The heavy rain drops are beating on our windows. The water is falling from the sky by the buckets, leaving us little to no chance of hitting the playground today. I am at home with all four kids. One is growing more restless than the other, it slowly spreads throughout the house like the plague. The expression “climbing the walls” must have been uttered for the first time by a mother of four boys with cabin fever. Today is a perfect day for tinkering. We will take the time to tinker and it will be fun! (K’Nex sent us these awesome sets, but the opinions are mine.)
K’NEX recently sent me the Tinkertoy Wild Wheels Building Set and the K’NEX Combat Crew 5-in-1 Building Set. I had saved these boxes for “a rainy day” – and I think this day is exactly that. Without further delay I wrangle the kids, divide them up by age, which we automatically tend to do anyway. “The babies” were given the colorful Tinkertoy Wild Wheels Building Set and “the big kids” had the awesome K’NEX Combat Crew 5-in-1 Building Set. Today the to-do lists can wait, the dust bunnies live to see another sunrise, because tinkering must be done!
The kids sit in anticipation of the boxes opening. They are excited to try these new toys, as any child would be. I quietly say a prayer, hoping that the awesome toys will calm the “ants in their pants.”
The two sets were perfect for the individual age groups. The free play, let-the-imagination-run-wild options with the Tinker Toys truly were a great match for Jonah and Jansen. We built sail boats and went on the open sea for an adventure. We constructed cars and took a drive to see wild animals. The pieces were eventually turned into swords and light sabers, because… yes – boys! We talked colors, we counted pieces, followed the suggested directions and we sure spent a lot of time not following any instructions.
Meanwhile the two older boys were busy with their BIG box of K’NEX Combat Crew. This particular set is a 5 in 1, which is always an added bonus. Jacob and Jordan are a great team – they always work together on builds. Jacob, as the typical big brother is the supervisor and takes on the larger bits of the project. Jordan is a great little brother, he opens bags, takes direction and builds the smaller parts. They are really an awesome team and I love standing back watching their interaction.
They both have a lot of building experience, but this was their first big K’NEX set. At first they were a little overwhelmed with the instructions. Each step had several sub-steps. But Construction Supervisor Jacob oversaw the build and not a step was missed. They did have to retrace their steps a few times, but nothing that was beyond repair. This set was a great challenge and a wonderful learning experience for both of them.
We spent the rest of the afternoon constructing, building and having fun just tinkering. Some days all we really need is to take a step back, shut off the technology and remove all the screens. Free play is not only crucial for a child’s development, but also for a mother’s sanity. Letting the kids play on their own without being micro-managed is healthy and exactly what this day called for.
I am SUPER excited to offer one of my lucky readers a chance to have a tinkering-filled day like we did.
This giveaway is sponsored by K’NEX. Enter here to win the same two sets we so thoroughly enjoyed on our rainy day inside.
These sets were so awesome and gave us hours of tinkering-fun! I highly recommend them for little kids who love to build, create and are fascinated by STEM activities.
Tinkertoy Wild Wheels Building Set