With three boys at home, I have gone through enough toys to learn that the best toys for my children are not necessarily the most expensive or fancy toys with all the flashing lights, bells and whistles.
Rather, the select few toys that my boys always return to are always the ones that leave room for imagination and encourage creativity and free play.
The founders of Little Llama believe very strongly in the power of engagement and open-ended free play in early childhood development. They pride themselves in sourcing globally for the best books, games and toys and bringing them right to our doorsteps.
Driven by a passion for great design, MOLUK strives to create innovative, sustainable products that don’t just entertain kids on a superficial level, but invite real interaction. In a time where everything is getting more virtual, MOLUK offers toys that are totally manual, toys that get children to move and explore, toys that stimulate their senses and minds.
Made from non-toxic and shatterproof polyethylene, there is no right or fixed way to play with the Bilibo. I gave it to my boys without telling them what it was – I wanted to see what they would do with it 🙂
Of course, the first thing they did was plonk their little bums inside for a spin. So far, they have had numerous spinning competitions to see who can spin the most number of rounds. Lots of dramatic spills and giggles guaranteed. (Alas, why is my bum not child-sized?)
Besides spinning, the Bilibo has also doubled as a hat/helmet (it has two little holes for peering out), a tortoise shell, a chair, a cot for Jo’s doll and even a wok for their masak-masak escapades.
That’s pretty good mileage for a deceptively simple toy with zero buttons or blinking lights. Bonus points for how hardy and easily cleanable it is too.
The other day, my boys decided to bring the Bilibo along to the pool. Sean donned it as a spy helmet, swimming stealthily in the water to scare his hapless mother (that would be me). Ryan used it as a giant scoop and sweet Jo used it as his soup pot and served up a decent ‘cheeken’ soup 🙂
Isn’t it amazing that all three boys of varying ages (from 2 to 7) can come up with endless ways to play with it?
Then there’s the Bilibo Game Box. It comes with 6 miniature Bilibos in different colours, 36 game chips and a customizable dice. The amazing thing is, there are no rules or instructions on how to play with it. It is entirely up to the children to dream up of ways to play with it. They are limited only by their own imagination!
Jo (aged 2.5) was happy naming the colours of the mini Bilibos (boo, geen, yewo, purpur, owange and pink!). I played a little sorting and counting game with him – he sorted the game chips by colour and practiced counting. You can even stack the mini Bilibos or try to balance them on top of each other (two Bilibos can fit nicely to form a ball-like shape).
Within minutes of trying the game out, the older boys Sean and Ryan invented a game where they would collect game chips and advance their mini Bilibos whenever their selected colours show up on the dice. Pretty ingenious!
So far, I have also seen them use the mini Bilibos as containers for snacks and as ‘Ninja Turtle’ puppets to fight the baddies 🙂
Here are some other ways you can play with the Bilibo Game Box:
It is obvious a lot of thought and care has gone into the making of this toy set.
Truly a toy that promotes hand-eye coordination and open-ended play and I am sure my boys will think of many other ways to play with the set in time to come. (A word of caution though: the small pieces may be a choking hazard for babies so the toy is best suited for children aged 1 and above.)
Look Ma, it’s raining!
Lastly, my boys loved the adorable Plui Rain Cloud. You can fill it up by submerging it in water and then, TA-DA you get rain droplets from a rain cloud!
It is actually a good way to introduce children to Archimedes’ Principle (do you know it too?). In layman terms, it means once you stop seeing bubbles emerging from the cloud, it means the cloud is full!
The best part is, instead of whining about bath time, my boys are always more than eager to take a shower now because it means they can play the weatherman and make rain 🙂
You can check out the many cool toys that Little Llama carries at their website. They also have a good selection of children’s books (with some of our favourite titles like How to Catch A Star, Press Here and The Day The Crayons Quit) and very reasonably priced gift bundles filled with their best-selling toys and books. What’s more, you can ‘like’ them on Facebook or join their mailing list to get 15% discount code.
If you want to have a feel of the toys before purchasing, Little Llama will be at Kids World Fair 2016 (booth D21). The fair is on from 2-4 September 2016 at Suntec City. Do go down to discover the MOLUK range through hands-on sessions, and enjoy some fair-only discounts while you are there!
3) ‘Like’ and ‘share’ my Facebook post on Little Llama and tag 2 friends in the comments.
4) Add me (‘Olimomok’) on Instagram.
Then complete the steps in the following Little Llama raffle by 31 August (next Wednesday) end of day (Singapore time). This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. I will be picking 2 winners – good luck!
Disclaimer: We received the toys for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received. The pleasure was all ours 🙂