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Why Engino Simple Machines?I chose to review Engino Simple Machines for this post, since this is a set we already own. We got Simple Machines when our daughter was 6 years old. This post is in no way sponsored by Engino, and all opinions are entirely my own.
We bought this Engino Simple Machines set because our daughter displayed intense curiosity about all things mechanics and wanted to be a mechanical engineer. Engino also has individual sets dedicated to particular topic – pulleys, inclined plane, etc. This particular set combines all 8 individual sets into one and allows to build 60 working models. Economically, it makes a lot more sense to buy this one set than buying individual sets. Also, the box comes with a detailed activity book that can be used in different ways. Younger kids can build models of their choice following the instructions, as with any other set, but older kids can also read the activities book and get a deeper understanding of principles behind the simple machines. In fact, the booklet can serve as a mechanic science curriculum for kids about age 9 and above.
My daughter was quite excited about this set, but the activity booklet is not written for 6 year olds. In fact, it’s even a stretch for 9 year olds – I think it assumes that information in the activity booklet is read by teachers or parents and then distilled for kids. Also, some pieces require some effort when you snap them together. It’s not because of the quality issues, but simply because of the mechanics of this set. It’s a good fine motor practice for younger kids, but I think 6 years old is the youngest possible age, and 8+ would be ideal for Engino Simple Machines. I also really wish it were Lego compatible as we have a lot of Lego blocks.
I got a question once asking if this set can be used by two kids at the same time. As far as I know, you cannot build two full models at the same time, but two kids can certainly experiment with their own creations and make their own discoveries at the same time. This set will also work well as part of homeschool curriculums or as a “brain break” between subjects.
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