Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Little Makers

My kids love to build. Especially the 5 year old. Legos, Legos, Legos.
Which is good, of course, but sometimes I think it stretches his mind to try something a little different. 
This is why I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to try out a super cool winch set from ThinkFun's Maker Studio line. We knew it would be a blast because ThinkFun never disappoints. In fact, Boo's favorite game, Zingo 1,2,3, is manufactured by ThinkFun, as was one of my favorite childhood games, Rush Hour.
The Maker Studio line focuses on a different engineering theme in each pack. This pack was winches but there is also a gear set and a propeller set.

The package contains several pieces you can combine with items already found around the house, like boxes and cartons. 
We unpacked the box (careful not to throw away the random string contained, that is actually the "tow rope."
Still if, like me, you do throw it, it is easy to find a replacement around your house too.)
The toy says seven plus and I would go with that or higher. Boo is five so I definitely led the project, but Hun (at 8 years) would need some hand holding as well.
Even I labored a bit over the directions. This only added to the experience and I felt genuinely pleased with the end product, a feeling I don't get from the simple snap click of Legos. This was definitely a step up.

I love these special mom and son times! Boo lined up all the pieces and handed them to me as the directions called for them. He was so pleased with the progress every step of the way.

Finished project, getting ready to tow

**I received this product for free in exchange for my unbiased review**

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