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PolyM Dinosaur Paradise Kit

Lower Age: 1.5+
Price: $49.99
Year Added: 2018

The PolyM Build & Play Dinosaur Paradise Kit is a brick set intended for children 18 months and older. The box contains 200 bricks in 5 colors and 18 shapes, two PolyM Build & Play product catalogues, two small sheets of stickers filled with different style eyes that can be stuck to the blocks, and an instruction booklet for the five designs shown on the front of the box. The plastic blocks are large, light, and flexible without feeling cheap or flimsy.

 

The instructions could be clearer, but are functional and encourage spatial reasoning of the level that would be expected of the target age group. The main focus of all toys of this style is the creative design aspect, where children are set loose to design and build whatever it is that they want/can with the bricks. The engineering thinking taught by this kind of play is very basic, but everyone must start somewhere, and for an 18-month-old, many of the skills learned by interacting with building toys are foundational for future learning.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: idea generation, create a prototype

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: NA

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: spatial reasoning, design

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