Help children learn more advanced concepts of simple machines while having fun – this set will achieve just that. It is the next step after the sets in the K’Nex Simple Machines series and gives the children more advanced models to build. The concepts that children will learn from this set include many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills.
What do you get in this set?
- Number of pieces: 1432 pieces, including various gears, wheels and pulleys
- Number of models: 30 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines
- Instructions: instructions for the models are included and a comprehensive teacher’s guide CD
- Storage: comes packaged in a strong plastic tray with a snap-on lid
- Suggested age: 14 years and older
- Amazon customer rating: 4.6 out of 5
- Price:from $US 122.77
- Re-play value: very high
Who is it for?
The set is designed for classroom use and there are enough pieces to allow for up to 4 models to be built at the same time. This also makes it great for use in a home where there is a need to keep a few kids busy at the same time. The children can each build their own separate models (up to 4 of the smaller models) while still working together. The larger models that need more pieces can become a group project that will encourage teamwork and communication.
The models can get quite complex and this is why the set is not recommended for children younger than 14 years of age. However, with some help from a parent or older sibling, younger children will still be able to enjoy this set.
On the downside, there are many duplicate pieces to allow for more than one model to be built at a time. For this reason some people don’t think it makes a good set for using at home and prefer to buy a few of the smaller, more specific sets.
The models in this set are more advanced than those in the Simple Machines series, making this a good next step in a child’s fun learning program. Having fun while learning educational concepts is very beneficial to helping children grasp these sometimes difficult concepts.
The number of pieces means that the set offers a lot of variety and the children are likely to come back to the set again and again for a few years. Combine it with other K’Nex sets and the children will have many ideas to work with and be encouraged to design their own models.
The storage tray is great for storing the pieces, but is not large enough for the assembled models. It will be a good idea to have some re-sealable plastic bags to keep the different pieces in. This makes it a lot easier to find the pieces you need for specific models.
Overall this is a great set for older children and the learning benefits make it worth the investment. Younger children will be better off with the sets in the Simple Machines Series. If you are looking for something similar with even more pieces you can take a look at the Simple Machines Deluxe Set.
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