Piece colors vary so some of the projects will not match the colors of those shown in the project manual.
Our price: $115.00
If your home has engineers who still take naps, Thinkplay has a unique construction kit just for them. Winner of the prestigious 2018 Tillywig Award, ThinkPlay Preschool has taken the popular European construction series, Thinkplay, and has simplified it for younger ages. Suitable for children as young as 30 months, ThinkPlay Preschool has brightly colored cubes and prisms with studs on up to three sides, which allows for the building of multi-directional models. Best of all is the easy-to-follow spiralbound full-color-illustrated instruction manual with lots of diverse and progressively more challenging models that your preschooler can make.
Multidirectional, Versatile Bricks
The multidirectional design of the ThinkPlay Preschool bricks and the set's inclusion of wheels and axles allow kids to follow the instructions and create real-world objects like flowers, cars, trains, robots, wild animals, complex geometric shapes, and much more. And of course, ThinkPlay Preschool is compatible not only with all Thinkplay kits but also with Duplo® blocks. ThinkPlay Preschool comes packaged in a sturdy, lock-top tub for easy cleanup and storage, and includes an exclusive instruction manual. We have been using ThinkPlay Preschool with our three-year-old twins who love it, but heads-up, they do need a fair amount of adult guidance to complete the models. So if you are looking for a fun, structured way to connect to your preschooler, ThinkPlay Preschool is it.
Age Recommendation: 2 1/2 years+
Awards and Endorsements:
2018 Tillywig Award
This building set is compatible with our LEGO DUPLO sets. The ThinkPlay is a slightly softer plastic and has a larger variety of unique pieces. Also in contrast with LEGO, none of the pieces are specialized for just a single use. Consequently its better for open ended play and building. The manual instructions are very well designed for young learners! My three year old enjoys our weekly model lesson. Building models has increased his confidence during free play!
We enjoy these - we have specifically not purchased many Duplo sets because we had these - so it was a great set for us. I love the different shaped pieces that let them be a little more creative than an ordinary duplo set would allow. I feel like this set - my only wish was that it was a little less expensive.
Ok I like that these blocks have unusual pieces like the triangle blocks and the rods and wheels. I also LOVE that it comes with it’s a building guide. My only problem is that these blocks are pretty difficult to snap together. I end up having to snap them together (which takes some of the fun out of it for the little guy.)
This was a little disappointing only because we already own a ton Lego sets. They are basically the same thing, so when I already had a ton of them it felt like a waste of money. However, I do like the case they come in and the building instructions are a lot easier to follow. Would be AMAZING if I hadn't already had the Legos.
We love Duplos in this house, so I considered not getting this, but I'm glad I did. These blocks allow you to build in many directions, and the rods and wheels add extra excitement and opportunities. They have holes going through them so the rods can attach to any piece. The detailed instructions are helpful, easy to read and vary in difficulty. My almost 3 year old loves the idea of them but struggles to push them together (they're a bit tight). I suspect the tightness will be nice later. So instead, I have him tell me what to do and find pieces and I push them together for him. They are a bit expensive, but so are Duplos and other blocks and I think it's worth it if it encourages building.