Nature/ Type: Simple science kit to build an easy machine
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 4 year-old ++
Who would love this: Young kids that enjoy building + science/ engineering
We found this hard-to-find “GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank” at some pop-up marketplace recently, and we were stoked! I tested out and wrote about a similar range “GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine” a while back which we absolutely love (although I did have some reservations about its durability and sturdiness). I was excited to give this set a try!
Why I love ❤️ this toy:
(1) Easy and Simple FUN Device - Similar to the other GoldieBlox range, this set has all the construction components we need to build a simple device that demonstrates the fun of science and engineering. Included within is a storybook, an animal figurine (Nacho the dog), a bouncy ball, 2 wheels, 9 short axles, 18 long axles, 12 blocks, 10 spacers, 2 targets, and 3 design templates. The illustrative instructions are straightforward, and it took us around 10-minute to build the easy dunk tank structure. It was super cute seeing cheeky Nacho sitting suspended on a board above a container of water. The kids laughed so hard throwing the bouncy ball at the target, and watched how the board gave way and dropped Nacho straight into the “tank”. They did it over and over, and the laughter was simply contagious! It probably didn’t cross their mind that they had just built a simple machine of hinges and lever. I love that this is an entertaining experiment, bright and colourful, and a true example of how kids can learn through play.
(2) Design - The components feel a little flimsy, but workable and function well for a simple device like a dunk tank. The design of the yellow “fish bowl” bouncy ball is a nice touch, and I love how the pieces are inter-compatible with other GoldieBlox range to expand the creations. I also love the storage box with organised inserts.
(3) Story Concept - The set comes with a foldout “pamphlet” of story featuring GoldieBlox, a smart female engineer, who was figuring out a way to bathe her dog Nacho. I personally find the story a little confusing, but I love the concept of encouraging young girls to discover the world of engineering (although the toy itself is gender-neutral, and would be loved by girls and boys).
Where to buy this:
Not sure, but its official website is here: https://goldieblox.com/
Enjoy the video!