Mention “building set” to most parents and they immediately think of Lego. Lego is great, but there really is more to building than snapping blocks together to build a Batmobile. K’NEX building sets take the art of building to a new level. A set such as the K’NEX Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set comes with 649 pieces and an instruction manual that will have some people wishing two of those 649 pieces are extra strength aspirins.
Knex sets have been around for a long time and there is often debate, are they fun and educational or complicated and frustrating? To test things out, we gave a couple of 10 year olds the K’Nex Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster set and had them try to put it together…while our time lapse cameras rolled.
Please watch our video review of the K’NEX Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set -
Hey Kids, Rules Are Made To Be Broken!
In doing this review I think we finally figured our why some kids find K’NEX fun and others find them frustrating. If you try to build the roller coaster exactly as shown in the instruction manual, it can be very frustrating. Put one piece in the wrong way on step 3 and when you get to step 43, you end up having to take everything apart to fix your “mistake.”
Here is the thing we learned – you don’t need to take things apart when you make a mistake. Mistakes are part of the fun! Come up with your own solutions, modify the design, think outside the manual and problem solve. All pretty good skills for kids to be learning. Most importantly, when the kids took this approach to building with K’NEX, things got a lot more fun!
It Takes The Right Mindset To Really Enjoy and Appreciate K’NEX Sets
As the video shows, building a K’Nex set is not a quick task. It takes patience and some attention to detail to put together a K’Nex set. If your kids think they are going to open the box and have a working roller coaster 10 minutes later, they will be very disappointed.
On the other hand, if the kids know that building with K’NEX takes time, but once they are done they will have a really cool working roller coaster, the kids are going to have a blast. Along the way the kids will be learning architecture, math and physic skills – but don’t tell them that!
Due to the dexterity needed to snap the pieces together, K’NEX is probably best for kids ages 10 and up.
Buy A Few K’NEX Sets And Let The Kids Go Wild
All K’NEX sets have interchangeable parts, so the more K’NEX you have, the more wild things get for the kids. Once the kids are comfortable with building with K’NEX parts, the sky is really the limit. Have the kids put away the instruction manual and just have fun building whatever they dream up!
Visit K’NEX to learn more about the Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coster Set ($39.99, Ages 9+)
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