One of the best toys my children were given for Christmas was a box of PlayPlax. If you were a child of the 70s you will probably remember this toy as fondly as I do. Invented in 1966 by Patrick Rylands, the box contains 48 multi coloured interlocking squares that enable your imagination to run wild as you build all sorts of structures. The new 2011 edition is made in the same factory in Cheshire where it was originally made so they have used the same dye recipes to perfectly reproduce the colours. It really is magical when the light shines through the translucent squares and all the kids, even Darcey with a bit of guidance, enjoy working out how to slot the bits together. It's so pleasing to look at that you won't even mind the pieces strewn over your floor!
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