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Gears! Gears! Gears!® Pet Playland Building Set

Gears! Gears! Gears!® Pet Playland Building Set

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Price: $39.99

We originally followed the directions to build the Ferris wheel seen on the cover, dividing the jobs based on age and ability. Some of the structures are quite complex and our approach helped determine which ones are possible now and which ones will require age and/or experience. Our four year old builder played with a manageable number of pieces and successfully built something he was proud of. Our six year old enjoyed mastering the challenges of a more complex structure. Together, they took turns winding and turning the gears to admire their handiwork. We talked about how this kind of building and connecting and meshing related to other things the boys were encountering throughout their day.

The design offers variety and the bright colors of pets and pieces make it appealing to build and play. We learned while building; the fine line between frustration and challenge was more apparent when working on an original design. Happily, more building led to more building and more independence. And we learned that practice makes most things go more smoothly.

Maria Clinger   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Maria, a mother of three, has a BS in Biology and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Virginia. After teaching Biology for 10 years, one of those years in Quito, Ecuador, Maria is now a part-time Spanish teacher to sixth and seventh graders. The other half of her time is spent with her bilingual family, reading, cooking and enjoying sports.

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