Name: Emma from Me and B Make Tea
Age of child: 3 years
Product Testing: Gears! Gears! Gears!® Space Explorers Building Set
“Emma is a mum of one very inquisitive boy. He is very nearly four and loves anything to do with science. She blogs over at Me and B Make Tea and loves trying anything science related! Her blog started out as a way to document healthy eating but it quickly grew to cover all things parenting and life.”
What were your first thoughts when the toy arrived?
Brandon, my son, wanted to get the spacemen and rocket out straight away. Daddy helped us stick all the stickers on and set up our gears. Another first thought was that this toy looked bright and perfect for inspiring young imaginations.
How did you use it?
First up we followed the instructions and built the space gears as they are shown on the box. We then experimented with different space scenarios over the next few days.
What are the educational benefits?
This toy is ideal for creative thinking and using your imagination. Brandon learnt how energy travels through the gears to move other gears along the space set up. We played with this toy with him and explained what was happening. I think on his own, he would have got frustrated with trying to put it all together properly. Some adult supervision and help is needed for a 3-4 year old.
What did you like/dislike about the toy?
Brandon loves the idea of space. He loves anything to do with space. I like how the base trays slot together well and the product is relatively easy to construct. There wasn’t anything we overly disliked to be honest!
What is the long term appeal?
I think Brandon will use this more when he is a bit older. Right now he needs parent supervision which is nice anyway because we like doing things together like this. As he gets older he will be able to construct his own space stations and scenarios.
Is it unique?
I think so, yes. I haven’t seen anything like it before.
Would you recommend it to a friend?
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