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: $109.99
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ThinkPlay STEM Junior Xtra collection is an international award-winning construction system with outstanding educational uses. Granted the prestigious Tillywig Brain Child Gold Award, the Practical Preschool Gold Award, as well as the Primary Teacher Gold Award, the ThinkPlay STEM Junior 400-piece set is amazingly durable and comes with a boatload of project ideas.
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.
All four of us (parents included) love these! Our neighbors have borrowed them because THEY love them. I really appreciate the two manuals that come with the blocks: these make it easy to designate pages/projects to complete throughout the week. My four-year-old initially had a difficult time sliding the blocks together but after a few uses, they loosened up and she was able to do any project basically by herself. They help with eye-hand coordinating, counting, colors, shapes, placement, following pictorial directions. They are pricey but worth it...and way cooler (and less painful to step on :)!) than Legos!
I love how these blocks teach subjects like architecture, following directions, and even shapes/colors. However, the pieces are really hard for small hands to slide together and they require a lot of help. For my very independent three year old, this felt like a failure. Other than that it is a great product and well worth every penny I spent on it.
When we first got this my son couldn’t put the pieces together on his own. They are tough, even for me! After some practice, he can get them together with a bit of assistance on some of the pieces. We are working on having him follow the patterns, which can be slightly difficult to interpret. At this point I’m just telling him where to put each piece.
This is awesome my kids love all the different things you can make. I did get annoyed that on the scheduler it says they need to make something everyday.. that seems a little over kill to me but aside from that. This set is great.
We love, love, love this kit for STEM learning. This isn't something that my kindergartener can do independently yet, so we enjoy building the different projects each week! My two older children (10 and 7) also enjoy building different projects!