XYZBuilds: a review

I was recently approached on twitter by XZYBuilds to review their new product a construction set for all ages. I was intrigued, so I said yes, and shortly afterwards, a small, but surprisingly heavy box arrived.

Contents as shown.
xyzbuilds box and tiles

I was quite surprised that there weren’t any instructions. But the children didn’t seem to need any. So Smallest got stuck straight in.

smallest building

And Small wasn’t far behind.
and then there were two

Within minutes, they were building house shaped structures, discussing prisms, and cubes and designing nets. They worked out the quirks of building in terms of how to match sides together, and plan ahead to have a net fold up into something solid. They’d have missed out if there had been instructions or suggestions I think.

Obviously I had to experiment with my camera.

xyz tiles closeup

Though quickly I had to give up my tiles, as the other children came to join in.
we may need more tiles

Do you know how rare it is to find an activity that occupies 4 children, age 3 to 15, that doesn’t involve chocolate? We may need more tiles though 😉

They built mansions. Dogs. Cubes and prisms. Towers. A minecraft hammer. And there was planning and cooperation and harmony. It was beautiful to watch.

Smallest was very proud of her Dalmatian, which featured in the XYZBuilds newsletter this week.
rex-yz (They suggested we call him ReXYZ 😉 )

She was very brave in sacrificing him to the needs of her brothers minecraft hammer. And then we put as many constructions together as we could, to see what we’d built.

all the buildings

All of that came out of that small cardboard box. And went back into it. A self contained toy, that stretches the imagination, encourages creativity, experimentation, cooperation. Allows for mathematical and scientific conversation, and is surprisingly pleasurable to the touch.

Did you get the idea that I was really impressed with this? Because I was. And I’m not just saying that – while I was sent the tiles for review, I’ve received no other compensation for this post. I’m just going to say that I think you should take a look at XZYBuilds, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Comments

  1. Unusual little activity isn’t it. Great for little minds to plan and play – my boy would make a box and get in. If he can climb in it, it’s a winner in our house 😉
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  2. Rachael and Jax, that’s what it is all about! Explorative, creative, unstructured play is something we stand very strongly for.

    Jax we are so happy that your budding builders got straight in there :). Nothing beats the power of imagination.

    Rachael looking forward to checking out your blog too.

    Thanks again
    Charlotte 😀

  3. We bought the XYZ based on your blog recommendation and must say it was an instant hit. Since we opened the box on Monday, it has spent a long time being trains, platforms and tables and doll chairs, depending on the child. 50 in a box is a good number – so many toys just don’t have quite enough items and more MUST be bought. With this, more may be bought to extend the play, but it is definitely sufficient from the beginning, which is a very good thing. I’ve now added it to my quality presents-for-people repertoire.

    • @aendr
      Thanks again for such lovely words and the facebook post. If you have any photos and are willing to share we would love to see what you have been creating.

      Thank you

      Charlotte
      XYZ Master Builder 😛

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