30 Jun 2016

Get Creative with Simbrix

My son has a flair for constructing all sorts with his brick and toy collection. He also really enjoys dipping in and out of his craft box and comes up with some exquisite creations. I encourage this free play as it does wonders for his creativity. 

He had been asking for melty play beads to add to his collection, so I was very happy for him to try out Simbrix. 

Simbrix are interconnecting beads that link together to form 2-D patterns and structures. Each piece has a tooth and jaw design that fits in with another piece to form repetitive patterns. 

                          Simbrix - interlocking beads in a bag

Our  Simbrix Crafter kit came with 850 Simbrix in 17 pretty colours, all housed in a lovely cotton bag. The bag is a superb idea. It holds all the Simbrix together when not in use, and can be used to carry them around. Fantastic, if you are taking Simbrix away on holiday.
Simbrix Crafter Set

The entire C-house got stuck in creating all sorts with these nifty little beads. J followed a pattern from the leaflets that came with the pack. I went with the flow to create a few geometric shapes. M just had a go slotting the brix together. 

Creating with Simbrix

After a while, J abandoned his structured approach to building and unleashed his creativity. He designed, and I quote, "A robot machine!" 

A robot machine!

We have been playing with Simbrix over the past few days, so can now vouch for their repeat-play value. We have created different things each time, from a flower to an engine and even The Fat Controller from Thomas The Tank Engine. Although it didn't look very much like him!

The important thing is J, and indeed M and me, had to stay focused as we figured out the best way to align the pieces. As the designs unfolded, there were times when we had to rearrange the pieces to make sure the tooth-jaw clasps aligned. Like the large square below. The last white piece on the outside just would not slot in till I had chopped and changed and turned some of the pieces around. It was like solving a puzzle, one that I had inadvertently created myself.

Simbrix come in 17 pretty colours

What I like about Simbrix:

  • Improves hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor movement
  • Improves concentration
  • Encourages patience and perseverance
  • Encourages creativity
  • Fosters a sense of accomplishment
  • The brix are incredibly tactile and can function as a destressor
  • The cotton bag makes it easy to store and transport Simbrix 
  • The colours are vibrant and eye-catching
  • There is sufficient variety in a basic pack to allow for a variety of different builds.
  • The tooth and jaw structure eliminates the need for a peg board. So all you need is just the Simbrix to get creating.
  • Interlocking beads means your build is fairly stable and not prone to breaking easily.
  • You have the option to iron your creations and render them permanent. Or not. In which case, you just carry on re-using the Simbrix to create, build, break and create again.
  • At £15 for a starter set, it is excellent value for money and perfect as a children's gift.
They are tiny, though, so I wouldn't recommend them for very young children or if your child has a tendency to put things in their mouth. Otherwise, Simbrix is great for ages 5 and beyond.  

               Simbrix - great fun for ages 5 and beyond

What I would like to do next, is figure out if there is a way to build 3-D structures with Simbrix. There must be, only I haven't cracked it yet.

You can now buy Simbrix from their website or from Amazon via the link below: 

Disclosure: We were sent a set of Simbrix for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. The post contains affiliate links.


  1. I haven't heard of Simbrix before, but they look great. Just the sort of thing my kids would love.

  2. This looks like great creative fun. A good way to get kids thinking too.


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