My almost three year old LOVES this drill set. His 5 year old sister likes to create some of the patterns in the book provided, and he does more free play with them. The different shapes and colors are great for creativity building. The carrying case is a little hard to fit everything in, I suppose because it has so much goodness crammed inside, so clean up requires adult help. While this is a favorite toy at home, we bring this out to places where we will be waiting for a while. The kids can dump everything out, and the pieces are big enough that we don't lose anything.
The advertised "Precision ABEC bearings", is misleading, the ABEC is a rating system of 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9, the higher the number, the smoother and easier the ride, you use less energy to propel and maintain movement, simply being "ABEC" does not mean it is high quality, the wheels come with ABEC 3, that equal to a quality rating of 2/5 and they are cheap versions at that, replace them with no less than ABEC 7 or ABEC 9, The wheels have a low rating on the hardness level, probably in the 70's, the durometer or hardness rating does NOT suggest quality, the lower number/softer the wheel the better the grip and they are also fairly wide, better for beginers and/or outdoor skating, if you are an experienced skater and are going to be doing rink skating only , I recomend the 90's or higher and a slimmer wheel, around 54mm to 62mm height, but 32mm width, experienced skaters will have far better control, a quality set of 8 "54mm*32mm" or "62mm*32mm" wheels are pretty inexpensive, but a quality set of 8 or 16 ABEC 7 to 9 bearings can cost in the $30's-$40's +/-, other than that, the skates are great for the begining skater or the once in a while experienced skater and much safer than the rental skates at rinks, other than the suggestions about the bearings and wheels, the Chicago deluxe edition seems to be a good skate at a great value, (just for reassurance, the Chicago Skates company has been in business since 1905 and are famous for the for their moderate to high quality products.) have fun :)
My grandson loves this and keeps him occupied for hrs. My daughter is so happy since they will be driving from FL to Chicago at Christmas and she said this will keep him busy all the way.
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