun with them.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      The kids love them!
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  16. Christina Gould

    What a great toy. I’m sure it could keep a toddler fascinated for quite a while. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. John J. Walsh

    My kids are also into Legos, but are still young and do not have the fine motor skill to snap the blocks together. This system looks like a great answer. We will be checking them out.

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  18. Amy Green

    What a cute toy! I like the inclusion of the magnets. They make the play element very unique. These would be great for schools too.

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