CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
TOMY Gearation Building Toy
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- Time To Imagine
- 11 Brightly Colored Turning, Rotating, Goofy Gears
- Board Has Magnetic Surface
- Watch Gears As They Spin, Whirl, Flip And Turn
- Arrange Them Any Way You Like
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We love this engineering toy for preschoolers. The Gearation Activity Set lets kids assemble clicking, whirring, googly-eyed machines all by themselves. Eleven colorful plastic gears adhere magnetically to an easel, each with a special trick: whirling, spinning, flipping or turning.
With its ingenious design, the Gearation Activity Set lets preschoolers assemble clicking, whirring, googly-eyed machines all by themselves. Eleven colorful plastic gears adhere magnetically to a 14-by-16-inch easel, so kids are free to arrange them in any order they can dream up. The gear in the center powers the whole contraption. The various gears (each measuring from 1 to 3 inches across) all do something different, whether it's making a noise or just turning a brightly colored arm, and kids can control the gear speeds with fat, easy-to-grab switches. And since all the parts are cleverly connected by magnets, you don't have to worry about the motor burning out. --Paul HughesSee all Product description
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We liked that the gears' teeth are smaller than some of the other play gear sets, giving this one less of a "little kid toy" look. Our toddler, like most, is drawn to things that aren't toys first and foremost. The magnets are strong enough to keep the gears where they need to be, but even a small child can still easily nudge one across the metal surface to mesh the gears.
All is not perfect, though. The gear with the rotating arm sometimes touches other gears instead of gliding over them, making the gears stick and stop rotating. The gear that has a sold-colored cutout top with the teeth that spins over a fixed base with a colorful sticker has a similar problem. It's a mid-sized gear and the principle is good, but the execution is lacking. The cover wobbles sometimes, making the gears stop spinning and the motor click painfully. (Poor motor.) Then the kid (or you) has to figure out which gear is causing the problem, interrupting play. Or enhancing problem-solving, if you want to think about it that way.
The powered backer board is a good idea, but with the batteries, it's very large and heavy for even a tall two-year-old. It's in the closet until he's bigger, but by then I doubt he'll be playing with this toy anymore, unless Tomy comes out with new gear expansion sets. If you're buying this for an older child, I think you'll get more use out of the board than we have.
Bottom line: If your kid likes the Gearation refrigerator set, you MUST HAVE this set, too, so you'll have a respectable number of gears for play. Be aware that each of the four non-powered gears in the refrigerator set is duplicated in this set, though they have different decals.
Cons: its noisy especially at the slow setting, and my son liked it on, so even if we switched it off, he would walk over and switch it on even if he was not playing with it right then. Get rechargeable batteries!
The pieces turn up all over the place!
Its started making a grating noise at some point, louder even than the usual whine. The noise went away mysteriously after a couple of days. It quit working after 6 months. So the 4 stars on durability. Not too bad given the price and tough usage it had been put through.
There is NO other toy like this one. Nothing out there that does what this does. Now, my 1 year old and now 5 year old play with it still. Talk about durable! My year old is sitting on at as I type this. I think she hopes she will spin like the gears. :-)
Children love to connect the pieces and watch each one do their unique thing, flip flop, ding a bell, clickety sounds, spin around, move side to side etc. The best thing... it takes up little space and there are no small parts to worry about. I love playing with it and I'm in my 30's.
I personally love it, think it's cool as everything, but it's not for me :)
One thing I AM surprised at is the durability. My 2 year old will just yank the control button back and forth forcefully from reverse to fwd, and the thing still works. I kind of cringe, thinking of a fwd/reverse gear and how bad that would be, but it appears the designers knew kids would do this.
Could just be a thing with my kids (both girls) interests at their particular stages, but definitely not one of their favorites.
We bought in the hopes of this being a good "airplane trip" toy, but 1. it's too big (there is a smaller version I think) and 2. not enough long term interest holding potential (at least for my kids).
I think this is a big YMMV toy. If your kids like building, and legos and blocks and such, they would probably love this. If they are more the reading, music, pretend type, maybe not so much.
Quality, construction and concept are all great imo, but I have to give three stars based on my kids reaction. I would actually like to give it 3.5 because I think it's better than just average.