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Encourage Your Children's Imaginations With Models

Aug 17, 2007
Children love to build (it's the basic reason as to why Legos are so popular). To expend your child's creativity and imagination, try to encourage them to build models! Between all the different ways to build, it is easy to find at least one toy, which will spark interest in virtually any child. A few different types of model-building toys are erector sets, coolblox, Gears! Gears! Gears!, and K'NEX.

Erector sets first hit the market made with mostly small metal beams with holes. These holes were on the beams with the intent for you to insert bolts, screws, nuts, and other connectors supplied with the set. With these sets, you could create gears and pulleys and other great creations. Nowadays, however, there is an even wider variety of options! For example: model trains, experimentation kits, microscopes, and chemistry sets, to name a few. Beyond that, you can get sets capable of building various models (such as a motorcycle or an ATV).

Coolbloxs are soft, colorful, interlocking blocks. They are fun building toys for kids of all ages. Easy to pieces together, these blocks can be used to make a plethora of interesting shapes and designs. Pictures and instructions are included with the kit, but you imagination can get you just as far, if not further!

With another type of toy, Gears! Gears! Gears!, your child can create three-dimensional fun, as the connectors can be configured in many ways. This fun toy includes interlocking bases with a variety of plastic gears. It also comes with a guide and a giant storage tub in a basic set. You may also purchase add-ons to keep the fun rolling.

K'NEX was invented by a person who was bored at a wedding reception. Sitting at the table, an interesting and unique model was soon created from straws. This product comes with a booklet which is sectioned into difficulty levels, so that it appeals to many different age groups. It is also compatible with a variety of add-ons. For instance, you can purchase a racing set, safari set, or even a flying set! Some sets are intended for basic design others have seemingly limitless options. The K'NEX 50 Model Building set, which can create 50 different models, is an example of a set with seemingly limitless options. The models, which can be created range from creatures to moving machines! Although, of course, your imagination can make limitless creations under a good set of K'NEX.

Models help your child expend their mind and reach endless limits of creativity. Building models teaches hand-eye coordination, and helps your child learn how to follow instructions, plan ahead, and think critically. All while having fun!
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Toy and Hobby Shop at http://www.toylandhobbyshop.com
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