Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mega Bloks Dora's Garden Gazebo - Review and Giveaway


With the exception of a few daffodils, the gardens outside our home sit vacant and we're waiting patiently for warmer weather. Hopefully, sometime around Mother's Day, we'll start planting. In the meantime, the little green thumbs in our home have kept busy with some pretend gardening with Dora.

Dora's Garden Gazebo is just one of many Dora the Explorer products that Mega Bloks offers. The gazebo set includes the following 19 pieces to encourage pretend gardening play:

• Build & Dress Dora with 2 interchangeable skirts
• Baby Blue Bird
• Gazebo building (4 blocks)
• Watering Can
• Flower Pot
• Sunflower
• Patio Table and Umbrella
• Pine Tree
• Fence
• Extra blocks (3)

The set is recommended for ages 3+ and includes several small parts. Building the gazebo as pictured on the box really isn't too difficult. Like all building sets, kids can use their imagination to set up the blocks however they prefer, anyway. The small playset works perfectly fine as a stand-alone set and offers several options for imaginative play. My kids prefer to set the gazebo up separately and move the accessories around while they play.

The Build and Dress Dora figure has some special features worth mentioning. It is a positionable doll -- her arms and legs move and her head twists. Even her wrists rotate, allowing her to grasp onto the watering can and dump pretend water onto her flower! The figure pulls apart to make it easy to change out the skirt, from blue to pink or vice versa. Also, if Dora is in the mood to wear pants, one can just leave the skirt off altogether. While my kids can pull the figure apart themselves, they have some difficulty putting it back together.

My daughter especially enjoys playing with the Baby Blue Bird. In fact, at the time I took the photos, the bluebird was off on an exciting adventure somewhere in our home. My son is a little sad that the set only includes one character figure from the TV show. He wanted to know what happened to Boots! I do wish that play sets like this would include more than one main character. Siblings would be able to play with it together and the figures could hold conversations. Also, though it includes a table, this garden set lacks a chair. My kids remedied the situation by using a chair from a Fisher Price toy. An extra flower would be a nice addition as well. The buildable playset works with other Mega Bloks sets (as well as Lego DUPLO bricks) for open-ended play. My kids plan to build a house for Dora so they can attach this set as an outdoor living space.

Dora's Garden Gazebo retails for $14.99 and is available at Kmart, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, select Target stores and Amazon.com.

And, for Mega Bloks fans, MEGA Brands has launched a community website called the Mega Bloks Family Club. It's a free site and members receive a coupon for $5 off any $30+ Mega Bloks purchase in addition to other exclusive content. To sign up, visit http://familyclub.megabloks.com.



MEGA Brands has kindly offered to giveaway a Mega Bloks Dora's Garden Gazebo playset to one (1) Brimful Curiosities reader.

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51 comments:

Kristie said...

My son would enjoy the Fire Patrol Station!

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mommy days said...

My daughter would love the hello kitty big house.
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Librarian Mommy said...

We have a larget set of mega blocks. We would love to add Dora to it!

Trena said...

My daughter's would love any of the Hello Kitty products!!

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Bitterroot Mama said...

I like the Maxi System. It seems pretty fun! debittergroot at gmail dot com

Tj and Amy said...

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The Hello Kitty flowershop would be a hit at my house!!
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Darth Mama said...

My son would go wild for the Dragons Universe stuff, and my daughter would like the Hello Kitty sets. jiyasarma at hotmail dot com

LaDonna said...

My granddaughters would love any of the Dors products but the Hello Kitty Bog House is too cute.

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Sarah said...

I think my little ones would love the girls' fill and dump wagon. (More for the dumping than the filling, of course. I'd be doing most of the filling!)

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Theresa N. said...

I think my granddaughters would enjoy the Hello Kitty flower shop, they've really enjoyed planting flowers this year.
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I like Hello Kitty Mega Bloks Candy Shop!

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Thrifty Mom Spot said...

Would love to win the Dora but Thomas would be great in our home for the boys as well!!!
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