When you live in a cold weather state like I do, having fun indoor activities during the winter is an absolute must. And with three boys with very different interests, when I find something they can all do together I get a little excited. When I was asked to try out new Qixels with my family I thought it might be something fun do an a lazy Sunday afternoon. What I didn’t expect was how much my kids would love this open ended activity that sparked their creativity. Did you know that you really can make your own characters with Qixels?
If you aren’t familiar with Qixels (pronounced “Quick-suls”), it is a creative activity set that inspires kids to use their imagination. They are cubes that fuse together with a blast of water to create an 8-bit world of monsters, warriors, ninjas and more. See them in action here. I didn’t know my boys were already familiar with this line of toys from watching cartoons at their grandparents house. They were very excited to try them out.
These were all the fun characters they created their dad.
While templates such as characters, a spaceship, robot, dinosaur, shark and scorpion are included, my boys were able to be creative with how they used the templates. They could choose whether they wanted to follow a particular color scheme or scrap the template all together and create what they want.
While the suggest age is for 4+, my three year old had no trouble joining in once we showed him how it worked. I actually think his small hands made it easier for him than it did for me.
To make Qixels you really only need a Design Creator set but the other sets do make it more fun. To fuse together, your Qixel needs to be sprayed with water. A regular water bottle will do and one is included in the Design Creator set. The Fuse Blaster makes it a bit more fun to squirt the water while the Turbo Dryer does a great job of whisking the water away so it fuses the designs in half the time. My kids also really enjoyed spinning their creations. (All sets include what you need to make Qixels.)
My seven year old make the fun character below. He was a little disappointed that we ran out of black cubes but went with gray pants instead.
My husband however got a bit creative and used a picture he found online of a favorite 8-bit character. Although his ended up being a larger size than the templates, he was able to fuse them together separately. He really happy with how the character turned out.
After all four of them created a character in the afternoon, by evening they were asking to make another one and my husband was more than happy to work with them again. The pride on my little guy’s face to play with characters he created was priceless. He was begging me the following morning to make more and enjoyed playing with all 8 of our fininshed designs.
Now they’ve already added more Qixel sets to their holiday wish list. I’ve been told they must have the martial arts refill pack which includes a ninja.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.