Children have an indefatigable talent for finding unusual uses for their toys or, more inconveniently, finding interesting new uses for your property – mostly at the exact same time that you need it.
If you have given a present and found that the kids play more with the box or, like me, have despaired at spending Christmas Day watching the children use the tubes from the tinfoil and the wrapping paper as swords, whilst ignoring all their carefully selected, non-violent toys, the perfect present has arrived. Say hello to Bilibo.
Tortoise shell and sand toy, swing and spinner, cradle for dolls and a shell to build with in the snow – Bilibo is all this and much more. So what exactly is a Bilibo? Well one clue is the fact that it does not come with an instruction manual. Kids can do what they like with it!
Says Alex Hochstrasser, Swiss inventor and designer of Bilibo, “When I introduced the prototypes at the kindergarten of my hometown the little ones were astonished at first. But then a boy sat down in Bilibo and started spinning, a girl turned Bilibo around and tried to balance on him – after that you just could not stop them any more.”
This shell is made of high density polyethylene which is shock-resistant, weather-proof, food safe, completely recyclable and comes in six bright colors. Bilibo is big enough that kids of different ages can sit in it comfortably. All this, and friendly too -Bilibo has two holes at the side which look like eyes and give the appearance of a smiling face on the shell.
As one of the top online toy retailers, we have access to unprecendented quantities of product review data. One of the key ways that we use this data is by associating our products to the specific ages and genders of the kids who are playing with them. Whereas most retailers must rely upon manufacturer suggested ages (i.e. 3+), we take actual customer usage and share it with you here so that you can choose the perfect toy or game.
But how does this help me? You can use these graphs as a general measure of it's appropriateness for a given age and gender. While this information is generally accurate, it should not be used as an absolute answer. For instance, many dinosaur toys are purchased for boys, however, that doesn't mean that it's inappropriate for a girl who happens to like dinosaurs.
NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 2 years of age.
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Autism
"Used in occupational therapy."
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Autism,
Speech & Language Delay
"My daughter is a sensory seeking child and loves vestibular input. This toy gives her the spinning she likes, and frees me up from spinning her around and making myself dizzy!"
A very interesting toy for some and not for others. I thought that my constant moving 2 year old would love to twirl in it but she does not and it is not a very twirly toy when a child is in it and is trying to twirl. My children like to stand on it and wear as a hat around the house. Now it is used as a storge bucket.
Great Imagination Play
Posted 10 days ago by Paul Sproles
My 4 year old son has a vivid imagination, and in turn loves this toy! He uses it for everything from a seat to a shield. It is just like a cardboard box for children. It is so simple, but children have such great imaginations that they come up with hours of play. I would recommend this to anyone with young children, especially those with large imaginations!
Great addition to our Minds-in-Motion maze!
Posted 13 days ago by Lafayette Academy, Floyds Knobs
This toy has the potential to be used in many ways. We purchased two, and so far we have simply introduced them for the ability to spin, but look forward to introducing other activities to the children as we change-up our Minds-in-Motion maze each season.
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