Smarcks - Talking Building Blocks Review + Giveaway

I am always trying to find different ways to make learning fun. I work with my kids to reinforce their colors, shapes, numbers, and letters, but I have to make it a game for them to really pay attention. Thanks to Smarks - The World's Smartest Building Blocks, I don't have to try very hard. They sent me a set of all of their products.

Combine creativity and learning with talking kids building blocks. Smarcks recognize and remember the blocks they are stacked on and teach about colors, counting, spelling, shapes, nursery rhymes, music, math, and even good manners. There are 7 Smarcks kids building block sets.

The tops of the blocks are different so that the talking blocks recognize them.

When we're done playing, all of the blocks fit back in the tub.  If you're a parent, you know how appealing this feature is.  I'm so tired of toys that come with a million pieces and no container to put them in.
As you can see in the first picture, there are several different types of "Smarks" AKA Smart Talking Blocks. Some of the Smarcks such as the color ones are easy to use and you simply place them on another block to hear them talk. Others such as the Music Blocks and Monkey Math Blocks only work when placed on certain blocks. The Nursery Rhyme Blocks also contain puzzles but overall are easy to use even if you never figure out the puzzle. They have a builder guide to help you figure out the ones that require completing the puzzles.

Our Thoughts:
The blocks are a lot of fun and help me make learning a game. Evan already knows his colors and things, but he likes "teaching" Isabella with the color blocks. Having the blocks talk are just a plus to the fact that he loves to make "towers" with them.

Isabella has never really expressed an interest in building with blocks before we got this set of Smarcks.  She gets so excited when she makes the blocks talk.  She quickly learned that she can press the buttons under the "special blocks" to make them talk.  Some of them actually have a "ticklish spot" and will giggle if you press the right button.

As a mom, I am really impressed with these blocks.  We have spent a lot of time playing with the Smarcks and they are always doing something that I didn't expect. This is a toy that they can play with together. It makes my heart smile to see Evan trying to "teach" Isabella and listening to them sing along with the blocks. Each of the blocks that talk already come with the batteries and a set of directions on the back of the pack.  Even though most are easy to play with, it is nice to have the directions for the ones that require a special puzzle to work properly.   Since there are different "levels" of blocks, these are a grow-with-me type of toy that will entertain and teach my kids for many years.

To learn more and to view all of their products, visit Smarcks.

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Win It!
One of my readers will win a learning set which includes the 70 Piece Building Set, both Color Block Sets, the Counting-Shape-ABC Set, and the Math Set. The set is a $100 Value.

To enter, visit the products page at Smarcks and tell me which one you're most looking forward to trying out. This is required and must be done before the extra entries count!


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This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the products for the giveaway.

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Heidi Jane Blankets said...

The math set looks like fun for my 4 year old
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I like the music and lights dancing blocks



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I would like to get the ABC, Shape & Counting blocks for my 2 year old son. Thank you.

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I like the Nursery Rhyme Blocks.
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I would love to have the math blocks and the shapes. This would be smething that could be fun for all 3 of my little ones.

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I would love to try the nursey rhyme blocks!

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I have listened to the Nursery Rhyme Blocks samples and really like those.

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I would like to try the Purple, Pink & Orange set!

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I think the music and Dancing LIght blocks look like a lot of fun!

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I want to try the Math Blocks. My boys are enjoying learning math. This will be a great supplement.
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These ar etoo cool I would love to try out Red music dancing and playing lights
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The music & dancing lights ones look awesome

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the ABC, shape and counting blocks would the first i would try
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I'm most interested in the Purple, Pink, and Orange Blocks.
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I like the Music Blocks.

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the Music & Dancing Lights set of blocks looks really fun.

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Jenette said...

Most excited for the counting blocks. My son loves to count.

Such cool blocks. I've never heard of them until now. Definatly want to check out their nursery rythm blocks. How cool is that!

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