As I’ve noted before, our family has shopped Timberdoodle for decades, with great results. Doing so has provided an easy way to enrich our children’s homeschool education and develop their critical thinking skills.
Timberdoodle curates some of the best STEM products on the market, of which this Fischertechnik set is a prime example. It contains instructions for 30 different projects.
The hardest part was picking which project to tackle first!
Sorting through all the tiny parts also took a little time. Beware: this kit poses a choking hazzard for children under three, so you’ll need to designate a place for your older kids to build away from the babies.
We were impressed by how sturdy the finished projects are. The pieces lock together securely, so even larger builds hold together without a problem. That fact comes in handy when it’s time to clear the kitchen table for dinner!
My kids love the fact the kit comes with motors! That means turn tables turn, cars roll, and crane arms swing with just a flip of a switch.
The directions for building are clear and easy to follow, even for reluctant readers.
In addition to cars, cranes, and turn tables, instructions are included for several different style bridges and a variety of machines.
For us, this set has been the perfect companion for the Wile E. Coyote Physical Science books I reviewed earlier this summer.
First we read about simple machines: pulleys, levers, inclined planes, and so forth. Then we get to see those same machines in action when we build the projects in our Fischertechnik kit.
Of course, the thirty projects included in this kit are just the beginning. Kids can use their imaginations to build all sorts of other contraptions. I’ve been waking up to find a new mechanical device on our kitchen table every morning!
You may purchase the Fischertechnik Mechanic & Static set as a stand-alone product. But Timberdoodle’s 8th grade curriculum kit includes this set, as well. I hope you’ll check it out!