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The Perfect Starter Set for Girls,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
I grew up on K'Nex. I'm a 23 year old male. I have two little sisters. One's a snob-nosed, arrogant high school senior (I still love her), the other's a sweet, 8-year-old. Nevertheless, the latter plays too many video games, in my opinion.
So I thought of ways to stop that. I hid the controls. She found them. I took away the cable. She complained, but I still kept it away. But I've been thinking for some time of getting her some creativity and educational toys that she can spend hours and hours with. I rummaged through my old toys and found my big ol' K'Nex box. Floods of memories and nostalgia inundated my brain, and I hoped she would spend countless hours of pure imagination and fun with them as I did. Suffice to say, she played with them for only a week. Looks like I had lost quite a few pieces over the years, so she was limited with the amount of objects she could actually construct. Plus, the instructions were missing.
I wasn't too much of a LEGO fan growing up, but I thought I'd give 'em a try. Her birthday came and went, and she's still playing with this set.
The actual bucket for this set is quite large compared to the amount of LEGOs you get, but that's probably to contain more pieces in the future. All in all, it's a great set to get little girls started on the Danish construction blocks.
Furthermore, she hasn't really mentioned video games as of late, and even though the structures don't take too much time to build, she spends hours thereafter breaking them down, and rebuilding several other, imaginative devices of her own.
I'm glad she likes them; that makes me happy. When I had some friends over, she came down with her LEGO set and started playing in the vicinity. My mates immediately exclaimed "LEGOs!" and began reminiscing of their days rife with the little plastic bricks.
And just the other day she showed me some of her own creations. Of course, me being the big brother, said I was going to rampage her models. "No! I worked really, really hard on them. It took me a while to figure them out, but I got it."
A warm smile spread across my face, and I spared her toys--for now!