A new twist, that resembles a bike chain, has been added to this versatile gear set. It takes some fine motor skills to assemble the “chain” and a little learning time for figuring out how to put the small pieces together. Once it’s done, the “chain” action links onto the gears and helps to spin them. Kids can build their contraptions flat on the pegged board or standing upright. There isn’t just one way to make it happen, but many with plans to follow. Once they are familiar with the way it works, kids will try making their own designs. Give the advanced builder a challenge: Can they put all the pieces in the set into one continuous motion? There are also stickers to add to the gears for optic effects when they spin. With 165 pieces, there are endless inventions possible. A challenging STEM toy for 5-8s that builds kids’ problem solving skills, patience, and logical thinking. It’s a fun way to introduce them to physics and creative thinking, as they assemble the machines pictured and move on to original ideas of their own.
Ages: Older Early School
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2018
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