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