My younger children are at the age where they are becoming more independent. They love creating and playing with the sculptures they have crafted with various mediums. They especially love building structures and characters so they can imagine worlds of adventure and fun during playtime. I was happy when I was asked to review Qixels so they could have a new type of building set to help practice their fine motor skills and their sense of imagination.
Qixels are pixel cubes that connect to each other with the help of water! They allow for users to build a world of creativity one pixel at a time. A Qixel Fuse Blaster is used to spray water to fuse your Qixel together! No heat or glue is required to build this universe of imagination.
I received the following items to review with my family:
• Qixels Turbo Dryer Set with 500 pieces
• Qixels Fuse Blaster set with 500 pixel pieces
• Qixels Martial Arts set
• Qixels Skeleton Army set
My son insisted that we start with the Qixels Fuse Blaster set. I liked that the stencils were double-sided so there were less stencils to worry about, and that there was an example picture of what the character should look like fully assembled at the top of the stencil, as it may not be so clear by using the stencil by itself. Each set also comes with a tray so you can separate and store your pieces whether you are assembling a Qixel or if you are storing extra pieces.
We followed the instructions as we assembled our Qixels characters, then my kids and I used the Fuse Blaster to spray our figures with water in order for the blocks to connect with one another. The individual pieces were really small, but my kids had fun picking them up and placing them on the stencil. After using the Turbo Dryer to whisk away access water, the directions suggested to wait for over 30 minutes for our characters to dry, so we waited for about an hour. Once I removed our little friends from the stencil and the tray, they were still a bit sticky, so we waited an extra 10 minutes just to make sure they were ready for some very active play.
After making many of these characters from the sets provided to us, my son and daughter instantly gravitated towards different figures. My son loved playing with the lobster fiend, and my daughter was drawn towards the dinosaur. They also had fun playing with the other characters we made, and displaying them on the stands provided to show them off, or to put them away for the day.
Some of the sets also include a bag tag piece and string to attach a Qixels figure to the zipper pull of a bag or back pack so the fun can be brought and displayed wherever my kids go.
I had a few issues with Qixels. As I previously stated, I liked that there was a divided container to hold various coloured pieces, but if you are finished and there are leftover pieces, there is no way of covering them so they do not spill. Since I was reviewing more than one set, I received more than one tray, so I used one tray to hold my extra pieces, and the other as a lid to prevent spilling to solve this issue.
My other issue was that I felt the sets could be more gender neutral. I believe that there is so much potential to have sets that are geared towards a single gender as well as sets towards both genders. That being said, there is nothing stopping either gender from enjoying the sets Qixels has to offer, but it would be fun to broaden the Qixels universe by seeing more of a variety of gender neutral and gender specific sets available.
Overall, my kids enjoyed creating and playing with Qixels. They were easy to assemble, there was no mess to deal with while creating these characters, and my kids had fun playing with these figures for a long time after they were build. They instantly picked them up and started imagining situations that these little characters would be in. Finally, putting the Qixels together allowed for us to have some bonding time together away from the television.
Qixels would like for one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club readers to build their own worlds of creativity by giving away one (1) Qixels Turbo Dryer set as part of our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!
The ARV of this prize package is $35!
This giveaway is open to residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on December 15th, 2015.
Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.