A Bunch of Bunchems + A Giveaway

Recently, we were challenged to make something from a bunch of Bunchems. What are Bunchems? They're furry colourful plastic balls of fun! A perfect fiddle toy for small hands, they're like giant (soft) prickles which magically stick when you touch them together but when you've finished, you can easily pull them apart and make something new. Basically whatever you can think of, you can create it with Bunchems and create we did! 


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A Bunch of Bunchems - our new favourite construction toy! Be inspired  by all the different ways to play with Bunchems | you clever monkey
Bunchems are a perfect mix of construction toy and craft. Straight out of the box my whole family (yes adults too plus a couple of extra 12 year olds) were kept busy making all afternoon. Honestly you can't help but pick them up and start sticking them together. They have quickly become one of our favourite building materials. 


A Bunch of Bunchems - our new favourite construction toy! Be inspired  by all the different ways to play with Bunchems | you clever monkey

Working as an Early Years teacher, I'm always looking for engaging materials for school and I think Bunchems will make a fantastic classroom resource. They'll make a great manipulative in maths while helping strengthen fine motor skills and providing rich sensory feedback during play for others. I think they'll make great fidget toys for class too. Safety note - Bunchems are small and can become entangled in hair (remember they look like a big prickle) so supervision of young children is always recommended as are ponytails for long hair. 


A Bunch of Bunchems - our new favourite construction toy! Be inspired  by all the different ways to play with Bunchems | you clever monkey

Spending time with my children and creating memories like these are important to me. During our play, we started challenging each other to make different things with the Bunchems. A host of different animals appeared - dogs, cats, penguins, tigers, pandas. Monsters, bats, fairies and scorpions were created. We even made an underwater garden together.


A Bunch of Bunchems - our new favourite construction toy! Be inspired  by all the different ways to play with Bunchems | you clever monkey

Our floating fish gave us another idea. As a parent I want to encourage my children to think of ways to use toys that aren't always printed on the box they come in. Bunchems make this easy because the more we played, the more ways we could see them being used. Today my cat-loving youngest child and I made this marionette puppet cat from our Bunchems. She's been playing with it all afternoon.

A Bunch of Bunchems - our new favourite construction toy! Be inspired  by all the different ways to play with Bunchems | you clever monkey

What can you create with Bunchems?

Looking for more inspiration? Head over to My Poppet and check our her creative Bunchems creation then pop back here and tell us which Bunchems creation is your favourite? Ours or My Poppet?

Leave your comment here telling us which Bunchems creation you like best and why and you're in with a chance to win one of two $250 prize pack. Good luck!


Competiton is open to Australian residents only. 
Entries close 5.00pm AEST on Friday 6th May 2016. See the full T/C's here.

This competition is now closed and our winner, Heth from SA, has been contacted. 
Thanks for entering everyone!


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Please note we were gifted some Bunchems Mega Packs for the purpose of this review 
but the opinions shared in this post remain my own.

41 comments

  1. I have never heard of these before! But they look so adaptable 😄 The cat is wonderful, what fun!

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    1. We're still playing with them. Today we made a dartboard out of some of them :)

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  2. Wow these are so gorgeous!! My son has sensory needs and I can see him responding to these so well, as they are so tactile and also creative! Never heard of them before but I can see why you love them.My favourites are the sea creatures - super cute!

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    1. Definitely great sensory toys Kate. I'm going to try using some with a couple of students as fiddle toys when school goes back. They've been on our kitchen table for a week as everyone (grownups included) keep playing with them :)

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  3. Oh the cat puppet is so cool!
    You guys are so clever!!!

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    1. Awww thanks Kate - you are too kind :) We did love the cat but it's been turned into a giant panda now.

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  4. Ooh, they look like fun! I like the underwater sea garden but I LOVE the cat marionette puppet.

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    1. Thanks Kate. We do like our pretend play here :) We've been making stick puppets too.

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  5. WOW!!! There is endless amount of fun things to make with this toy! I love how creative your constructions are!

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  6. I had not heard of Bunchems before, but what a great idea!
    All of the creations are clever, but I just adore the cute marionette puppet cat!
    What a great interactive creation!

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    1. They are awesome Kat. I'd seen them in the shops but didn't really appreciate how versatile they were until we got to play. I think they're going to be a fantastic resource for my classroom too.

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  7. oh and I loved the underwater creatures!

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  8. My Poppet's monsters were groovy, but wow,
    Your feline marionette is the cat's meow!

    (Haha, sorry! That's terrible, but your creations are terrific. Thanks for the chance to win!)

    Bek- redchocolate@ymail.com

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    1. Very clever Bek! I can never think up rhymes like that :) Thanks for your vote!

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  9. What a cool new toy! Whilst I do love your under water garden and My Poppet's monsters are completely fab, your daughter's cat marionette is the winner for me. She did such a great job!

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    1. Thanks for your vote Danya :) I did love My Poppet's disco video. It was super cute - it got my kids vote! I'll have to post some photos of the stick puppets we've been making too. Lots of fun!

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  10. My kids are all realism, they just don't enjoy pretend monsters so I was pretty impressed when I saw the duck and bee. My three would like those but I think they would love your fish and underwater garden more.

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    1. Thanks for your vote Natalie :) Good luck!

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  11. I love the cat, the interactivity element is amazing. Also the maths and problem-solving skills needed to create it is amazing.

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    1. They are awesome toy! Thanks for your vote :) Good luck in the giveaway!

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  12. The underwater scene is my favourite! These would make another great resource for my Prep classroom, giving the students more opportunity to create and explore topics that are of interest to them. Will be definitely looking into buying some..even if they do need to be rescued out of hair on the odd occasion :)

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    1. Thanks Allyse :) We're back at school next week and I can't wait to share them with my class! The hair thing is just common sense really. I've got long hair as do my three children and we've survived without serious incident these past two weeks ;)

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  13. I have never heard of these but I absolutely adore the cat! My kids would love to play with these!

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    1. I had seen them in the shops Crafty Mama but admit I didn't think much of them until we got to play. All five of us were busy making around our kitchen table when the box was open! My partner is still a bit sad his scorpion didn't make this post :)

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  14. I loved the under water creatures but when I saw the monsters that had Emma created & the big smile on her face that won me!

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    1. I loved their videos too Anita :) Good luck!

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  15. I totally loved the creative marionette puppet cat made by your daughter - underwater garden is equally good too. My son never follows instructions that are given on the toy boxes and i am sure he would love to use Bunchems a lot.

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    1. Thanks Sapna :) They make great stick puppets too which are easier for younger children to make.

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  16. I have been searching everywhere in stores for these but cannot fi d them anywhere!!! I LOVE the under the sea creations. These would be a great manipulative for my special needs class.

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    1. Big W stock them here in Australia Ashleigh :) They make a great fiddle toy - I've been using them in my class this week. You can't help but want to stick them together. Good luck with the competition.

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  17. Oh wow they are cool! I love the underwater garden, it's a great example of the creative things you can do with the bunchems. Our boys would love them!

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  18. Oh wow they are cool! I love the underwater garden, it's a great example of the creative things you can do with the bunchems. Our boys would love them!

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  19. I love the cat puppet! Wow, what a great idea, and not something I would have ever thought of making. I would love to see an animation of the marionette cat vs monsters.

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  20. Kiana loves the underwater garden and I love them all as they seem so versatile and appealing to all. Very cool. So many applications at school and at home. We love open ended materials. You guys are very creative.

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  21. I love them all! They'd be great for school (but I bet my own three would still play with them too ;) )

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  22. Thank you for the share. They look amazing. I think a trip to Big W might be on the cards this weekend. We had mixed votes here. Miss 10 liked the fish, Miss 7 liked the cat and Miss 4 wants to play naughts and crosses. Miss 7 wants to make a unicorn, actually she wants to be a unicorn but that's another story!

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  23. These look amazing with so many possibilities. Love their versatility. I really LOVE the Underwater scene!

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  24. Meisha DaviesMay 06, 2016

    That cat is so cute! I would have to say that is my favourite otherwise my cat loving 4 year old would be upset with me. And I'm with Kate, I'd love to see cat v monsters! What a great product, so versatile.

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