Plus Plus with a 3 year old

Guestpost by SnowingIndoors

I was intrigued when I learnt that The Toadstool were sending us some Plus Plus to review. It’s a Danish building toy, with identically shaped pieces, that look like 2 plus’s side by side.

I was worried initially as the bricks are quite small and I didn’t know if Annie would find it too tricky to construct things as she’s not 4 for another month.

She got them all out on the table and looked at the instructions to see what sort of things could be made, then she was straight into connecting the bricks and didn’t need any help at all.

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Annie has mostly been making ‘carpets’, flat builds of varying colours. Doing this she is building up her confidence and hand eye coordination and while she has yet to make anything that isn’t a rug she is building quicker and quicker.

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Annie has mostly been making ‘carpets’, flat builds of varying colours. Doing this she is building up her confidence and hand eye coordination and while she has yet to make anything that isn’t a rug she is building quicker and quicker.

She did get a bit upset that she couldn’t immediately create the things she had pictured in her head but I don’t think it’ll be too long before she gets there if she carries on practicing.

I am loving the Plus Plus. It fits in with my OCD tendencies quite well as it’s easy to make beautifully symmetrical builds. Annie enjoys dictating what I should make while she produces carpets and here are a few of her requests…

an apple tree with a red apple

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a beach with a ‘pretty’ umbrella

the-toadstool-plus-plus-review-16a neon butterfly

the-toadstool-plus-plus-review-6Annie herself

the-toadstool-plus-plus-review-2a duck

the-toadstool-plus-plus-review-7a chicken

the-toadstool-plus-plus-review-9a (terrible!) peacock

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a flamingo (because what farm doesn’t have a flamingo these days?!)

the-toadstool-plus-plus-review-10a farmer to look after them all

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The colours are lovely, I’m a huge fan of the neon ones but can see that for building more ‘traditional’ things the regular colours are more useful (but less pretty!).

The bricks themselves feel nice and tactile and have Plus Plus embossed on one side. They retail at £5 for a pack of 100 which may not sound like a lot of bricks but you can make loads of stuff with that number and The Toadstool do sell bigger boxes.

They are quite small and so we have to keep them out of Ezra’s reach, at 19 months old he isn’t ready for these just yet but Plus Plus do make a midi range of bricks for younger kiddos to play with.

This is exactly the sort of thing I can see catching on, especially in schools, the identical brick shapes mean that there can be no fighting over who has the coolest shaped bricks (like with Lego) and everyone is working with the same equipment.

Annie and I both enjoy playing with the Plus Plus and as she gets older she will be able to make more things. She is definitely at the youngest end of the suggest ages for play but I don’t see there being an age where tinkering around with these isn’t fun, even if your choice of build is just a lovely carpet!

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