Gears! Gears! Gears! 150 Piece Super Set Review (Learning Resources)
The Gears! Gears! Gears! Super 150 Piece Set is one of the largest sets of early construction toys for kids. There are plenty of pieces for kids to build many different gear patterns.
It’s designed for kids who enjoy creative building or as a first construction toy to encourage those skills to develop in a child. Read on to find out what this giant set offers for kids and what parents think of it.
* 150 colorful pieces
* Pieces include plastic gears, connectors and interlocking bases
* Giant storage tub
* Activity guide
* Age 4-9
Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set Review
With 150 pieces including gear wheels, connectors and interlocking bases, this set has the potential to encourage almost endless constructive play in a child who enjoys putting things together – which is most kids, both girls and boys.
It’s good for imaginative play and for keeping children playing quietly by themselves or with others. There are enough pieces that kids should be able to share without problems (note the ‘should’ there – kids are kids after all!)
Who’ll like it?
The gears come in 5 different colors and there are plenty of ideas in the Activity Guide for different constructions that you can build with them. Most kids over 4 will be able to do this by themselves once you have introduced them to the idea. The pieces are big enough that small fingers will be able to manipulate them, without being so big that they look babyish.
The manufacturer’s recommendation for the age range of this toy is 3-10. Amazon says 4-9. We think it’s best to buy it for kids aged 4-6. After the age of 6 they may still play with it but they’ll be ready to move on to more intricate construction toys as well.
Room for improvement?
If there’s one thing we’d like to see improved, it’s that there’s not much variety in the Gears Gears Gears Super Set. All of the gears are the same size. The positive side of it is that they all fit together. But this is another reason for not buying it for kids older than about 6. Bigger kids will want more of a challenge in their construction toys.
However, it’s ideal for preschool and kindergarten aged children. If a child wants more variety, you might also like to get the Gears! Gears! Gears! Under The Sea Set, a 67-piece set with many different undersea creatures that fit in with the gear constructions.
The storage bucket is useful for keeping all of the pieces together. Theoretically your child can take everything apart and put it away when he or she is done playing for the day, but in practice it’s more likely that their constructions will stay out on display for a while because kids will be so proud of them.
This is an award-winning set from Learning Resources whose Gears! Gears! Gears! sets have been popular since 1997. It’s a big favorite with kids and is great for getting siblings or other small groups of kids playing together cooperatively. Excellent value for a 4-6 year old child.
Published April 22nd, 2013