School is out and I am trying to keep J's brain ticking along during the six weeks off. I have read a lot online that kids always step backwards during the big summer break, so I am keen on getting her thinking a lot. We read every day, allow her some time on the I Pad for learning apps, and just ask her a lot of questions. Interplay sent us Goldie Blox and the parade float to review and I thought this would help us along with keeping her thinking.
The craft set is aimed at 4-9year olds and encourages engineering concepts. This set encourages the learning of wheels and axles.
Inside the box includes everything you should need. 4 long axles, 9 small axles, 4 stoppers, a ribbon, 7 wheels and 6 cubes. Three figurines are also included with a story book which is also the instructions.
To get us started J read the story/instructions
Through out the story it got you to build parts along with them.
Until all that was needed was to attach the harness to the dog figurine and pull the parade float along.
J was amazed that it worked. It actually wheeled along.
At the back of the story book is also some other ideas that you can make with the parts. J had great fun recreating all of them.
She also "free-played" making her own creations using the pieces provided like this podium of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. S also tried to get involved by creating something.
It filled several hours, as they also role played with the figurines. J had to practice problem solving too as she wanted more blocks then what was provided, but realised the wheels also had holes in and could double up as blocks.
The axles are well made and I cant see them snapping. The story was engaging and enabled them to follow along with what was happening. The instruction were also clear.
From the packaging I would say this is aimed at girls, however boys would have great fun with it too if they didn't mind the girls in the story taking the lead.
You can purchase the set that retails at £14.99 from here. I think it is great value as it encourages learning, imagination, and following instructions that can be used over and over again.
We love it so much that we are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a set of your very own all you need to do is follow the option below to bee in with a chance.
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*We were sent Goldie Blox and the parade float for the purpose of review. All photos, words and opinions are my own.