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Master Builder Set

Master Builder Set

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Price: $49.99

The Master Builder Set is a set of colorful wooden pieces (varied in sizes and shapes) that attach together with plastic nuts and bolts. It also includes a wooden screwdriver and wrench. In all, the set includes 62 pieces. This building set encourages open-ended building which allows kids to explore and learn by trial and error. However, if a child is unsure of what to create, the set does come with an idea book to inspire imaginative thinking. Each idea has easy to follow illustrations, giving all children the opportunity to build something spectacular.

Our reviewers' children, ages 4 and 5, have enjoyed playing with this toy. Their favorite things to create so far have been various versions of houses and airplanes. They are still novices with securing the wooden pieces together using the nuts and bolts, which can be frustrating for them if an adult is not right there to help. However, they are able to independently follow the directions given in the idea book, telling the adult what to do next.

Each time children used this set, they became a little more free-thinking and less reliant on the idea book. Because of the versatility in the objects that can be created, this building set is sure to be a playroom staple.

Kelly Schaffer   ©2013 Parents' Choice

Look for this product at:
Hape International Inc.

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