My boys, like many of yours I'm sure, LOVE building with blocks. Any.kind.of.blocks. Thanks to Team Mom, we had the opportunity to check out the Mega Bloks brand and got the chance to review the Thomas & Friends Busy Day at the Quarry set!
We were headed out the door when I discovered this package hanging out on our porch, just waiting for two little boys to enjoy! We packed it up in the car and brought it along to Grandma's house for a little afternoon fun!
Since the recommended age on this set is ages 3+, we waited until Tiny Man had gone down for a nap before getting it all set up for Talker Man. As you can see, Little Miss Princess was the key helper in putting it together. ;) This set comes with two trains, Thomas and Mavis. They're made out of Mega Bloks too, and Talker Man likes to be funny and switch their faces around to make what he calls "hilarious different trains!"
If you have little ones younger than the recommended age and they still put things in their mouths, you'll want to watch out for the coal pieces. They're pretty small and have to be put up and kept out of Tiny Man's reach because he thinks they're great to put in his mouth.
When we set the track up as per the instructions, we had a really hard time getting the tracks to stay together. The weight of the trains would send it crashing down. I'm not sure if that's just user error or just a bit of bad planning, but it led to a lot of frustration. We don't use the instructions to put it together any more, we use our imaginations! We've had the best experience putting it together a little more like this:
It makes the playset longer and it seems like there's a little more to do and much less pressure is put on the tracks when the trains go down. It's made for less tears and frustration too! So if one way doesn't work, just try it a different way!
I love that the box and lid of this set are actually pieces of the set. You flip the box over and get more track! When you're all done playing, everything fits neatly and easily back inside the box. Just snap the lid on and you're good to go! I love toys that provide their own storage, it really makes it easier to keep all of the pieces together and prevents them from getting lost of mixed in with other toys.
Overall, we really like this set. The portability and easy storage makes it great for Mom and the theme and overall fun make it great for kids!
You can purchase this set online or at your local retailer for about $29.99.
Disclaimer: Thanks to the above company in partnership with Team Mom, I was sent the aforementioned product in return for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was received.