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TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
At TimetoPlayMag.com, we want to engage, inform and entertain our readers to give them the benefit of our knowledge, experience and the breadth of products we cover. We look at more than 10,000 new toys and children’s products every year, and our primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for the kids in your life.
Our goal is to give you the real story on what you’ll find when you bring a toy home. And we know that every kid and every family is different. That’s why we always say: “The hot toy is only hot if it’s hot for your child.”
Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes great toys and exciting play experiences. We want to help you create the best experiences for your kids and your family.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of what you want to bring into your home — and what’s best for your kids. And because you’re an important part of the Time to Play family, we invite you to let us know if you ever find an error or have any ideas how we can better help you. After all, we exist for one reason: to help you have more fun!
What It Is
Nanoblock are micro-sized building blocks (about 1/8 the size of a traditional LEGO-style building block) that allow kids to build 3-D objects that fit in the palms of their hands. Developed in Tokyo, Nanoblock blocks lock firmly together, thanks to their patented design. The smallest Nanoblock piece is four by four by five millimeters.
There are two Nanoblock collections available: The Mini Series, which come in small resealable plastic bags and feature different buildable animals sold separately, and the Sites to See series, which lets kids build such landmarks as the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. Each set includes anywhere from 150 to more than 500 pieces.
Why It’s Fun
Nanoblock building is challenging and fun for all construction enthusiasts. The sets may be very tiny, but kids will enjoy putting them together, as well as collecting them.
Who It’s For
Nanoblock construction sets are for ages 8 and up. Kids will enjoy building the different sets, but the collectible quality of some of these sets will also appeal to adults.
What to Be Aware of
The Nanoblock sets are assigned difficulty levels (level one is easy and level five is hard) based on how many pieces each set contains. Younger kids may want to start with easier sets and progress to the harder sets.