ThinkPlay STEM Junior Xtra
Piece colors vary so some of the projects will not match the colors of those shown in the project manual.
Our price: $99.99
More than 60 spiral-bound pages of easy-to-follow photographs show, step by step, how to build a huge, incrementally more difficult variety of models. Better still, many of the initial construction instructions begin by having your child place the appropriate shapes on the pages so that the correct shapes and quantities are located before construction begins.
Note: Colors in your set may vary from those depicted in your manual.
This high level of structured guidance distinguishes Thinkplay STEM Junior from any other building set for this age range. The squares, triangles, and wheels connect and disconnect easily, yet create remarkably secure structures that do not fall apart. Stack them or interlock them on their sides—ThinkPlay square bricks are the same size as traditional middle-size Duplo bricks and are 100% compatible but infinitely more versatile.
Timberdoodle’s ThinkPlay STEM Junior set also features specialized Xtra connectors, shaped like “T”s and “r”s. These unique connector pegs, beyond the pre-attached connectors and standard linear and X-shaped pegs, allow the builder to change the direction of their construction, and to create even more varied models with the ThinkPlay STEM Junior set.
ThinkPlay STEM Junior encourages a wide variety of cognitive benefits in your younger children: fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, convergent/divergent thinking, creativity, problem solving, and spatial skills. Colors will vary. For ages 4 - 8.
Age Recommendation: 4-8
Awards and Endorsements:
Tillywig Brain Child Gold Award
Practical Preschool Gold Award
Primary Teacher Gold Award
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
My son ranks these right up there with legos! He loves to get out his box and create his own designs. Last week we had a giant octopus on the kitchen table.
I wasn’t exactly sure how these were different from regular Lego Duplo...my kids like those- but once we figured out how to connect these side to side, AND on top of each other, my kids played with them for hours! Wayyyy more versatile. My kids are almost 6 and almost 8, past the typical age for big blocks, but they LOVE these. They come with a nice sturdy case, too. I highly recommend these!
I HIGHLY recommend this kit! Our kids do 1-2 a week and they do these when their friends come over! Great quality and so much you can do!
We build something out of the project books provided in this kit about 4x a week! My son loves is and he’s only 3. Granted he gets frustrated at times but when we push through he is so excited about the finished product! Cars to animals to objects, they have building projects for every interest.
The downside is that I have to take it apart for him because it’s too time-consuming and frustrating for a busy soon-to-be 4 yr old.
But, I usually have to take it apart when he’s not looking anyway because he wants to keep all his creations. Some he can keep, but you usually have to take them apart if you want to work on a new piece.
I am currently using this with my 3rd kiddo and it's been a nice activity to have them do during transitions or downtime. Oftentimes I save ThinkPlay for when I am making lunch since the kids can build independently. I would say this is worth the price, especially having used it with multiple children.
This would also be a fun toy to have available for play during free time.