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Mega Construx, American Girl McKenna’s Gymnastics Competition

(Mattel $29.99)

American Girl's construction set comes with two figures, McKenna and Toulane and designs for building all the equipment every gymnastic athlete needs. This is a 302 piece detailed set that will demand dexterity and patience. We like the theme they chose since we believe this will appeal to some girls who might not otherwise be attracted to construction kit. It's important for girls to develop their spatial reasoning skills with building toys that for generations were largely marketed for boys. Mattel has also created a larger set for this season, A Rain Forest Animal Sanctuary with 9 pets, two girls, Lea and Camila and 760 pieces to construct a 2-in-1 setting: Lea’s Rainforest Sanctuary or Lea’s Animal Rescue. Lots of fine motor skills needed here as well as following diagrams, developing spatial skills, and patience. All good learning skills for ages 8s and up.

Ages: Late Early School, Young Tweens

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2017

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