Who hasn’t played with Tinkertoys before? You probably have and I did growing up too. We have some of the old wooden Tinkertoy sets that we bought for Nathan when he was younger. He’s played with them for hours, particularly when he was around 5-6 years old.
Tinkertoys have now been remade by K’NEX and they’re plastic now. Honestly, I was a little hesitant at first – I’m a firm believer in the old stuff being good stuff and changing it up? Well I didn’t know how it would turn out.
The Tinkertoy Transit Building Set is recommended for ages 3 and up and has 150 pieces. The set was a little bigger than I expected, with more pieces, which was nice.
The pieces are bright and colorful and include spools, straight rods, bendable rods, wheels, eyes, two buildable figures, and more. The set comes with building directions for 15 different designs. I love sets like this because it encourages kids to follow directions but at the same time, they can change it up and use their imagination.
All four of my children wanted to play with their new Tinkertoy set. And there were plenty of pieces for them to each build their own things. Of course, Joshua wanted all of the round wheels, so I had to set the timer so they would take turns.
The Tinkertoy Transit Building Set is a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing what each of the kids made at their own level.
Luke made these little things all by himself:
And Joshua sorted the different colors (which was great as we’re working on the names of colors with him) and even making patterns. I was impressed with this tower he made on his own:
Emily made a funny loopy toy with the bendable rod.
And Nathan enjoyed following the directions and built a crane.
I was pleasantly surprised by the new Tinkertoy set. Yes, they are different from the old version, but that’s okay. There’s some cool new options that you didn’t get before – like the characters and the bendable pieces.
I would definitely recommend the Tinkertoy Transit Building set. It’s a great way for kids to use their imagination and building skills and will provide hours of fun. My children spent the better part of an afternoon playing together!
You can find the Tinkertoy Transit Building Set at stores nationwide and online at K’NEX and Amazon