K’NEX and Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection

This is a sponsored post from K’NEX and Team Mom who sent me a free 400 piece tub as well as the Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection to review and share my opinions with my readers. Please be sure to read to the bottom as there is a contest and I put details at the end of the review!

What Are K’Nex?

K’NEX 400 pieces tub is a flexible building system that lets your child explore and build both 2-D and 3-D models. It includes building ideas for 20 different models, a convenient storage tub and endless hours of building and playing.

The Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection lets children build and then play with their favorite Sesame Street friends, including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Ernie. With four individual sets to choose from, kids can build and rebuild over and over again. All K’NEX toys are made in the U.S.A.

K’NEX 400 Piece Tub Key Points

  • Lots of parts so kids can build & rebuild over and over again; endless hours of building and playing; not a toy they will get tired of after one use.
  • Kids are not limited to just the models in the book. They can use their imagination to build whatever they are inspired to build.
  • Storage tub makes clean-up easy. There is enough room to not only store the parts from this set but also parts from your other sets. Or, you can use the tub to store partially built model if you don’t finish it during on sitting.
  • Works with other brands, like Lego. So, if you already have Lego or other K’NEX sets in the house, you can add this set to them and expand your building system.

Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection Building Sets Key Points

  • Four individual sets that are designed to coordinate or build alone; Ice Cream Truck Building Set, Police Car Building Set, 1-2-3 Brownstone Building Set, Police Station Building Set.
  • Both the Ice Cream Truck and Police Car Building Sets come with a build-able Elmo dressed as an ice cream man or police officer. The sets include wheels so the vehicles can easily be pushed around and played with.
  • Parts are big and chunky so they are easy for small hands to use.
  • Each set comes with a Play & Learn activity sheet which features educational and fun activities designed specifically for preschoolers and their parents.

Developmental Benefits of K’NEX

  • Stimulates creativity and curiosity.
  • Physical Development: Building supports the development of hand-eye coordination.
  • Social/Emotional Development: Encourages imaginative play.
  • Language Development: Talking about what they built and created can enhance your child’s language skills.
  • Cognitive Skills: Sorting and making patterns with building parts encourages thinking & problem solving skills.

My Opinion on K’NEX Building Sets

My children love the Mega Blocks they have and building new things. My 3 year old, AJ, especially seems to learn best when interacting through play. Every child is different in my household, my oldest prefers to learn by the books and my middle child prefers to learn hands on. With K’NEX I can now work with my two sons to encourage their language development and imagination skills. I can already see my 3 year old’s mind turning while we work on building different things with K’NEX and I would have to say I am 100% satisfied with this product. The fact that the 400 piece set comes in a tub that you can store the K’NEX in is even better because in my small house the more tubs and storage bins we have that come with toys, the better!

Suggested Price K’NEX 400 pc Tub: $20.99
Age Range: 7+
Available At: Target, Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us

Suggested Price Sesame Street Neighborhood Collection Sets: $9.99-$19.99
Age Range: 2-5
Available At: Target, Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us

Make a K’NEXion Video Contest

  • Visit K’NEX online to enter for a chance to win $1,000 worth of K’NEX Building Sets and be featured on the K’NEX.com website
  • Contest runs from November 4th through December 7th, 2009.
  • To enter you simply post a video on your own blog or Web site and submit the link along with a completed entry form including your name, age, email address and phone number, visit K’NEX Official Contest Rules Page for more details.

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