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  • J. Vickery says:
    150 of 153 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great STEAM Resource for Young Learners, May 10, 2016
    By 
    J. Vickery (Texas) –

    This review is from: ETI Toys | STEM Learning | Original 101 Piece Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Set for 3, 4 and 5+ Year Old Boys & Girls | Creative Fun Kit | Best Toy Gift for Kids Ages 3yr – 6yr (Toy)
    ETI Toys has created a great STEAM resource for the younger set with this set of Construction Engineering Blocks. Although the toys is rated for ages 3 and up, my 2 1/2, 5, and 7-year-old have all enjoyed creating with this set. My 2 1/2-year-old cannot replicate the suggested designs without assistance, but loves manipulating the nuts and bolts and using the child-sized functional socket wrench included in this set. My 5-year-old enjoys studying the included idea sheet and trying to recreate the designs shown on it. My 7-year-old loves using the pieces to construct her own creations.

    Why the 4-star rating? While this is a great product, I believe it could be better with minor modifications.

    Pros:
    1. The set consists of 85 bright, colorful, non-toxic pieces, all of which are large enough not to pose a choking hazard to young children.
    2. The pieces are easy to assemble.
    3. The included design sheet offers a wide array of project ideas.
    4. The set comes with a sturdy storage container — huge plus in my book!
    5. The child-sized socket wrench adds a unique element that I have not seen in any other construction toy.
    6. The toy is open-ended and encourages both problem-solving and creative play.

    Cons:
    1. Although the set includes 85 pieces, there are only four blocks that kids can screw other pieces into. This makes it difficult for more than one child to play at a time.
    2. All screws are the same length; some longer screws (allowing kids to connect more than two pieces) would be a good addition.
    3. Bolts do not hold pieces securely in place unless they’re *really* tight — and if they’re really tight, neither the included socket nor little hands can loosen them.
    4. I’d love to see bolt heads redesigned to accommodate either the included socket or a screwdriver. I love the socket, but think I screwdriver would be easier for little hands to use on angular pieces.

    All in all, I believe this set is a good resource to encourage early science, engineering, art, and math skills. I would strongly advise purchasing more than one set, however, if you’re planning to use this kit for multiple children or in a classroom setting.

    DISCLAIMER: I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. #ETIToys

  • Jen & Mike says:
    76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth Every Penny!, August 18, 2016
    By 
    Jen & Mike (Southern California) –

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    This review is from: ETI Toys | STEM Learning | Original 101 Piece Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Set for 3, 4 and 5+ Year Old Boys & Girls | Creative Fun Kit | Best Toy Gift for Kids Ages 3yr – 6yr (Toy)
    Amazing manipulative toy! My daughter (almost 3) loves building things, working with tools, etc. I was searching for a toy that would let her really use her hands and coordination to build things and that at 2 years old she could handle. This was the toy I was looking for! She loves to build different cars, planes, animals, etc. She loves the little screwdriver/wrench tool that came with it. She can build a lot of things by herself, which makes her very proud. The only negative is that you can usually build one item (from the page with pictures on it) and if you want to build another one you have to take apart what you just made. Also, its a random assortment of parts, so some of the building items show you using 6 wheels, and my box only came with 4, but we make it work.

    She loves this toy so much I think I’m going to order it again so she can make multiple things at a time!

  • Becky says:
    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    BAD DESIGN! Low quality! I regret not buying Mellisa and Doug set instead, December 30, 2016
    By 
    Becky

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    After a week of play I changed my rating from 3 to 1 star.

    I regret not buying two sets of M&D wood sets instead for a two-thirds of the price of this set… Yes, this is educational and engaging (easy for a 5 year old for independent play, can be done collaboratively with a 3 year old if he/she has a very good attention span) but these pros are outweighed by the cons:

    – Horrible wheel design. The wheels are like screws themselves, so if you build a car and roll it, the wheels unscrew themselves and fall out within seconds. VERY frustrating and disappointment for a child who wants to show off his/her creation or play with the toy they have built.
    – The tension is not great. There is a fine line between too much tension (so it is hard for a kid to unscrew) and not enough tension such that pieces get loose and undo themselves – which is the case here. Again, very non-gratifying play experience.
    – It is not possible to build some of the models well because the bolts are too long and interfere with each other when screwed into the cube or the “plate” sections.

    At first, my kids first were super excited and engaged, but because of these reasons, they soon got annoyed and frustrated and would not like to play with this construction set. It ended up being a colossal waste of money given that this set is priced like a quality product…

    I like that (unlike M&D) this set includes two large rectangular “plates”, and I liked the “brackets”. But other than that, there is absolutely no advantage to this over M&D wooden sets (priced $14 on Amazon, you can get 2 of them for two-thirds of one ETI and have approximately the same range of building options, plus enjoy natural materials). Plus, M&D offer different lengths screws and a screwdriver that actually makes sense (as opposed to the odd “thingy” — as my child called this tool — included with the ETI set).

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