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
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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.
Both my 4 year old and 2 year old love building with these blocks, and so do I! We also love the extensive building manuals. My kids remain occupied in 100% independent play for at least 30 min. They typically only start asking for my help when disassembly is required. The blocks stay together so well that it can take some serious effort/finesse to take them apart.
This is one of our favorite hands-on STEM activities! My 3 year old is a little young for them, but once he figured out how to connect and disconnect them, it was game over. He loves creating all kinds of things, and I love using them as manipulatives for math and counting!
There is a learning curve with these...but they are amazing. The first time my four year old used them she got frustrated because she couldnt figure out that they needed to be slid into each other...but by the second time she was building a unicorn by herself. Her older brother (5) really goes all out with these and builds the 3D projects.
Great for hours of fun that still uses brain power.
Maybe this was a bit too complicated for a 4 year olds little hands to do independently, but this was a great activity for us to do together. He was very proud of his finished results.
My 4 kids love these. They are just the right difficulty for my 5 and 6 year olds to be challenging but not frustrating. My 2.5 year old has fun stacking, but can't yet build from the idea books. The best part is that they stay together very firmly- better than Duplo legos- for hours of play with their creations. My 9 year old loves building vehicles for his little brother, and they stay together even when dropped or crashed into each other.