Saturday, 30 August 2014

Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank

Since introducing you to Goldie Blox we've been busy here at Cuthberts playing around with the sets and getting budding little engineers to do so too. Each set not only contains a construction set but also a story which children are invited to build along with.

What's inside the box

In Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank Goldie is desperate to wash her dog Nacho who has managed to get covered in mud. Nacho is not so keen though. He wants less water and more playtime. Goldie soon realises that she's going to have to trick him into getting clean so she come up with the idea of creating a dunk tank which she lures him to with the help of squirrel-scented Chomper Chips.

Once Nacho is up on the platform all Goldie has to do is aim a ball at the target (in true fairground style) and then Nacho will get his long-awaited bath.

Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank aims to introduce the engineering concept of hinges and how they work to children. They are given step by step instructions to build their own dunk tank using their Goldie Blox kit. Here's how it works.

The beauty of Goldie Blox is that not only can you follow Goldie's instructions to build along with the story, but there are also a few suggestions included of other things than can be made with the kit.

Nacho takes to the sky in his own aeroplane.

A slightly modified version of the helicopter design - mainly as we couldn't get some of the blocks to work as they suggested in the instructions!

Then it's up to children's imaginations as to what they want to build next. All the parts in the Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank set are fully compatible with the other two sets that are available (Goldie Blox and the Parade Float and Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine) meaning that together they really can be used to build some huge creations. 

So why not see what your children build with Goldie Blox and share it with us on our Facebook page here.

Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank is available in store at Cuthberts' shops in St Albans, Hatfield Galleria and Letchwork - along with the rest of the Goldie Blox range. Goldie Blox is also available online here.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Introducing GoldieBlox

Here at Cuthberts we try to keep our ear to the ground when it comes to new toys, especially when everyone is talking about them on social media. About a year ago this fantastic video popped into our Facebook timeline and there's no wonder it went viral.

GoldieBlox was invented by American engineer Debbie Sterling with the simple aim to inspire the next generation of female engineers. By introducing engineering concepts to girls at an early age GoldieBlox hopes to present them with more career options in the future, and help them see that gender really doesn't limit your future in any way.

Each GoldieBlox set contains a book and a construction set. Children are encouraged to build along with Goldie, the girl inventor in the series who solves problems by building machines. Research has shown that boys and girls learn differently and girls respond far better to the idea of building along with a story - hence the concept behind GoldieBlox.
As well as being a huge viral internet hit GoldieBlox has also been incredibly successful in the US, selling over $1M of sets in less than a year. And now Goldie is coming to the UK!

We're delighted that Cuthberts are going to be stocking GoldieBlox from September 2014. There are three sets to watch out for: GoldieBlox and The Spinning Machine - where Goldie builds a machine to help her dog Nacho to chase his tail, GoldieBlox and The Parade Float - in which Goldie builds a parade foot to carry the winner of the town princess pageant through town, and GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank - when Goldie has to come up with a way of cleaning her dog Nacho who hates water.

Keep an eye on our Cuthberts Blog to see a review of the GoldieBlox sets very soon! If you're looking for something to inspire girls ages 4 and over then GoldieBlox really is the perfect engineering solution.

STOP PRESS. All the Goldie Blox sets are in store now (St Albans, Letchworth and Hatfield Galleria) and you can also buy Goldie Blox sets online from us here.
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