Kids - Learning & Educational
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Tue Dec 28 00:00:00 MST 2010wwinder Rating:2.0
This model CAN NOT be built by a child and be an accurate model of a real working engine. However, an adult with a mechanical aptitude can figure it out without too many problems. First of all, the cam-building instructions in step 18 are incorrect and give you an engine that has one of two valves alternating open on every up stroke. On a 4:1 crank/cam ratio the cam has to be built with the (IT/Ex) lobes 90 degrees off of each other, not 180 like the instructions show/say, and the next firing cyl's (IT) lobe matching the (EX) lobe of the firing cyl before. This also means that you can't pay any attention to the letters they have stamped on the cams. But since the images for step 18 and 19 have conflicting cam orders, I don't know how you would use it in the first place. Second, the timing of the distributer isn't the same as the timing of the engine. I had to swap wires to cyl's 3 & 4 to get a firing order of 1-3-4-2. Next, my model came with two crankshaft pulleys and no fan pulley. That had to be "Jerry-Rigged" in order for it to have a working fan. Finally, the exhaust manifold snaps into the intake ports and the intake manifold snaps into the exhaust ports. Who thought of this idea? Like I said before, if you know how a engine works already you can probably figure this out without too many issues. However, if your knowledge of engines mechanics is to be developed by this model, KEEP LOOKING!!!
Wed Jan 04 00:00:00 MST 2012coaltonlevi Rating:3.0
Bought this for my 2 year old son. He doesn't quite know what to do with it - and neither do it. Do you build things? I just don't know the purpose of it.
Sun Sep 23 00:00:00 MDT 2012grandma1939 Rating:3.0
Difficult and confusing for most kids to put together for the recommended age group, but overall, a decently made product
Fri Sep 14 00:00:00 MDT 2012windprince Rating:4.0
Worked very well to get the childrens' hands off the remotes and iPhones :-)
Sat Feb 26 00:00:00 MST 2011jillandria Rating:5.0
If the child in question enjoys making messes with playful, scientific curiosity then this kit is perfect for the Einstein in them. I bought this set for each of my nephews and at least one of them wanted to play with his kit right away before his mother asked him to please not open it in the minivan.
Fri May 21 00:00:00 MDT 2010karrie38 Rating:5.0
Awesome, fun, and the kids learn a lot..Great fun for the whole family! very educational as well!!
Sat Jul 13 00:00:00 MDT 2013kathleenic52 Rating:5.0
THE DENSENESS OF THE MAT IS GREAT FOR BABIES KNEES FOR CRAWLING AROUND. NICE BRIGHT COLORS AND EASY TO MOVE AROUND
Tue Nov 29 00:00:00 MST 2011jad123 Rating:3.0
Nice gift for younger kids. Plastic is kind of lightweight and it looked very much like a toy, but a fun toy.
Fri Jun 29 00:00:00 MDT 2012bonnienky Rating:4.0
purchased for Christmas gift, think the grandkids had a good time at least once.
Tue Nov 15 00:00:00 MST 2011sooththesoul Rating:4.0
My review is based on my grandchildren telling me they liked their gift.
Sun Dec 18 00:00:00 MST 2011ovcrafty1 Rating:5.0
This was the perfect gift for my 7 yr.old grandson who loves to catch and keep 'critters.' He is still using it 2 yrs. later. Would recommend for any child or adult who wants to watch 'critters.'
Fri Dec 31 00:00:00 MST 2010debbiegio Rating:5.0
These are so adorable! At first I thought the buttons were going to be hard to operate, but it's apparently just because they were in the box. Once out of the box, each toy works well and easy to operate for little fingers. .I babysit for a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, and initially bought it for the younger girl (since she walks around the house with remotes, cell phones, any wireless electronic). I wondered if the toys would satisfy her, since kids today seem to know the real item from the obvious toys!! After finding out what a fabulous hit they were for BOTH sisters, I was so thrilled and bought another one just to avoid stress for their Mom! Seriously, very cute toys.
Wed Dec 19 00:00:00 MST 2012susan17821 Rating:5.0
I think this product is exceptional, my grandson loves it. I bought each of my grandchildren a firefly.
Thu Mar 15 00:00:00 MDT 2012maryann007 Rating:4.0
I purchased this as a Christmas present for my children and while I was hopeful for it as a learning tool, I believe they are still a little too young for it (3 & 4). In hindsight, a toy that mainly uses dry erase markers isn't the best for young children but I still give this higher stars because it has the potential to be a great learning tool. Under COMPLETE parent supervision, my children are learning to write better but if I am gone even for a minute there would be dry erase marker all over my walls.
Sun Jan 20 00:00:00 MST 2013macchu49 Rating:4.0
My grandson seems to be enjoying it so I guess it is okay.
Sun Jan 27 00:00:00 MST 2013maria2861 Rating:4.0
My grandsons are enjoying these toys. They are a good substitute for the real remote control that they like so much.
Tue Jan 08 00:00:00 MST 2013winniewinkle1 Rating:5.0
The only sad thing was i ordered for my niece's Christmas present..It arrived Jan 4.The product is perfect she loves it.Thank you.
Tue Dec 03 00:00:00 MST 2013ethans Rating:4.0
I originally bought this for my nephew (5 yrs old) to help him learn to read but upon opening it and playing with it a little, I realized that he's too old for this toy. Since the toy is listed as a "... fun children's reading book..." I thought there would be actual words on the pages - there aren't. It's less "learn to read" and more "find the picture that matches the game" Admittedly, the games are pretty cool & will likely be loads of fun for my 3 year old niece.
Sun Jan 29 00:00:00 MST 2012mmmm1313 Rating:5.0
It was fun watching the older kids work with the younger kids on this project
Sat Sep 15 00:00:00 MDT 2012missourimommy Rating:4.0
The kids received this as a gift and seem to enjoy it. They are able to do the "experiments" by themselves and like that they can eat them when finished.
There are many educational toys and games that help children learn better listening skills. Children often have difficulty developing good listening skills, and by playing educational games with your children, you can bond with them and guide their learning. Many electronic learning and educational toys encourage independent learning while still focusing on listening comprehension. By using the numerous educational games and toys available focused on listening skills, children can learn while having fun. Board games: Board games require kids to listen to a set of rules. To play, they must retain the rules they just heard. Instead of letting the kid read the rules, read the rules to them. Have them repeat the rules back. The practice of repeating and using the rules they've learned helps reinforce their ability to listen and remember. Video games: Age-appropriate educational video games work similar to videos, music and other auditory games. These games can be played alone or with others. Video games can be played on most game consoles, on computers and through many websites. To complete game tasks, kids must listen to and remember instructions. Auditory games: Games such as "Simon Says" or "Bingo" require kids to listen in order to play. If they don't listen, they can't perform tasks correctly. Children like to win games, and games that focus on another player stating steps or have an audio component to state tasks and steps will encourage kids to improve their listening skills. Play these games with your child to help make the games more fun. Books: Books can be turned into games. Read a book to a child and ask questions afterward. For every correct answer, provide some type of award. If reading to a group, turn the questions into a group game. Many books focus solely on improving listening skills, such as riddle books which require kids to listen to and remember all details before they can solve the riddle. Other books include guessing games such as "20 Questions." To guess the answer, kids must remember the answers to the 20 questions. Videos and music: Many movies, shows and songs are actually full of games. These games require children to listen carefully to perform the desired task. Typically, these tasks include saying a certain phrase or doing a certain dance or exercise move. These tasks build upon each other to develop kids' ability to remember what they've heard. View All Learning and Educational Toys Back to Guides Directory View All Learning and Educational Toys
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