My kids just love toys that can capture their imagination for some time. At times, I like toys that will keep them quiet for a while. Here is a toy that will capture a child's imagination all the while keeping them quiet for a time.
The Techno Gears Marble Mania Sidewinder 2.0 is a marble roller coaster toy. This roller coaster theme construction set includes over 200 pieces to build and create your own introductory marble and gear run. Sidewinder 2.0 includes a hand crank to move the marbles through the spiral lifter to the top of the twisting and turning tracks. Once built, kids can watch their marbles drop, spin and roll through their own fun and exciting creation.
It was quite an adventure in itself to put together the 200+ pieces, but my kids were very successful in accomplishing the feat that sort of boggled my mind. The easy instructions clearly showed the kids how really simple it was.
What anticipation everyone had while we tarried away at getting this built! The pieces are all marked, and the instructions on each page told how many of each item would be needed for that section. Before we knew it the Techno Gears Sidewinder was almost built.
In reflecting upon building the Techno Gears Sidewinder 2.0, it was quite a learning experience for the kids as they followed the instructions with each picture. Following directions can be quite a challenge for some children. To often children would like to skip instructions and get right to the end. With the Techno Gears Sidewinder 2.0 from The Learning Tree, children must follow the instructions exactly, or else it just might not work. There really isn't any reading involved, just counting objects to use, as the instructions are all pictures - works for any language really.
With our work completed, we have a fun marble roller coaster! The marbles are cranked up by hand - no batteries required - and they fall and twist down the channels, funnel and pendulum drain. We literally wasted 2 hours just watching and cranking this. All the interlocking pieces, gears, 3-D connectors, and shafts did connect well, but we did have to make one adjustment like adding a rubber band on the top to keep the top chute on the shaft. Other than that, we love our new toy!
Buy It: The Techno Gears Marble Mania Sidewinder 2.0 Construction Set is for ages 6+. It can be purchased at The Learning Journey's website or you can get it at Amazon. This construction roller coaster set is compatible with all The Learning Journey's Techno Gears sets, and can be intertwined to make even bigger and more elaborate marble roller coasters!
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