K’Nex is a brand I’ve always know of, but wasn’t really aware of how many products they actually sold until recently.
The first time we introduced K’Nex to our home was last Christmas. My eldest had played with it at school on multiple occasions and asked Father Christmas to bring him his own set for Christmas.
Unfortunately he didn’t quite get the correct set so it hasn’t been played with too much…
We’ve recently received a couple of K’Nex products to review, and in all honesty I was a little worried the boys wouldn’t be fussed.
Oh, how I was wrong.
The K’Nex 50 Model Box comes with 417 individual pieces to make 50 building ideas. This sort of toy normally gives me anxiety. So many pieces. So many teeny tiny pieces to lose. However this set comes in handy storage tub, meaning all pieces should remain in one place when not being played with.
Such a key selling point for me.
After flicking through the huge instruction manual, my eldest decided a Robot would be his first construction.
Initially, the instructions can look quite daunting. There really are a lot of pieces that go into each design. For a 7 year old, this could be a little overwhelming. We began following the instructions together, picking out the pieces we needed for the robot design (as shown above) and beginning at stage one.
After a short while I had to go and make dinner, so suggested the kids wait for me to carry on. My eldest was too impatient and decided to continue alone.
To my surprise he was actually able to follow the images in the manual and completed the rest of the robot ALONE.
I was so, so proud of him, because he really thought to would be too tricky to complete by himself.
Next my youngest wanted to make the Tyranosaurus design (no surprise there). Although there are 50 designs to choose from, a selection of instructions can only be found online. Again, another great selling point for me. Instruction manuals don’t last too long in our house and are either lost or damaged pretty quickly. Being able to access online is such good idea.
My youngest is only 4, so this set isn’t suitable for his age, however the set we got last Christmas is for ages 3+ years and much easier for him to play with. The pieces are larger and easier to hold and fix together. Take a look at the K’Nex Budding Builders set for the youngsters.
As well as the K’Nex 50 Model Box were also sent the K’Nex Architecture London Eye. Now this one is an ongoing project for us, so I’m afraid I won’t be sharing any photos of our masterpiece just yet.
Our house is small and the boys are too young for this piece, so we are saving it for after our house extension next year where will have the space to take our time with the construction (I’ve heard it takes quite a while!)
We originally sent the set to to my in-laws house so my eldest could start work on the review with his Grandad, however lockdown has put a spanner in the works and we’ve had to come up with plan b – wait.
The K’Nex architecture range is a new line of building sets based on some of the worlds greatest architectural designs. Perfect my any budding architect! Each set comes with historical information about the landmark and detailed easy-to-follow, step-by-step building instructions.
This set can be bought from John Lewis and retails at £59.99.
Does your family enjoy building with K’Nex? These would make a perfect Christmas gift for any child who loves construction.
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