We all know kids enjoy playing with boxes more than the toys inside. In fact research suggests that non-specific playthings stimulate little minds far more than 'do this, do that' toys. And that's probably why Bilibo is collecting awards left, right and centre.
Stack 'em up
This peculiar looking plastic thingamajig is a completely open-ended plaything that stimulates a child's imagination like nothing you've ever seen. Is it a funny hat, a rocking toy, a snow shovel, a water basin, a tunnel, a cradle for teddy, a tortoise shell, a wobbly chair, a mask or a drum? It's all of these things and more. In fact Bilibo is anything kids want it to be. They can even stack 'em and rack 'em.
What you gawpin' at?
The 'nothing but everything' design of Bilibo is based on extensive research into the way pre-school children play and interact with objects. Its soft, curvaceous shape tweaks kids' innate curiosity and encourages them to become active and creative instead of consuming ready-made ideas. We just like wearing ours on our heads and using 'em to flick water at the boss.
Speaking of bigger kids, children will use and interpret this strangely compelling doodah in countless ways depending on their age. The only limit is their imagination.
So many possibilities!
Maybe it's a seat?
Crafted in high density, 100% recyclable polyethylene, Bilibo is virtually indestructible and has been designed for both indoor and outdoor use. We gave a few samples to the kids down at the Firebox crèche and they've been a huge hit. Which is a shame because we'd just discovered Bilibo's make perfect pretend fireman helmets.
For anyone sitting out there that doesn't quite 'get' the concept of Bilibo, we've got one thing to say: why don't you just switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead?
Product of the Year, Gold Award - I.T.S.A Good Toy Australia 2008
Toy of the Year - UK Good Toy Awards 2006
Deutscher Lernspielpreis, Auswahiliste 2003
Dr. Toy, 10 Best Active Products 2002
Spiel Gut - Arbeitsausschuss Kinderspiel 2002
Design Distinction - I.D. 2002 Design Review
Swiss Product Design Award 2002
Design Preis Schweiz 01 Distinction
Swiss Federal Award for Design 2001
Recommended for children between 2 and 7 years old
Material: High-Density Polyethylene resistant to shock even at low temperatures, non-toxic, light-fast. 100% recyclable.
Bilibo may only be used on flat and soft terrain in safe distance from any obstacles or objects where children might get hurt. Use Bilibo in shallow water only. Bilibo is neither a sled or swing. When left outside over several years the shell can become brittle and must not be used any longer.
Me & Jim sit in it every day. Maty, Bath - 11th February 2012
Would it be too risky for a 5 year old on laminate floor? For spinning round on? Janelle, Essex - 5th January 2012
Firebox says: Hi Janelle, It would really depend on the surrounding and circumstances, I would recommended supervising a child whilst paying with this, or laminate floor for that matter!
Please make one for adults!!!!!! Rosanne, United Kingdom - 16th December 2011
I agree with all of the above and want to add that I would use it as a spinning ab workout chair.
The sooner you make them, the sooner I can get fit in my living room!!
Germain. Germain Drouet, Glasgow - 11th December 2011
You actually NEED to make an adult version of this!!! I'm 16 and I would so buy one!!! Ed Potter, Hessle - 23rd October 2011
Firebox says: Brilliant idea Ed, we will certainly look into the possibility!
I bought one of these for my 3 year old, he uses it for a hat, a car for his toys, to spin in, as a boat, as a shell and numerous other things. My 2 older children (10 and 12) will quite happily spin in it for hours. Its been used indoors and out, on land and in the paddling pool/bath. Great fun for all aged children. Pip, Western Isles - 24th September 2011