My eldest boy is nuts about Lego. And Lego fan that I am, I’ve always been glad to encourage the fixation. But lately I’ve been looking at all those itsy-bitsy block pieces with a new suspicion, wondering which one’s going to be first to disappear down his inquisitive baby brother’s throat to (hopefully!) reappear in his nappy. So I’m glad there’s a toy like Paolo.
Paolo lets budding engineers and mini artiste’s build the most amazing, fanciful creations using pieces that look incredibly difficult for even the most determined baby to swallow. Perfect for families like mine where infants mix it with toddlers and bigger kids.
Designed by graphic artist Bernd Terwey for German company Remember Products, Paolo comes with one hundred and twenty-two cards in various shapes, sizes and patterns together with fifty connector pieces to stick them all together. Little imaginations can run wild building all sorts of marvellous two-dimensional contraptions while parents of multi-age offspring sit back and enjoy that cup of tea or coffee giving silent thanks that they won’t have to pluck tiny bits of plastic from anyone’s poo!
You can find Paolo for $79 at Design Dispensary in Melbourne, where staff will happily take phone or email orders and ship anywhere in Australia for only $6.