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K'NEX Thrills: SKY SPRINTER ROLLER COASTER BUILDING SET

K'NEX Thrills: SKY SPRINTER ROLLER COASTER BUILDING SET

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 9 & Up
Manufacturer: KNEX Brands
Price: $129.99
Review:

The K'Nex Sky Sprinter Roller Coaster is a 797-piece, motorized building set that includes over twenty-four feet of track and when completed stands over seven feet tall.

Far more than a one and done, the set offers more than one roller coaster model to build; and, after building and playing with the available models, children can disassemble them and experiment with creations of their own design. This kit is a great way to teach children basic physics and architectural concepts such as use of materials, basic units of construction, the effects of structure on function, and the relative strengths of various shapes (e.g., the use of triangles to distribute weight). And, although we're not promising that children will overtly learn all of these things just from building and playing with these sets, they will learn and internalize the concepts through interaction and observation. Additionally, the set hones fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, sequencing, cause-and-effect, following of instructions (which in this case are extremely lengthy and complicated) and patience.

Parents should note that their patience will be honed (and tested) as well. Children on the younger end of the spectrum will need assistance and the initial assembly time can be quite long. But, fear not, the time and energy are well placed the minute you see the expression on your child's face as they send that car flying through the coaster for the first time.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

Look for this product at:
KNEX Brands
http://www.knex.com

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