Thursday, November 19, 2009

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We got this Tinkertoy set as a present for Anna’s birthday. Up until this point Anna only had Lego and cardboad blocks as building toys. Overall we try to “standardize” on something rather than have our space taken by various toys that don’t work well together. However, I made a point to my husband that having different building sets is important since they use different principles. Nov17_Tinkertoy_SM For example, knowing Lego didn’t help Anna build from Tinkertoys, since they work very differently. We are actually looking to extend her building blocks collection at Christmas as well, and we will be rotating her building sets when she lost interest. So now on to Tinkertoys.

Pros:

  1. Very different from Legos
  2. Good fine motor skill practice for little hands
  3. Allows to build moving things
  4. Allows to build very tall or very long structures
  5. Grows with a child – one can build ever more complex creations as time goes on.

Cons:

  1. Sadly, the quality of our set is very poor. Maybe we are unlucky, but both my husband and my daughter managed to split one piece each already, and they are both rather careful builders. I am pretty sure that classic Tinkerytoys of the past were built better
  2. Honestly, it’s too early for a 3 year old, at least for my girl. She likes it, but she doesn’t want to build independently with it. One of us have to help her quite a bit. I hope that she will play with it by herself when she is a little older.

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11 comments:

My Boaz's Ruth said...

We had Tinkertoys on our son's Christmas list this year, and after looking around and exploring it, took it off. We decided he was too young.

Debbie said...

I looked at Tinkertoys, but decided Selena might not be ready for them. I am however looking at Lincoln logs.

Mari-Ann said...

We were thinking about getting Tinkertoys, too, but they don't sell them down here. Sounds as though that's not a huge loss anyway. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

Jenny said...

We love Tinker Toys too! The set I got for Abby last year plastic and in "girl" colors. They are well made and we've had no problems. Abby plays with them every day!

Ticia said...

Yeah, see oddly enough I'm not a tinkertoy person. I understand the thoery of why it's great, I just don't really like it personally. Now Construx, which are sadly discontinued, those I loved.

MaryAnne said...

I had plastic and wood tinker toys growing up, and the wood ones split sometimes even way back then. I think it's just the nature of the design? Anyhow, I remember really liking them when I was five or six years old, but not caring for them much before then...

Cindy said...

We have a cheap knock of tinker toy set and they split too. Drew is the same as Anna, he likes to play with them but usually wants me there helping.

Eva said...

oh cool when i was a child I really liked playing with those plastic ones that are kinda like tinker toys though I can't remember the name.. Good idea though :) I bet Anna will make lots of cool things as she gets used to it

Eva said...

oh I just remembered: K'nex!

Adriana said...

Thank you for linking up! I am going to add your extra entries. Also, I would be happy to add your MckLinkey to my post this weekend.

danita said...

getting them this year for xmas!