Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Wooden Water And Sand Wheel, by Explore Nook

Nature/ Type:            Wooden water and sand wheel 

Rating:                       ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:   3 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Any kids- this is perfect for beach, park, backyard, indoor or outdoor play! 

My kids love Richard Scarry’s and his ridiculously busy Lowly Worm series. One of their favourite spreads of pages is the exciting illustrations about hydropower. We love tracing our fingers along the flowing stream, watching the force of gravity interacting with the water turbine, creating mechanical motion and energy. It’s a process that constantly fascinates us! Explore Nook sent us this “Wooden Water And Sand Wheel” recently, and we are absolutely loving how a simple device can incorporate so much science and amazing theories! 

Why I love ❤️ this toy: 

(1) So Many Different Ways To Play- I love how versatile this toy is! The set comes with a cleverly-designed stand, removable wheel and a funnel; a simple tool to explain complex engineering terms to young kids in a visualised and interesting way. We tested it out with fine-grain sand, with cascading water, and 100 cute translucent “gummy bear” counters. The kids skipped with joy watching the fast rotating movement generated when different types of material poured and rush downwards, touching the vertical wheel and sending it into a quick spin! The fact that the funnel can be removed means the kids get to investigate and experiment the potential of this toy with other bigger items, like chickpeas, coffee beans, marbles, wood chips, and you-name-it! This is a delightful learning resource that is fun to play with and thrilling to watch! This toy is educational, relevant, and a potential “power machine” in a simplified and unassuming form. 

(2) Wooden Material- We love the sustainably sourced, durable and quality wooden material! This is a beautiful toy designed by an Australian Early Childhood Teacher and crafted in Vietnam. I love the meticulous craftsmanship and the emphasis on natural resources. 

(3) Open-Ended- This is one of those open-ended toys that can be played indoor and outdoor. The wheel is a perfect tool for backyard muddy-play, a fun beach toy for a sunny excursion, a cool device for messy water play in nature, or a stay-at-home companion on a Melbourne-insane-weather day. 

Nothing beats learning physics in a gripping and inspiring way! Thank you Explore Nook , we are enchanted! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

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1 comment:

  1. Our Preschool children enjoy the versatility of this toy and how hardwearing it is in a childcare centre. Children took turns and showed team working skills through their learning, e.g. building their vocabulary, there was inspiring conversations amongst the children and many more.