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Clicking and creating – Miclik construction fun [Review]

April 11, 2016

The kids love to build. They love to build and demolish; and then build and build and build some more. We’ve amassed a whole lot of building toys from blocks to Lego bricks, including the Duplo, as well as Playmobil sets and a whole bunch of rods and magnetic balls for creating and constructing for hours on end.

As part of my work at Trehaus, I recently got to meet the youthful and enterprising people behind Explorer Junior. These folks take entrepreneurship to a whole new level – they started this enrichment enterprise wholly believing that every child is a curious explorer and unique in his own way. Their keen interest in early childhood led them to create programmes to engage little hands and minds in topics like science, history and current affairs. And they started this while being undergraduates in NUS. Woah. I was only looking for internships as an undergrad.

Talk about getting a headstart, these enthusiastic folks.

Clearly, I am already impressed! So when they approached me to review these construction toy called Miclik from Barcelona, I know my kids would be thrilled.

Miclik (5)

Other than its really hard to pronounce name, Miclik is a bundle and burst of colours. Every box comes with 48 connectors in four different colours. A girl like Becks was terribly excited to see construction toys come in hot pink at last and it made me very happy to see her beam and think that she could now at last create a world of princess possibilities.

And made she did:
Miclik (2)
Miclik (3)

Miclik (7)

The boys took their favourite colours – Ben yellow and Nat green – and created dragons that could fly and monsters, barricades and snakes. It’s funny how they threw the suggestions from the Miclik instruction booklet out of the window (not literally) and embarked in creating things long and beast-like.

Miclik (4)

Miclik (1)

Boys.

I found the Miclik plastic connectors a pleasure to hold and use. There are no sharp corners and every piece is of the same shape and size – a huge reprieve from all those Lego bricks I have been constantly stepping on and finding in odd corners. It’s easy to pack and keep, and perfect for an OCD mother to sort. However, I must say, it didn’t have as much mileage as the huge bag of unsorted Lego we have. The kids were a bit challenged after a while. Because the dragons and beasts need to be slayed by wizards and knights and they needed to go back to their Lego minifigures. And guess what happens when they open up their Lego bag? They forgot what they wanted to do with their Miclik creations.

Nonetheless, it was a pleasure building with Miclik. I guess the little girl had the most fun. At least until the pink pieces ran out.

Miclik is sold exclusively at Explorer Junior (here for more details) at SGD 49.90, and in my opinion, makes a great gift for birthdays and Christmas. It’s extremely kind for little hands that are 3- 6 years (and even older), especially if these hands are not ready for Lego yet. I hear too, that Miclik is designed and produced with the philosophy of being “respectful to the environment” and “safe and honest with the materials” in mind (source). Ok, more reasons to buy this as gifts, and for our little ones!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

The folks at Explorer Junior are giving away 3 boxes of Miclik to keep three pairs of little hands engaged and busy with building and creating! Participate in the giveaway through Rafflecopter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway ends 30th April 2016 (12am).

Disclosure: We were given two sets of Miclik for the purpose of this review. All opinions here, especially on OCD, Lego constuction and a little girl’s preference are all my own.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Sandra New April 29, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    I’d like to win Miclik for my two boys (5 & 6 yo).
    They would love it to the max !
    I wants to see what they would come out with their imagination.
    Also a great family bonding !
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Reply Zoe April 22, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Would love to win this for all the fun and creativity it will unleash in my 4 year old!

  • Reply SIM SEOW YEE April 18, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    I would love to win this for my little boy who will turn 3 yo next month. He currently loves to play with lego.

  • Reply Michelle April 18, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    New toy! My 3 year old baby will surely love this one. I didn’t know this one already exists as I’m only aware of Lego and blocks. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Christina April 17, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Would love to win for my twin toddlers and my elder girl who just turned 4! They love Duplos and toys that they can connect and create something with. And I love to encourage their imagination so the Miclik would be a perfect toy for them to share and to have endless fun with. Clik clik and there you go- a sword or a crown or perhaps a boat. I can’t wait to join in the fun too 🙂

  • Reply Peik April 14, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    It would be great if I could win this for my child who will be turning 4 soon. We love open ended toys and this looks fun!

  • Reply Zoey Chan April 13, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    I’d like to win it for my children. This Miclik will give them an opportunity for quiet constructive play, sibling bickering will cease momentarily … and it’ll bliss for me! Thanks Motherkao for the awesome giveaway!

  • Reply XY April 13, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    My almost 3 year old would love this!

  • Reply Radhika Chandrasekaran April 13, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    I would love to win it for my 2 year old girl who is fascinated with all building blocks and keeps wanting new ones to keep her busy.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Jingxian Liang April 13, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Would love to win for my 2 boys who love to play such creative construction toys.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply lu siu Ching April 12, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    I want to win for my 4 yr old!

  • Reply ZJ April 12, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    My boys love building toys and fiddly things help to keep them still – would love a set! Thanks

  • Reply Robert Sim April 12, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    I would love to win this this for my children to play with their cousins at their grandma’s place.

  • Reply Carol Mei Mei Lim April 12, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Would love to win it for my boys who love to free-play, open-ended construction sets.

  • Reply Rebecca April 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    I would really love to win it for my toddler and child . Great toys to keep them busy while I can get the cooking done . It is better than watching tv

  • Reply Ting April 12, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Would like to win a set for my boys to try out! I been wanting to move on from legos (the keeping part) but magnets and rods are not too suitable for my youngest yet. This Miclik (how to pronounce it ah) looks perfect!

  • Reply Claudia April 11, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Been wanting to get a set for my girls to play since I first saw it online sometime back. But this busy mummy is guilty for not having time to buy the set! So here I am trying my luck to win it! LOL! My girls love LEGO and this I’m sure will get their fingers busy while Mummy me keeps mine busy typing on my keyboard to get more project pitch done.

    Thanks Motherkao! 😛

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