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Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board

Lower Age: 2
Upper Age: 4
Website: http://www.melissaanddoug.com/switch-and-spin-magnetic-gear-board/3745.html
Price: $19.99
Year Added: 2016

Switch and Spin Magnetic Gear Board is a toy that encourages young children to explore how gears work. The game comes with 8 gears and magnetic connectors for each one that can be magnetically attached to a whiteboard. The set also includes 10 pictures with templates for where the gear connectors will go, which children must then attach gears to. In addition, children can explore how the gears work by attaching the gear connectors directly onto the whiteboard without a template. This toy fosters engineering thinking and design as children learn basic concepts behind how gears work, and then choose where they should fit in the puzzle. Additionally, this game can help young children develop their spatial reasoning and fine motor skills as they learn how to properly manipulate the gears on the board.

 

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Ask questions, design the solution

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Spatial reasoning, creative thinking, design

 

 

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    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
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      • “Great to help young children become more familiar with the mechanics of gears.”