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Thursday, 26 August 2010
Lockrobots - A Well Kept Secret
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

I've written before about our experience at our first ever homeschool convention in Cincinnati last spring. John Allen came with me every day and we had blast! One of the neatest things about any homeschool convention are all of the vendor booths that are set up. There were dozens and dozens of vendors. Some were vendors that the homeschool crew had the privilege to work with last year. We had a fun time getting to know them and talking with them face to face about their great products. Other vendors were new to us but were equally as nice.

One product that was brand new to us was Lockrobots. Their super nice guys had a booth set up with lockrobots for the kids to play with. John Allen was so enthralled by the Lockrobots and the booth workers (which ended up being the inventor and educational consultant Mike Teel and Dan Olson) that he visited their stand over and over again. In fact, if we ever got separated, we had a standing agreement that we would meet at the Lockrobot booth. During our time at the convention John Allen learned how to make every model that they had and he even invented a few things of his own. Mike and Dan were so nice to John Allen that they ended up giving him a free set at the end of the convention.

I, in turn, was so impressed with Lockrobots that I decided to write a review of them on my blog - not because John Allen was given a free set, mind you, but because I really do like the product. Lockrobots are so much more than a toy, they are super educational as well. But, before I tell you more about them, John Allen wrote a review of them himself:

Lockrobots are a connection kind of toy that are shaped like a person. I saw their booth a the home school convention and totally fell in love with them!! You can create many things with them like an elephant, giraffe, plane, helicopter, and many more!! there are 4 ways to lock them together. See if you can find all 4!! They are also very good for homeschooling, and therapy. They have 4 different sized cases, a 15 Lockrobot case, for toddlers, a 30 Lockrobot case, for a little more experienced builders, a 70 Lockrobot case, for advanced builders, and a 150 Lockrobot case, for master builders. This person shaped toy is fun for kids of all ages, and their parents too!!

One of the great "extras" of Lockrobots is their website. They have instructions for all kinds of neat structures that you can build with them. They also have directions for some fun family games that you can play with them as well as two great educational pages that talk about using Lockrobots in homeschool or in a classroom. It's amazing how you can incorporate them in whatever you are learning. Just the other day Joshua and I used them to talk about cause and effect. This is truly a toy that is an all around toy. It's fun to play with on its own, and a great learning tool as well.

Lockrobots range in price from $11 for the 15 piece set to $69 for the 150 piece set. Each set comes in a bucket or storage box and comes with instructions. To find out more about this great product, just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. Have fun!

I wrote this review because of my impression of the Lockrobot product. No compensation was given and, although my son was given a free set, it was not done as a payment to write this review. Everything said in this review is a direct reflection of how I feel about this product.




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Posted by tink38570 at 11:18 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 27 August 2010 11:37 PM CDT
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Friday, 27 August 2010 - 7:09 PM CDT

Name: "Heather"
Home Page: http://faithfamilyandfun.com

These sound really neat! I am going to go check out their website--my boys might really like them. Thanks for telling us!

Friday, 27 August 2010 - 7:13 PM CDT

Name: "Brenda Emmett"
Home Page: http://myhomeschoolgarden.com/

I LOVE these!  They are just so cool!  I passed their information onto the appropriate department for the TOS Crew.  I hope we are able to get to review this product.  ;)

It looks like there has been some fun in your home with these cool locking/building toys.   My son is drooling over these.  They would make a wonderful Christmas gift.  I love that they are learning, therapy, and fun all rolled into one.

Thanks for sharing!  :)


Friday, 27 August 2010 - 8:48 PM CDT

Name: "Martha"

These sure look like a lot of fun.  I will have to check out their website.  Thank you for posting about this post on the Crew.  I think my son would really like these as he builds with anything he can get his hands on.

Friday, 27 August 2010 - 9:11 PM CDT

Name: "Pebblekeeper ~Angie W."
Home Page: http://pebblekeeper.wordpress.com

Those sound really great! I'm heading over to their site!

Friday, 27 August 2010 - 9:36 PM CDT

Name: "Kimberly L."
Home Page: http://welovetohomeschool.com

Those look really cool.  Different and fun.  I know my kids would have a blast with something like that.

Friday, 27 August 2010 - 10:08 PM CDT

Name: "Catherine"
Home Page: http://homeschoolblogger.com/brindamorr/

These look like a lot of fun!  My guys wouldn't even realize they were getting OT while we played with them.  ;)  

Thanks for sharing about them, I have added them to my wish list! 

Friday, 27 August 2010 - 10:33 PM CDT

Name: "Barbara C."
Home Page: http://www.aliveinspirit.com/wordpress

Very cool.  I don't know how I missed these at the convention.  I'll have to check out their website.  My daughters love building things. 

Friday, 27 August 2010 - 10:48 PM CDT

Name: "Kristi"
Home Page: http://www.clotheslinemusings.blogspot.com

Wow those look super fun!  Maybe I should put the bug in the grandparent's ears for Christmas.  I'm visualizing animals being built by my 6 yr old and I am visualizing patterns being practiced wtih my nearly 4 year old during Pre-K time!! Blue, Yellow, Yellow, Blue, Yellow..... oh wait I'm typing aren't I.  :)

Thank you for sharing, I'm going to put up a link on my FB also.  :)  Super sweet.

Saturday, 28 August 2010 - 8:21 PM CDT

Name: "Penny"
Home Page: http://www.notnewtoautism.blogspot.com

THE LOCKROBOTS LOOK SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NEAT!!!!!!!  Looks like we could get some fine motor practice/strength building along with imaginary play plus visual discrimination by making models that Lockrobots pictures for us.  

I think parents and professionals who work with kids on the autism spectrum would really like Lockrobots.



Saturday, 28 August 2010 - 8:24 PM CDT

Name: "Kellyann"
Home Page: http://walkinghomesk.blogspot.com

Great review!  I really liked your son's perspective.  These seem like a good alternative for toddlers who like to build, but can't be trusted not to eat the leggos.

Saturday, 28 August 2010 - 9:35 PM CDT

Name: "Jennifer"
Home Page: http://www.mcquill-land.blogspot.com

These are really cool. I'm sure my LEGO-building, Knex creating, Block stacking little boys would LOVE them!  Thanks for sharing!

Thursday, 2 September 2010 - 10:22 PM CDT

Name: "Melissa"
Home Page: http://dayindayoutdayupdaydown.blogspot.com/

Those look like FUN! I know my building boys (and girls for that matter) would have a blast playing with them. What a neat concept and company. Glad you're getting the word out--I've never heard of them.

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