We have recently been going through one of our K’Nex phases where the kids just seem to build creation after creation. And I realized it was just over 2 years ago that we started with our first K’Nex box – first the learning sets and then we bought a few of the general building sets. Over 2 years and both of my kids are still using their K’Nex on a regular basis.
So what is it about K’Nex that has made it such a winner in our house?
I think the fact that the boxes come with some cool build instructions and you can also download some more build instructions from their website. So straight away the kids have LOTS of ideas on how they can use the K’Nex.
I love this aspect, because some of the instructions are quite complex and the kids have to really concentrate and follow the steps, and yes something one of my kids has made an error and then they have to go back and figure out where they went wrong. But because they WANT to build the helicopter or dinosaur, whatever it is, they don’t get frustrated and give up they actually take their time, figure out their error, fix it and continue. I love seeing this.
And by following the instructions to build models they learn a lot, like how to slot different pieces together to create a basic wheel base or propeller for a plane which they then incorporate into their own inventions.
And yes we have had a few “original” creations that did not turn out as planned, but I have watched as they alter and try new adjustments to get their creations to work.
It’s also a really great hand strengthening activity. (I have built a few K’Nex models alongside the kids and your hands do get tired.)
And a perfect activity for kids to do together (I have an eight year old and an eleven year old and they often build together). I have also seen them build models with their friends and their dad.
The creations that they make really do vary from creating wasps (and lots of other animals), to vehicles (trucks, cars, planes, rockets, helicopters), to dinosaurs, even a swing and of course a windmill (we love the windmill). The big variety of items that you can build means there is always something new to try.
But mostly I think it is the satisfaction of seeing the model come together. I love seeing that look on the kids’ faces when they have completed a K’Nex build (whether it is one following the instructions or one they have created themselves), they are always so proud.
Without a doubt buying K’Nex boxes for the kids was well worth the money.
There are so many K’nNx boxes out there and we only have a few but to give you some idea these are the ones that we have.
K’NEX Education STEM Explorations Gears Building Set for Ages 8 and Up Engineering Educational Toy, 143 Parts
K’Nex Education 78610 Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set for Key Stages 1 and 2 Construction Education Toy, 178 Pieces
K’NEX Imagine 52 Model Building Set for Ages 7+, Engineering Education Toy, 618 Pieces
K’NEX Imagine 35 Model Building Set for Ages 7+, Construction Education Toy, 480 Pieces
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This looks like so much fun!
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K’NEX is one of my favorite construction toys.
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