Monday, April 13, 2015

ThinkFun Maker really got Aidan's imagination spinning!

I have worked a few times with ThinkFun in the past and have REALLY enjoyed it.  Their games are fun, but also educational.  They just came out with a new kit and offered to send me one to review and play with.   

Aidan is in LOVE with building things and from his time in scouts when he was younger, I knew that this would be right up his alley.  I ALSO knew that Eric likes this kind of stuff and it would be some great father-son time. (I was right)

So here is a blurb about the sets straight from ThinkFun because, of course, they say it the best.
"About Maker Studio Construction Sets:
Designed by well-known maker/engineers for budding engineers (aged 7 to adult), Maker Studio sets transform recycled household objects into working, kinetic machines and contraptions. Each of the three sets (Gears, Propellers, or Winches) includes complete instructions for creating four amazing builds, as well as Engineering Challenges - encouraging young makers to experiment with friction, torque, propulsion and more. Suitable for anyone ages seven-to-adult who is ready to think “outside the brick” and start making."

I got the basic Maker Studio which was pretty cool.  Inside each box is:
Photo from the ThinkFun site.
  • 1 Spool
  • 2 Long Connectors, 3 Medium Connectors
  • 1 Large Gear, 1 Medium Gear
  • 2 Large Wheels, 2 Medium Wheels, 2 Small Wheels
  • 3 5.5" Rods, 3 1.5" Rods
  • 13 Hub Caps
  • 1 Hole Punch
  • 3 Rubber Bands
  • 10 Engineering Challenges
We did NOT use everything in the box.  Aidan saw the cards right away and wanted to make something straight from the card. I said no.  It was imagination time.

He decided on a boat, but we had to figure out how to tie in all the pieces obviously.  After looking at the boxes that we pulled from the recycling bin, the guys decided on a fishing boat. 
Excited to begin!
Captain looking out the window

It floats!  The box was covered in packing tape to keep the water from degrading the box.

The crane Aidan built.
Aidan and Eric only used SOME of the pieces available, so they can build more now!  I really liked this set.  I enjoy how it encourages creativity as well as recycling.  All boxes were pulled from the recycling bin.  The yarn and tulle were from my craft room.  Nothing additional needed to be purchased.  No batteries are being used. Just good old fashioned brain power.

I am kind of looking forward to him taking this apart so we can build something else.  I would love to get in on the fun!

The ThinkFun Maker Studio can be purchased on their site for $19.99 You can check out more info there, see videos, as well as get the links to the other kits.

You can find ThinkFun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  You can also find this kit on Amazon

Thank you so much to ThinkFun for letting me try out this kit!  It was given to me for free for review purposes, but the fun had, opinions,  and creativity were all ours. 

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