While there are some toys that have a "take it or leave it" type of effect on kids, there are also the ones that just get it. They provide products that I can set in front of my daughters and there aren't strict instructions or an extended amount of prep time in order for play to begin.
If it's ready for use immediately, that just keeps the interest and excitement going much longer than if they have to wait while I get out a screwdriver, read instructions or explain where to put each and every piece. Besides, who wants to sit and follow directions when you are a kid with ingenuity and inventiveness bursting at the seams?
And there's almost no better example of a company that knows what it takes to provide an entertaining and educational experience than the endless imaginative options from K'NEX.
The most innovative and fastest growing construction toy company, K'NEX products are sold (and enjoyed) across the globe. With the ability to provide fun and enjoyment for kids while mixing in strong educational components such as hand-eye coordination and stacking skills, when most people hear the name K'NEX, they think of the traditional building toy.
However, this company offers much more than that! With everything from building to stacking to imagining for kids of all ages, K'NEX has something for just about every age and skill level. For us, when the Lincoln Logs Collector's Edition Homestead and the Tinkertoy 30 Model Super Building Set arrived, they were just the thing to bring some building and constructing fun to our house.
First up, let's go back in time with Lincoln Logs!
Lincoln Logs by K'NEX are the classic building set that we all have known and loved since our own childhood. Including real wood logs of various sizes along with colorful accessories and play figures, these familiar notched logs are made to fit together to allow kids to build any kind of structure they can imagine.
From towers to buildings to forts to houses to just about anything in between, kids can easily use the logs, windows, doors, and accessories to practice and improve their fine motor skills, creativity, and more. There's just something about the feel of the real wood and the simplicity of these logs that makes them special!
As we have experienced Lincoln Logs in the past (our own sets as well as at my kids' preschool), the girls couldn't wait to open up the Collector's Edition Homestead set to start playing with it. Not to mention that this is the biggest Lincoln Logs set ever created and who could pass up playing with 330+ of these amazing parts?
While the kids love to use these high quality wooden logs to come up with their own innovative constructions (some that resemble something from the real world and some that... uh... don't), they also have had a great time using the pieces in this set to actually recreate the homestead.
Sometimes aspects end up precisely as shown and sometimes we add our own little touches to give it a creative twist. But no matter what, the end result is a whole lot of fun!
With the open-ended fun of all of the Lincoln Logs sets, I often think the best part is to just start building and see what you come up with! However, when it comes to having an endless number of parts and pieces so that the creativity and imagination never stops, the Collector's Edition Homestead truly has it all (including the awesome silver-accented tube for storage).
This great set is recommended for ages 3+ and retails for $99.99 from Target.com, Walmart.com, Amazon.com and knex.com.
Along similar lines when it comes to open-ended creativity, the K'NEX Tinkertoy 30 Model Super Building Set is such a fun way for kids (ages 3+) to be entertained while showing their ingenuity quickly and easily.
Including spools, rods, flags, washers, end caps, and more (200 pieces in all!), this Tinkertoy set has just about every size and shape piece (in a multitude of bright colors) that a kid could ask for!
Plus, I appreciate that K'NEX included building ideas for a variety of models (with a link to find even more online), which have served as a great way to encourage my kids to continue constructing if they get stuck or as an inspiration to turn one of these models into something even more creative.
By having so many plastic pieces that snap together quickly and easily, the Tinkertoy 30 Model Super Building Set has provided endless fascination for my children as well as for any other young inspiring builders that have visited our house lately. There are just so many shapes, sizes and colors (there are even bendable pieces to add a whole new twist) to choose from!
Perfect for using as-is or adding to any other Tinkertoy building set, the Tinkertoy 30 Model Super Building Set retails for $49.99 and is available from knex.com or Amazon.com.
My girls have both returned to play with these Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys multiple times to come up with something new or to continue on with a tale that they've had in their mind. There's just no wrong way to play with these awesome K'NEX items and being able to use their imagination is exactly what my kids always enjoy — it's no wonder these toys are both such classics!
To learn more about these sets, as well as the huge selection of innovative and fun products that K'NEX has to offer, visit them at knex.com and connect with them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. You can also find Lincoln Logs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Tinkertoy on Facebook and Twitter.
Plus, thanks to the generosity of K'NEX, one person will get to enjoy seeing their child build and create as well, because...
One lucky person will win a Lincoln Logs Collector's Edition Homestead!
A big thank you to K'NEX for providing the aforementioned sets for me to review as well as the Lincoln Logs Collector's Edition Homestead for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.