A couple of weeks ago Lucas was sent* a BRIO builder deluxe set to review. Brio are well known for their wooden train sets. The builder set is aimed at children from 3 years of age and contains an incredible 270 pieces!
It inspires a huge selection of wooden and plastic components and 4 tools for free play.
“Free Play” is described by the charity Play England as:
“Children choosing what they want to do, how they want to do it and when to stop and try something else. Free play has no external goals set by adults and has no adult imposed curriculum. Although adults usually provide the space and resources for free play and might be involved, the child takes the lead and the adults respond to cues from the child”.
There are also pieces that include eye graphics to enable character play.
At the age of 3, children’s hand-eye coordination becomes refined, and fine motor skills are improving through handling small objects which this set is perfect to encourage.
The set comes with some ideas of what to build but not instructions, it’s is all about imaginative play and learning through play to explore, discover and create what the child wants. We did try to make the crane that was pictured but struggled with the pieces in the set, there was one part that needed something that isn’t in the set but that being said I do think it’s a fab set.
There are so many possibilities that this set can be used again and again and will last many years. As Lucas becomes older and his skills improve he will be able to make more and more creations. Lucas is really enjoying playing with it and also Grandad too!
BRIO are also conscious of the impact their products can have on the environment and ensure they only use wood from FSC certified wood. They also continuously strive to improve their way of working so they can minimise their carbon footprint x