Build Creativity with Qixels – #Review and #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN12/15

| November 10, 2015 | 62 Comments

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

To learn more about Qixels, you can visit their website. You can also connect with Qixels on Facebook and Twitter through Imports Dragon!

Giveaway Time!

 

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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.

Good Luck!

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.

 

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me! Author's website.

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  1. aarone mawdsley says:

    minions please

  2. Silvia D says:

    my kids would love the Minecraft

  3. Nina says:

    my sons would love to build a dinosaur for sure!

  4. michelle hebert says:

    my kids would make minecraft, minion and little lego people

  5. anna key says:

    My nephew would love to build a shark!

  6. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    My kids would really like he Minecraft

  7. Elena says:

    I think my son would make one of the mine craft characters.

  8. Josie says:

    Minecraft

  9. maria says:

    He would like to make Mine Craft.

  10. SueSueper says:

    My nephew would like to create monsters.

  11. Ami B says:

    Minecraft definitely

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