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City Engineering & Design Building Set

City Engineering & Design Building Set

Fall 2017 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Price: $24.99
"Let's build a bridge, and a crane to move the cargo that goes on the ships that pass under the bridge!" Those are among the rallying cries we heard from our young testers.

In this 100 piece set, builders as young as five can build many things they'd find in a city: a skyscraper, an elevator, a parking garage to name a few. The ten double-sided activity cards show parts needed and photo of the structure on one side, and the other side tasks the main build and an add-on, and asks the builder, "how can you change your design to make it better?" or, shows two builds and asks which one is a better solution to a stated problem, and why. Although "better" is subject to interpretation, the challenges are thought and conversation provoking to be sure.

No, most five-year olds can't read the cards, but they can build, and talk and think about the possibilities and challenges facing urban planners, engineers and construction crews.

Claire Green   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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