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Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
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- NAPPA Silver Award Winner
- Design and build 10 amazing moving machines - teach your bricks new tricks
- Comes with 80 page instructions, 33 LEGO pieces, instructions for 10 modules, 6 plastic balls, string, paper ramps and other components
- Includes a 80 page instructional book with Klutz certified crystal-clear instructions
- Includes more than 30 essential Lego elements
- Recommended for children ages 8+
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From the manufacturer
What is Klutz?
Klutz is a premium brand of book-based activity kits, designed to inspire creativity in every kid. Our unique combination of crystal-clear instructions, custom tools and materials, and hearty helpings of humor is 100% guaranteed to kick-start creativity.
- Super-clear Instructions
- Open-ended Creativity
- Rewarding Reading
- Skills to Build On
- Everything You Need
LEGO Chain Reactions
Design and Build Amazon Moving Machines
In a chain reaction, one thing leads to another, which leads to another, which leads to another, which. ..well, you get the idea
With the stuff in this kit and a pile of your own ordinary LEGO bricks, you can build Ten awesome machines that can be combined to make dozens of different chain reactions that use many steps to do. ..a whole lot of nothing (or maybe something vaguely useful).
Your machine could toss a gum wrapper into the trash, amuse your dog, deliver a message ('Oh Yeah!'), ring a bell, and generally make you the envy of the neighborhood.
What You Get
The box attached to this book contains what you need to turn ordinary bricks into amazing chain reaction machines. Including:
- 33 LEGO Elements
- 6 LEGO balls
- 2.2 yds of string.
- 8 paper ramps
- 2 paper pop-up signs
- 1 paper funnel
- 1 paper flag
- 1 paper bucket
- 1 platform
Klutz Crystal Clear Instructions
With 78 pages of detailed instructions with brightly colored images, you will learn to build machines ranging in complexity from easy to advance.
Stuck on a certain step? Throughout the book, you will also find helpful brick substitutions, suggestions how to fix common problems, and explanations on the physics behind each machine.
Meet the Machines
Each machine is specially designed to build upon the skills you've learned throughout the book. Meet our machines!
1. Quintopple: easy
2. Dominoes: easy
3. Seesaw and Ramp: easy
4.Pop-up Flag and Falling Hammer: medium
5. Board Bouncer: medium
6. Slow Spin: easy
7. Elevator Ramps: advanced
8. Pulley and Bucket: medium
9. Funnel Ramp: medium
10. Zigzag Ramp: advanced
Our book includes 33 special LEGO elements that combine with basic bricks from your collection to make your machines go. But don’t worry that you won’t have the right bricks; we worked with the folks at LEGO to make sure you’ll need only the most common bricks, and that there are plenty of substitutes. The result is a chain reaction of fun, as one thing leads to another and another and another.
Comes with: 78 page book, 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, 6 feet of string, 8 paper ramps, 2 paper pop-up signs, 1 paper funnel ramp, 1 paper flag, 1 paper bucket, 1 platform
From the Manufacturer
Fascinate your friends by completing an ordinary task in an extraordinary way. Learn to build 10 LEGO machines that can swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. Then connect, rearrange, and experiment with the machines to create a chain reaction. With this book in hand and a handful of basic bricks from your LEGO collection, the only other thing you'll need is a little imagination. Includes 80-page book of instructions, 33 LEGO pieces, instructions for 10 machines, 6 plastic balls, string, paper ramps, and other components.
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I supported my 7 year old grandson's effort to build the first project. My 5 year old grandson looked at what was involved and walked away I think because it looks complicated and the projects contain very few pieces. Both of them are very skilled Lego builders who pride themselves on their ability to throw lots of pieces together quickly. Does that sound familiar to you?
So... I think what motivates most young Lego builders is assembling lots of pieces quickly and having a relatively static object to play with when done. The chain reaction projects aren't that at all. They don't look like much -to an adult - when complete. They are challenging in my view mostly because of the need for precision alignment between the paper parts and the Lego motion actuators the kids assemble to create the Chain the Reaction. Once assembled and aligned, making it function can require trial and error, motivation to succeed, precision hand and eye coordination and patience. I think that doing the first project successfully might be a make or break point for this product. Failure would surely be a deterrent towards doing subsequent projects in the book so initial success seems very important at least for younger children. The greatest joy my grandson experienced (and it was great joy) was the moment the first project functioned properly for the first time after several complete and partial failures (just as his patience was wearing thin) and then joy again once the chain reaction was rehearsed and easily repeatable so as to show his parents without failure. Having achieved this first success he was excited about doing more projects. It remains to be seen what his long term interest level will be.
Yes.. This is radically different than just sticking prices together and success is not easy considering that the projects are minimalist in the total number of pieces. However I think the lessons and skills this product teaches are very important, worthwhile and noteworthy. Aside from the skills mentioned above this is also elementary physics of motion, weight, angle, momentum, etc. In summary, it appears that, assuming success along the way, the complicated chain reactions are fun for children to assemble, challenging to make fully, reliably functional and thrilling once they work for that first time. It's all good stuff!
Sloping brick 2x4 1of
Tile 1x4 1of
In addition - just out of curiosity, I priced up the total of purchasing these bricks through the Lego web store and it came out a little under $48. so your choices are - (a) buy the book, if you know the recipient has an extensive supply of excess Lego (b) buy the book, and the additional Lego you need (c) buy the book and get creative around what you can substitute for the additional required pieces - (book stacks are suggested in place of the towers, but I think would be unstable and difficult to get the components to align sufficiently for the machine to work).
I give this 3 stars overall because I new this was a risky purchase, but I think it will still provide some educational value.
How hard is it to find these bricks? I have an underbed storage container filled to the brim with the bricks from many, many Lego kits we've bought over the last 4 years. We don't have the bricks needed for the dominoes project.
Third project needs: 6 4x2 bricks; 6 8x2 bricks; 2 4x1 bricks, 4 2x1 bricks; 3 4x2 plates; 2 2x2 plates
Fourth project requires: 11 2x8 bricks; 1 2x8 plate; 3 2x4 bricks; 2 2x1 bricks; 3 2x3 bricks; 3 1x4 bricks; 3 2x4 plates; 1 2x3 plate; 5 1x4 plates; 3 1x6 plates
5th project requires: 1 1x4 tile (flat top); 1 slope brick that is 2x4 on bottom and slopes to 1x4 on top; 1 2x6 plate; 1 2x4 plate, 1 2x2 brick; 1 2x8 plate; 3 1x4 bricks, 4 2x8 bricks; random amount of other 1x? Bricks to build single stud wide walls to knock over
And many more!