This Christmas, we’ve decided to really focus on STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math) gifts rather than toys with lots of lights, sounds, and batteries. We’ve realized that almost all of the toys that our kids tend to play with over and over are STREAM toys anyway, and right now, some of their very favorites are building block and snap together sets. After building one thing, they pass it on to the next brother, combine some different sets, and create something completely different. It’s the perfect way to keep their minds and hands busy without the need for screens, loud noises, and moving things. Strictly Briks, a family-run company in Wisconsin, saw the same thing- their kids just loved to build with construction sets- but they wanted even more open-ended options that didn’t require you to build just what was on the front of the box. So, dad and creator, Brian Semling, started Strictly Briks in 2014 with his wife and 2 children. Their mission was to create innovative, open-ended construction sets that are designed to be used with toys that the kids already have- such as cars, action figures, mini figs, and other block construction sets. We recently had the opportunity to try out one of the favorite sets from Strictly Briks- the Cube and Creatorz.
Based somewhat on some of their most popular items- baseplates- the Cube is a multidimensional box made from 6 different baseplates that attach to each other on hinges.
When combined with the included multi size Creatorz blocks, the idea of block construction sets takes on a whole new life. Rather than building and creating on the same flat plane, the Cube and Creators make creating multidimensional!
Each baseplate has two sides- one with small pegs for traditional construction block sets (like Legos), and one side with larger pegs for big bricks (also Mega Bloks). There are two different sizes of Creatorz, which attach to traditional sets, and really bring in the multidimensional aspect. Using the traditional sets that my boys already own, they can build in literally any direction from the Cube, making new creations that were never possible on a flat plane. Plus, the Cube can function as a storage box to keep other blocks inside or the baseplates can come apart and be used separately.
Stricly Briks also makes their own line of briks, which come in a large variety of colors, shapes, and sizes in both traditional and large briks (and are much cheaper than other brands of construction blocks, all while keeping great quality!). One of their most popular items are their Stackable Baseplates and Stackers- which are literally different colored and shaped baseplates (think triangle, square, circle) with special Stackers to make multilayered brick building experiences. They also have their new Brik Buster game for ages 3+, MathBriks, AlphaBriks, and one very cool product that I can’t wait to get for my boys for Christmas- Silicone Briks and Straps! Made from silicone, both the Briks and Straps are completely flexible and attach to other brick sets to make even more imaginative play a reality (think swinging bridges, slides, even jewelry!). Plus, Strictly Briks products are compatible with all major brands, including LEGO, DUPLO, Mega Bloks, & K’NEX brand sets, so they are a fantastic addition to use with what your kids already love.
On their website, there are tons of inspirational pictures and videos to see how Strictly Briks work in action. They are available for purchase on their website, Amazon, and any of the over 25 Bricks and Minifigs retail locations. They have a 100% satisfaction money back guarantee, as well as some really awesome reviews, so you can buy in confidence knowing they stand behind their product before you wrap them up for that special kiddo in your life this Christmas.
Strictly Briks is also giving one of our lucky readers their own Cube and Creatorz set, so be sure to enter below.