If you love building blocks, you need to try NoilzBox
They say building blocks are fun for ages 6–99 years. But once the adults try NoilzBox, the kids might not get a look-in. These tiny silicon blocks allow you to create perfect curves and intricate patterns.
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Building blocks have been around for a long time. As a child of the late 18th century, you might have been lucky enough to own a small collection of simple wooden blocks. These could be stacked to form small, fairly generic edifices.
In 1947, things got more interesting. Danish toy maker, LEGO, released a new kind of building block made from plastic. Thanks to a special locking mechanism, these bricks could be used more imaginatively.
Seventy years later, we have the next progression. NoilzBox building blocks are small and made from silicon. The design means you can create beautiful models of almost any shape.
What are silicon building blocks?
For too long, playtime construction has been limited by the rigidity of plastic. Why can’t we build squishy houses and trains with rubbery wheels?
Being made from silicon, NoilzBox building blocks add something new to this niche. Their flexibility means you can easily build life-like characters. In addition, you don’t have to settle for jagged curves.
Unique construction toys
While NoilzBox clearly has something in common with plastic building blocks, the system was actually inspired by origami.
You can see the link in some of the example projects. Rather than towers and forts, you will notice elegant animals and colorful ornaments.
The blocks themselves are triangular, with flattened edges. The center is hollow, allowing multiple blocks to slot together like tongue and groove joints.
The unique design also has several additional benefits. Firstly, it’s possible to fit the blocks together to form a gentle curve or even a complete sphere. This immediately opens up a world of ideas that were impossible to accomplish with rectangular bricks.
Secondly, those flattened edges won’t damage little hands. NoilzBox is safe for any child above chewing age. Parents will also appreciate the safety aspect — no more painful traps for unsuspecting feet.
Furthermore, NoilzBox blocks are dishwasher safe and virtually indestructible. This means they are easy to clean, and they should last for many years.
While many of these attributes are desirable, building blocks also need to be fun — and NoilzBox certainly delivers in this department.
The blocks come in a large range of colors, and the supplied booklet provides some starter projects to try. In addition, the NoilzBox YouTube channel has countless tutorials to follow along with.
“Inspired by origami art, NoilzBox are silicon building blocks which allow you to create whatever shape comes to mind!” — LineNine pro on Kickstarter
What we ❤️
It’s about time that construction toys had an update. NoilzBox offers something completely different and better suited to a world of 3D printers and CGI.
Things to note
Because of the interlocking nature of these blocks, along with their small size, it does take a while to build something impressive. As a parent, you may need to guide younger kids to keep them interested.
– Kickstarter: Until October 8th
– Pledge: $40 USD
– Delivery: March 2019