Recently my eldest daughter has been very interested in everything science related, from our own little science experiments to astronomy and all the wonderful things she is learning about in school. I think it’s really important that children learn as much STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) as possible. So when we were asked by K’NEX to review the new Mighty Makers range I thought it would be great for my girls to try out.
The Mighty Makers range is essentially K’NEX aimed at inspiring girls, and by that I don’t mean it’s covered in pink glitter in the usual way things are aimed at girls, but in a nice, subtle and positive way in my opinion.
My girls were so excited for their Mighty Makers to arrive, my youngest had decided on the Deep Sea Dive set and her older sister chose the Inventors Clubhouse set. When they arrived and I had to collect them from the lovely neighbour that had taken them in for us, there were many shouts of joy and jumping around.
Even though it was a weekday evening we opened up the boxes and I set the girls on their way, I explained that the best way to start was to lay everything out on the floor in lines to make sure they could see which pieces they had, this took them a good half hour and then we were ready to get making. My eldest, who is only just over the recommended age herself, needed very little help and focussed on her club house model and motor car (which actually moves!) for a good few days, only taking a break for food, dance classes and sleeping. It was fascinating to watch and I was pleasantly surprised at her persistence even when some parts “just won’t fit!
As our weekend progressed our living room floor became the work space and the whole family became involved at some point, my youngest daughter did need a little help with her Deep Sea Dive set, however she really grasped the idea of reading the instructions and following them, she seemed to learn an awful lot from working on her K’NEX. Once both sets were finished we had a deep sea diver and her boat, plus the sea beneath, including marine life and the option to turn the girl, Marrisa, into a mermaid. Also a marine life food chain option or a mermaid castle. That’s the beauty of K’NEX I guess, you can make so many different things.
The Inventors Clubhouse was a really great set, once my eldest girl had completed it I was impressed with all the details, there was a pulley mechanism in one area to pull the lift up, and a zip wire that the girls, Audrey and Emily, can ride on. The idea behind the inventors club house is that the girls are the inventors and once you’ve made the car and club house you can then create their inventions, such as an egg beater, I thought that was an excellent idea.
K’NEX have always been something I have liked the look of, and have considered buying some for my girls before, but I am definitely adding more of these sets to my Christmas list for them now. I would recommend them as well. The quality of the pieces were great and are really good value for money in my opinion, they kept us all entertained for hours. The Mighty Makers sets also have other educational elements and I love teaching my girls at home, so opening up a conversation about marine biology and inventing was lovely for us.
We were sent these sets for the purpose of review.