Thinking outside the blocks with K' Nex!


My children love building and constructing things, whether it be out of recycling, household object or toys, we’re big on STEM toys and anything that aids their development. This half term we were sent some awesome K’nex set from Basic Fun Toys to try out over half term.

This took me right back to my childhood, the memories of wet playtime at school when we would stay indoors on the carpet building K’Nex! Do you remember the coloured carry case boxes everyone had, with flip-top lid? Oh the memories.

Taylor recognised the pieces as something he too plays with at school which surprised me. I’m impressed they’re still around and children are still loving them today!

I still remember my friend having the K’Nex Carousel, it was amazing!

We received the K’Nex K-Force Battle Bow Building Set and the K’Nex Rad Rides Set to review.

T was allowed to choose one set to start with and chose the Rad Rides set as his intro into K’Nex, saving the Battle Bow for later in the week when boredom hits!

The Rad Rides set is a 12 in 1 retailing at £13, available in John Lewis.

This set allows children to build one of 12 vehicles in the instructions and online, or to let their imaginations run free and create their own.

With over 200 classic K’Nex pieces and sturdy wheels, this building toy is composed of neon colourful plastic rods and connectors that snap together with a simple “click”! These pieces can be combined together to create 12 different vehicles!

I wasn’t sure T, who is 6, would be able to build it by himself but I was impressed to find he did most of it with very little help.

He was really proud of the creation once completed and took it to display on his shelf.

Next, we will be building the Battle Bow, which I think he may need a little more help with but will have tons of fun using afterwards! With 165 classic pieces to choose from, you can build a variety of four different blasters and target models at one time. Included in this set are five soft foam darts that can be fired up to 75 feet, a blaster chamber, a quick-fit grip, a preload ring and two dart holders. Connect the pieces together using the plastic rods and connectors to customise, design and build any dart blaster and target model you can imagine!

This fun and engaging construction set for children helps develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness, while providing an understanding of STEM subject.

K’nex is a great toy for fine motor skills and problem-solving, watching him work out how to piece it together I certainly underestimated his ability. The best part is he was happy for a good hour, screen-free engrossed in construction!

K’Nex supports developmental growth of fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and spatial awareness, enabling greater understanding of STEM subjects.

I think some more K’Nex sets will certainly be on his Christmas list!

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