With this great kit you can build 16 of these Lego Crazy Action Contraptions!
For the most part my kids’ Lego builds have been quite basic: a few houses and garages, cars and trucks, and sometimes the odd tower. My latest find is going straight onto my gift list. I know quite a number of children who will really enjoy the Crazy Action Contraptions.
While enjoyment is always a priority with toys, I also look for the educational value that the kids will get out of playing with the toys. This kit seems to get the right balance of interest, challenge and fun. There’s no point buying a great educational toy that just sits on the shelf most of the time. It must be something that will be interesting enough to be played with many times over otherwise it is a waste of money.
Let’s take a look at this kit in a bit more detail…
Lego Crazy Action Contraptions Kit
- Produced by: Klutz
- Contains: 1 x spiral-bound book with instructions for 16 projects
- Pieces: 105 custom-picked Lego pieces
- Appropriate age: 4 to 8 years
- Price: $12.07 to $21.95 (check amazon for price and availability)
- Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5
The set is not made by Lego, but it is made to be used with Lego pieces and all the pieces you need for the projects are included in the kit.
The kit contains detailed, step by step instructions for 16 projects. They are all action projects that are great for teaching the kids how gears and such things work. Each model has movement and includes gears or rubber bands and wheels. Once they are done with these projects they will have lots of ideas for building their own “action contraptions”.
Who is it for?
The kit is aimed at young builders, from age 4 to 8. As such, the projects are not very complicated and older children will probably work through them quite fast and want to build more complex models.
Older kids that have not had the opportunity to play with Lego sets that have gears and other moving parts would benefit from the set and learn how these work. I know my 10 year old will love it as much as his 8 year old brother. They enjoy anything that they can build that “works”. It is a good introduction to basic machines and a good bridging set between Lego sets and Mindstorms.
One great thing about the set is that it naturally encourages building and re-building different designs. Children can then also adapt these designs and come up with their own. This is not the typical Lego set that only has instructions for one model (and perhaps 2 more). Only 1 model can be built at a time, but there are instructions for 16 models.
A great addition to a Lego set
If your child already has Lego sets, this kit will make a great addition. They won’t be limited by the pieces included in the kit and could add their own. I can picture my oldest trying to build these designs into his own creations. This is something I have heard other parents wanting from building toys.
The biggest plus point of this set is that it will inspire a child to build their own moving creations. They will learn the concepts and discover how the parts work together and then they can move on from there. To allow them to do this and build bigger projects you will need to have a basic Lego set and you might even need to purchase some additional Lego pieces for these.
This one is most definitely on my gift list!
What about you? Do you already have this set? Would you add it on your gift list? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Looking for something similar to this but not a Lego set? Take a look at the Zoob challenge set.