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Scientific Explorer Young Architect City Planner Set
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- Design and build your dream city like an Urban Planner
- Use colored pencils, templates and traceables to design and layout your town, then organize your 3D buildings
- Each time you start over you can create a new and unique city using stackable buildings, roof caps, bridge pieces, colored pencils and traceable guide
- Includes 49 building pieces, 20 roof caps, 6 bridge pieces,6 sheets of paper, city guide, mat, stencils, 75 decals, 3 pencils, instructions
- Recommended for children 8 years of age and older
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Design and Build Your Dream City!
A City Planner is someone who develops, plans and programs for the use of land in their communities. They are often charged with the responsibility of designing the plans for residential, agricultural, recreational or even natural landscapes. A City Planner needs to think about the many things that will influence their community, such as population, sustainability, crime, pollution and traffic. Now is your chance to be a City Planner, design your community and create a better world.
Each time you start over you can create a new and unique city!
Scientific Explorer Young Architect City Planner helps you find the best city in the world--The one in your head! Design and build your dream city like an Urban Planner. Use colored pencils, templates and traceables to design and layout your town, then organize your 3D buildings. Create your own unique buildings by stacking 7 different structures innumerable ways! Add vinyl cling facades to detail offices, apartments, stores, fire stations and more.
Scientific Explorer is the industry leader in fun and educational activity-based science kits for children. Appreciated by parents for their educational value and loved by children for their hands-on fun, Scientific Explorer kits help develop critical thinking skills, inspire imagination, and encourage exploration through interactive experiments and activities that help make learning fun. Scientific Explorer is a member of the Alex Brands Family.
Scientific Explorer Young Architect City Planner
Recommended for children 8 years of age and older
- 12 Tall Buildings, 15 Wide Buildings and 22 Small Buildings
- 5 Steeple Caps, 5 Chimney Caps, 5 Dome Caps and 5 Slanted Caps
- 4 Bridge Ends and 2 Bridge Centers
- 6 Sheets of Paper (17.3in. x 22in.), Traceable City Guide and Foldable Mat Base (18in. x 24in.)
- Acetate Stencil Sheet,75 Peel and Stick Decals and 3 Colored Pencils
- Easy Instructions
Scientific Explorer Young Architect City Planner helps you find the best city in the world. Design and build your dream city like an Urban Planner. Use colored pencils, templates and traceables to design and layout your town, then organize your 3D buildings. Create your own unique buildings by stacking 7 different structures innumerable ways. Add vinyl cling facades to detail offices, apartments, stores, fire stations and more. Includes 12 tall buildings, 15 wide buildings, 22 small buildings, 5 steeple caps, 5 chimney caps, 5 dome caps, 5 slanted caps, 4 bridge ends, 2 bridge centers, 6 sheets of paper (17.3in. x 22in.), traceable city guide,foldable mat base (18in. x 24in.), acetate stencil sheet,75 peel and stick decals, 3 colored pencils and easy instructions. Recommended for children 8 years of age and older.
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Unfortunately, there’s just not much there to recommend, especially at this high price point. The set comes with some clear Lego-like bricks, that can be formed into various structures, a few stenstils for things like rivers, roads and park edges, a one-sheet instruction guide, a small tablet of graph paper, a white “drawing mat” to hold the small pieces of graph paper together (dubious value; regular sized graph sheets would work far better), some golf-size colored pencils and a few “reusable” vinyl stickers to apply to the clear bricks once built. That’s it.
While he did enjoy creating a city or two, there are free iPad apps that provide far greater detail and infinite options to build and create, and this set’s entire educational aspect could easily be recreated for next to nothing by simply buying some graph paper and scrounging a few Legos from the toy box.
All in all, a real disappointment, with very little guidance or real-world practical necessities. This is just putting plastic buildings on squares and maybe adding a few basic features on graph paper around them.
Beyond these complaints, my main issue lies with the fact there is no real guidance given with the kit. There are no tutorials or guided exercises. It would have been great if there were some YouTube videos available or anything for that matter to provide some sort of starting point. Instead, you have a big, overwhelming kit of stuff to manage. The most troublesome aspect right off the bat is creating the correct sense of scale. For example, the graph mat grid lines up well with the building set but doesn't correlate well with road sizes.
Even the stencils can be frustrating to use. They are not plastic stencils you can place on top of the paper. No, they are heavy lined shapes on card stock that you have to slide UNDER the drawing surface and trace. This is tedious and frustrating. Given the cost of the set, I am not sure why they are not a true plastic tracing set.
So, instead of opening up the kit and having fun, I spent 30 minutes trying to sort out everything and apply stickers to the buildings. By that point, my child's attention began to wander. For the cost of the set, I would recommend a trip to an art supply store and buying some graph paper and stencils. It will likely be cheaper and more flexible than this kit.
But sometimes it's really nice to play with something tactile and get away from the computer. I was hoping this would be a fun and creative toy, but it falls flat. A grid base and six blank tracing sheets are included in this set that has 75 small blue plastic building pieces that snap together, some decals to put on them, three colored pencils, a sheet of stencils and a sheet of design elements.
Users are meant to tape tracing paper onto the base, design a city using the stencils, color it and then place the (deecal-ed) buildings and bridges. It's difficult to know what age group would like this. It's a lot of detailed work for little ones and not sophisticated enough for older children.
It's okay but there's nothing new as far as buildings and no genuine instruction or architectural information. I find it disingenuous that the box touts 162 pieces but 75 of them are the decals you can adhere to the building blocks. Really?
I would pay maybe a third of what they're asking for this.
My seven-year-old dove into his first design, dedicating a third of his space to oceanfront, adding a pedestrian walkway from the beach to his ballpark. He spent an hour and a half riveted, fully engaged in the concept of world creation.