Recommended age: 4 year-old ++
Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox. I have quite a mixed feeling about this toy; on the one hand, my four-year-old is absolutely loving this and smiled really proudly each time when he managed to spin his invention around; but on the other hand, there was a bit of frustration when we just couldn’t execute quite a few suggested designs from the book, although we did enjoy creating and modifying the ideas into something else in the end.
Why I love ❤️ this toy?
(1) For Aspiring Engineers: a construction toy combines with storybook can hardly go wrong! The concept is aimed to encourage girls to discover the wonder of engineering world, although I think the toy is gender-neutral in itself.
(2) Let's Invent: kids love watching the magic of the five beautifully-crafted figures spinning on the wheels with the pull of ribbon. I love how it encourages kids to invent! It’s amazing to watch how some axles, blocks, wheels and a ribbon can form so many clever designs with so much pulling and spinning fun. However, I would have loved the set more if the characters and the crank can fit a little more snugly on top of the wheels. Throughout the play, I have to keep asking the boy to “pull gently, not too fast” just so that the characters and crank wouldn’t keep fallen off whenever the ribbon is being pulled. I also wish that the ribbon is a bit longer to give the build a few more seconds of spinning fun.
It’s difficult to rate this toy seeing that it has loads of potential, but definitely much room to improve in term of quality and design. But my kid loves it and gets really excited to execute each of his spinning machine ideas. So I guess the goal of the toy has been achieved pretty well!
Enjoy the video below for some spinning fun!