Smarcks Talking Blocks {Review & Giveaway}

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Wondering what Smarcks are?  They are the “World’s Smartest Building Blocks” because they are Smart Blocks.  They talk, they sing, they entertain and they teach.  The owner and creator of Smart Blocks, Scott Seligman, is a father of four young children and a mechanical engineer who decided to take the building blocks our kids love to a whole new level. He designed this set of blocks to teach colors, manners, nursery rhymes, ABC’s, Shapes, Basic Counting, memory skills, creative thinking and even math!  Kids already love blocks, so why not incorporate puzzles into the play routine?  Scott sent my family a set of these Talking Building Blocks and is also offering a Learning Set to one of my readers (that’s a $77 value)!

Smarck Full Set

How Smarcks Work

The blocks with the cute little eyes and nose are the Smarcks. These are the blocks your kids will love to figure out.

Sophia Smarcks Block

They attach to each other and to a set of building blocks that have of different shapes and sizes with different patterns on each piece.  The Smart Blocks have little pins inside that react differently when they are put on top of different blocks.  This creates the puzzle.  As you experiment with the blocks, you reveal different songs, nursery rhymes, letters or colors. There are batteries in the Smarcks that are replaceable.  Ours have not yet run out and we play with these blocks a lot.  These blocks can be used with Mega Blocks although they will not respond.  I still love this for making huge towers and being able to use toys we already had.  Each Smarck has a little brain that responds differently to different pieces but also to sequences.  These create harder puzzles for children to play an entire nursery rhyme or song.  You can also tickle your Smarcks and make them laugh.  Each block has a ticklish spot that kids can find by experimenting with pressing down the pins inside in different combinations.  Making the blocks laugh is always an accomplishment.

How to Play With Smarcks

We have had these blocks for a couple of months and still are nowhere near hearing everything they have to say.   You can use the blocks simply experimentally and over time kids will use their memories to attach the blocks they want to hear a certain saying.  My son Miles loves to hear the Orange Block say that it is Orange like a tiger.  He has figured this tiny puzzle out and starts with this every time.  He  also knows the ticklish spot on this block and likes to giggle right along with it.  All the kids LOVE to hear the nursery rhymes and songs.  Even Violet, at 14 months old, can put two blocks together and bounce to the music.

Violet Smarcks Dance

Smarcks are made for ages 1 and up but even younger babies will like the sounds and colors as their siblings play.

The Smart Blocks for the youngest children are the Color and Manner Blocks.  They each have cute sayings about what color they are and incorporate good behavior.  For instance, the green block says “I am a block that’s green and I am never mean”.  There are 7 color and manner blocks available in your standard rainbow plus pink.

The next level up includes the Nursery Rhyme Blocks.  These are recommended for ages 2 and up but again, they are still fun for younger kids.  These blocks play multiple different nursery rhymes sometimes all at once and sometimes line by line, depending on where you put them.  They also play animal noises with the Old MacDonald song.  This is a hit with the kids.  Again, sometimes my kids want to experiment and see what they can figure out.  At this level, there are puzzle guides available on the Talking Building Blocks website that give detailed picture guides to solve the puzzle.  I really like this.  Not only are the Smarcks building toys but they are also actually complex enough to help kids learn to follow directions.  Both Sophia (4) and Miles (almost 3) are learning to copy the pictures to make the blocks play in a certain order.  I think this is a wonderful skill for kids to learn.  This is teaching them to identify a block as a drawing and attach that mental picture to a physical block and then merge those two concepts to complete the puzzle.  It takes time and I can see them focusing, making mistakes and correcting themselves.  Here is Sophia counting to figure out what piece she needs next.

Counting Smarcks

The third level block is ABC’s, Shapes & Counting Blocks. This level is for ages 3 and up but I have found that all the 2 year olds love them even if they do not spell yet.  Both Miles and Sophia love these blocks. The green counting block counts the sum of the blocks it is placed on.  The yellow shape block knows 8 different shapes on the top of the blocks.  The orange ABC block spells 26 words.  No, we have not figured out how to hear all 26 yet.  Exciting, right?  Sometimes I sit there and try to find another word.  Yeah, they are smarter than me.  The counting blocks are meant to  build a base for the final level, the Math Blocks.

The fourth level is the Music & Dancing Lights Blocks.  Listed for ages 4 and up due to the difficulty of solving the final puzzle, they are hands down my family’s favorite blocks.  They each play a portion of the Smarcks 15 verse song and they light up with the music.  You don’t have to have the sequence to hear the song in separate pieces so all the kids adore them.  Miles rocks out as soon as the block starts playing.  We finally completed the puzzle with the directions using almost every one of the 70 blocks.   It was hard and the kids loved moving the blocks around our tower to create the song!

Music Smarcks

The final level is the Math Blocks. These blocks are meant for children ages 5 and up.  Sophia is loving them at age 4.  They are not meant to teach literal addition and subtraction, but to talk about math and make it fun.  I love that we are starting to talk about math and even sing about it with these blocks.

Smarcks are Still Blocks

At the end of the day, the kids love all the games and sounds but they still love building a huge tower just as much.  The interaction just makes it more fun!  One of our favorite things to do is build the tower a little loose and then push down and make all the blocks talk at the same time.  It’s a wild sound and the kids think it is hilarious!  The blocks are easy to build with and even the littlest hands can grasp and maneuver them.

Smarcks Towers

One of my favorite things?  The smart little blocks all fit right back in the bin they came from.  No shoving or pushing or arranging needed.  This means the kids can clean up by themselves!

Smarcks Fit

Overall

It took a little time for the kids to start figuring out what the blocks can do so it took a little time for them to get really into them.  While they play with the blocks by themselves all the time, they get a lot more out of them learning wise with a little grown up direction.  As they learn, they need a lot less help.  The blocks are fun and truly add a new level of learning to building.  I love that they are fun for all ages and that all of my kids can safely play with them.  It is obvious that this toy was made after testing with kids.  The blocks talk in a sing song voice that kids like.  None of them are scary or too loud.   I think it is great that there is a level of difficulty with these blocks but that it does not prevent the kids from enjoying them.  As I said, the blocks work when simply placed on another block, but they do special things as you figure out the puzzles and sequences.  Overall I would recommend the Smart Blocks for home or for classroom play as they are both fun and educational.  It’s no wonder Smart Blocks won a Dr. Toy Best Picks Award and a Parents’ Choice Award.  They get a Mommy Words Wahoo too!

Where to Purchase

The Smart Blocks are available through the Talking Building Blocks site.  The basic 70 block set with the blue talking block retails for $29.95.  Each additional set of 3 blocks retails for $19.95.  There are a bunch of great specials to start your set and save money.

Giveaway

One lucky Mommy Words reader is going to win the Learning Set of Smarcks (Smart Blocks).  This includes the 70 piece building block set, the 6 remaining Color Blocks, the Counting, Shapes and ABC Block Set and the Math Block Set.  This is a special set that retails for $77 and that is 30% off the individually priced items.  This is a great set and will provide entertainment for kids of all ages!

Required Entry

You must be a Mommy Words reader to enter giveaways.  It’s easy, simply join through Google Friend Connect on my sidebar or subscribe via RSS reader or Email and tell me you are one of my lovely readers .  You can find the buttons at the top of the site or use the links I just provided.  Then visit the Talking Building Blocks site and tell me one thing that the blocks say or do.  You can listen to audio samples and read about each of the blocks on the site.  Let your kids listen too.  It’s fun!

Extra Entries

1.  Follow @mommywords on Twitter here and leave me your twitter name.

2.  Follow @TalkingBlocks on twitter here.

3.  Tweet about this giveaway 1 time each day and let me know you tweeted!  Please tweet – Win the Award Winning Smarcks Talking Block Set (RV $77) @mommywords! http://bit.ly/gOjbHr

4.  Post about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to the post and get 3 entries!  Just leave me the link in 3 comments.

Would you please consider liking Mommy Words on Facebook here and  Smarcks on Facebook here?  We would love to connect with you!  Remember to let Smarcks know that Mommy Words sent you and please share this giveaway with your friends – it’s the nice thing to do!  Just Like this post below or share it on your wall!  Thank You!

Giveaway Rules and Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. It begins on April 1, 2011 and will end on April 14 , 2011 at 9 pm. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using the And The Winner Is plugin.  The winner will be contacted via email if I have his or her email and must respond within 48 hours to claim. Otherwise, another eligible entry will be chosen. Good luck!

Brittany
I'm Brittany. I believe that simple is best and that smiling can make or break a day. I love being a woman, a wife and a mother. I like to make pretty things and making things with big tools. I am a huge fan of good design. I love to travel. Hugs make me happy. I share my life, experiences, tips and tutorials in the hope that this community can find a whole lot of awesome together.
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  • April 1, 2011 Nicole

    I follow MommyWords on Facebook!! (Does that count? I don’t think hotmail accounts can be followers….)

    Love those blocks!!!
    Nicole

    • April 1, 2011 Nicole

      (I read the rules and figured out how to subscribe…it’s a decaf kind of day…bleh)

      The red guy sings Hickory Dickory Dock!
      : )
      Nicole

  • April 1, 2011 Pipi

    Thank you so much for this review! I’m hoping I win these blocks, but if not, I’ll be a customer on April 15th. I love the t is for train blockand the choo choo sound. My daughter is 2 and I can’t wait for her to start playing with these. I love that they are both educational and encourage creative play as well!

  • April 1, 2011 Pipi

    I’m following you on twitter! I’m @blahblahblah410

  • April 1, 2011 Pipi

    I’m also following @talkingblocks on twitter I feel a bit like I’m invading your blog with loads of comments, but I really want to win these blocks!

  • April 1, 2011 Pipi

    And my last comment for the day, I’ve also tweeted the contest! I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs for the short time I’ve been here. As a stay at home mom in a small town, it’s great to find mom blogs that I can read and relate to. Makes the loneliness that sometimes creeps in, more bareable.

  • April 1, 2011 Making It Work Mom

    I am one of your followers! I love the math ones – 1+1 is 2 , 2+2 is 4, very cute song I feel like I would be singing it all day!

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    I follow you on Twitter
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  • April 1, 2011 Making It Work Mom

    I followed Smarcs blocks on Twitter

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    I tweeted it!

  • April 2, 2011 Alissa

    I follow you on GFC and the number blocks “Counts the sum of the blocks it is placed on”.

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    I follow you on Twitter. (@havestroller)

  • April 2, 2011 Pipi

    I just tweeted my daily plug for the blog! I hope this helps get the word out about these awesome blocks!

  • April 2, 2011 Jenn

    These sound really cool! I follow you via GFC and RSS feed.
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  • April 2, 2011 Stephanie

    I subscribed as a reader.
    Checked out the website… the one block says…
    I’m as blue as the ocean, but it’s you that gives me motion.

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    following mommywords on twitter s24s

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  • April 2, 2011 Tara Fairchild

    Love, love, love these blocks. Showed my boys and they want the T. is for train block that says Chu Chu. I am a reader of yours and would love to win these for sure.

  • April 2, 2011 Katy

    I’m a subscriber via RSS

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    I tweeted about your giveaway!

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    I follow you on twitter…..

  • April 3, 2011 Pipi

    I tweeted the contest today on twitter. I forgot to mention above that I follow your blog via email

  • April 3, 2011 April H

    I follow on GFC! My daughter would love the pink block – it does the ABC song!
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  • April 3, 2011 Nic

    My wife wants me to follow you on email feed & Twitter to enter to win these blocks for our girls. We can’t wait to see them dance to the musical blocks!

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    My wife asked me to sign up for your email feed to win these awesome blocks.

    We can’t wait to see the girls dance to the musical blocks!

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    Following you on Twitter!

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  • April 4, 2011 Dawn

    I like the Monkey Math Block and I follow you on google friend.

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    I follow Smarcks talking blocks on twitter @dawn408

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    I follow MommyWords on fb.
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  • April 4, 2011 Pipi

    I’ve done my daily tweet! I really can’t wait for the 14th to get here. My excitement for these awesome blocks keeps growing daily.

  • April 5, 2011 Pipi

    I just tweeted the giveaway and review on twitter.

  • April 5, 2011 Samantha Freer

    Wow these blocks are awesome!I like that they teach manners too!
    Im following you on gfc.

  • April 6, 2011 Pipi

    I tweeted your review and giveaway!

  • April 6, 2011 Jackiek

    I follow your blog via e-mail. These blocks are amazing! I loved the math blocks- “you put me on a one block and a one block. one block plus one block equals two blocks…”

  • April 6, 2011 Jess

    I follow you on RSS. and facebook. and email. :-) Hmm, maybe I am stalking your blog?
    I did the Smarck that sings hickory dickory dock, the mouse runs up the clock… :-)

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    new Gfc follower

    the blocks teach colors and play music:)

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    Cool! I liked the “T is for Train, t-r-a-i-n” Very sesame street. :)

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    I just tweet the giveaway for today!

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    GFC. My fave thing is that the blocks have “ticklish spots” that make them laugh!

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  • April 10, 2011 Shell

    How cute are these! My boys would love them. I heard the blocks do the hickory dickory dock rhyme and of course I follow you.
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  • April 10, 2011 ninajoleisa

    Following you via GFC. The block said, “I am blue as the ocean. But it’s you who gives me motion.”

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    I just tweeted the contest again!

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    I tweeted the giveaway!!

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    I love that the blocks say nursery rhymes.

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    New subscriber! I’d love to win these blocks! The ticklish spot is so cute!

  • April 13, 2011 Brenda

    Ooooh!! How fun! I like that the puzzle aspect of them will keep my kids busy for hours!

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    i follow by email. one saying is ‘I am blue as the ocean’

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  • April 14, 2011 Katy

    I tweeted your giveaway!!!

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  • April 14, 2011 tina reynolds

    I follow your blog with gfc and love that they teach counting, and adding with math, would be great for little pre-kers i also like the ones that lightup thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  • April 14, 2011 Alexandra

    I am a Mommy Words reader via RSS – I like the blocks that teach colors – Red: So much fun and its just my luck…I’m red like a fire truck.

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