ThinkPlay Gears Extreme
Piece colors vary, so some of the projects will not match the colors of those shown in the project manual.
Our price: $169.99
ThinkPlay Gears Extreme is an extraordinary kit from ThinkPlay, the internationally award-winning educational construction system. Designed to explore the basic physics of movement and rotation, effects of friction, creating power, and how simple machines need and use gears, this 488-piece set comes with a whole suite of instructions.
Note: Colors in your set may vary from those depicted in your manual.
The gear wheel comes in five sizes with different teeth arrangements, and each gear is marked clearly with its number of teeth. There are also two types of color-coded gear wheels, some with a smooth shaft and others with a geared one. Additionally, ThinkPlay Gears Extreme's side-connecting block pieces enable your young builder to make circles, curves, and spirals that remain impossible with traditional sets.
Timberdoodle's exclusive ThinkPlay Gears Extreme set includes Chains and Pulleys, enabling your child to complete an additional 25 projects.
With ThinkPlay Chains, your child can build a clock, snowplow, and chainsaw, as well as more technical models such as intricate chain panels. Or, creative engineers can assemble new constructions of an original design using the included 75 chain links.
ThinkPlay Pulleys is an engaging way for your child to investigate the useful simple machine, pulleys. There are eleven appealing pulley projects that your young builders will enjoy, from a bird with fluttering tail feathers to a helicopter with rotating blades. ThinkPlay Pulleys includes nine pulleys, four silicone bands, and detailed instruction sheets. Two fishing models call for string (not included).
Gears, chains, and pulleys come together in ThinkPlay Gears Extreme to take ThinkPlay's STEM and simple machines potential to a new level.
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Awards and Endorsements:
2012 Poland Gold Award
2012 Practical Pre-School Gold Award
2013 India Didactics Award
2013 BESA Education Resource of the year
2014 Bizziebaby Silver Award
2020 STEM.org Authenticated Educational Product
2021 Newsweek Best in STEM
review by Making Everyday Magic
”Not to spoil your watching of the video, but I have never been so pleased to tell you that my assumptions about this product were so off base.”Read the Review
review by One Luckey Wife
”Thinkplay Gears is such a fun and engaging toy for kids. It comes with so many projects to make. They start off easy and get progressively harder.”Watch the Review
They don't fall apart but are easy for the kids to disassemble when they want to. Very open ended, encourages a lot of creativity.
Thought he would love this, he really didn’t care. I think it overwhelmed him with how much there was and if he didn’t receive help with the complicated stuff (gear powered helicopter) he would abandon it. We've directed him towards the simpler projects and he's slowly gaining interest back in it
We absolutely loved the Gears, which came with the Kindergarten Kit. My 5-year-old really enjoyed every single project that he’s done thus far and so has the rest of the family. My husband has created many little projects himself, too. Ha! We used it throughout the whole school year and still have many projects to get through. It was great to create using the included project instructions and it was great to create on our own. Totally worth the price and I have already recommended this to many people. My 5-year-old has shown off various projects to people and anyone with kids perks up and asks what it is and where to find it.
We have really enjoyed using this set for STEM learning. When one child requires one-on-one time with me, I am able to set up the other with this set and let them build. They think they are getting extra play time, but I can see the learning occurring as they connect the gears and build creations with and without the use of the included instructions. We love this set!
The pulleys and chains are a great way to familairize kids with STEM and engineering principles. I like that there is a nice range of difficulty in the included handbook. My 6 year old is capable of following the directions for some solo. I like that some are currently too difficult as it is a purchase that we will get years out of, making it worth the cost.