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Mighty Makers; HOME DESIGNER BUILDING SET

Mighty Makers; HOME DESIGNER BUILDING SET

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: KNEX Brands
Price: $49.99
Review:

This K'nex Mighty Makers set contains over 433 K'nex parts and pieces to build and decorate three architecturally different buildings: a brownstone, a colonial and a ranch-style home. Builder and designer friends Sophia and Brianna figures, blueprints, as well as accessories such as tables, flower pots and flowers, lamps and more are included.

As soon as the set was out of the box, our young testers played with it for almost three hours before taking a break. After completing one house, they had to decide between customizing that house, or moving on to another. They couldn't decide, so they did a little of both - adding finishing details to the brownstone and then beginning work on the rancher. The homes can be constructed, customized and then changed as desired. Playing with this kit also opened up conversations about architecture, clients, builders, dream homes, and who lives where. There's added long term play value for children with short attention spans. Because the construction takes time to complete, "play" becomes an ongoing project of focus, concentration, problem solving and dexterity.

Some testers reported that builders on the younger end of the age range needed help from an adult or older sibling - which turned out to be another check in the plus column of fun.

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