Thursday, January 20, 2011

Guidecraft Construct-It Early Building Set: A Review and Giveaway

Christmas is over.  Hopefully most of your decorations are put away.  Maybe even some of the new toys are hidden, only to emerge at a later date when the February doldrums sets in and young bodies are anxious to be busy. 

I tried as long as I could to hide a certain building toy set sent to us by Guidecraft. 


No, let me take that back.  I actually had it “stored” in our family room for a long, long, long time.  I wanted the boys to get super-duper curious. 

It worked.

On a particularly boring day (for them), due to the fact that I had to devote more attention to Naomi, I unveiled unpacked the Construct It Early Builder Set.

Why were they so curious?  Well . . . imagine a boy suddenly acquiring 160 pieces to build as many machines and toys as his imagination will allow.  In our house, if it has a hammer, pliers, and a screwdriver . . . it is sure to be a hit.  (Not to mention the fact that this toy is geared toward ages 4 and up.  Yup, we got a few of those walking around our house.)

They were enticed to build this . . .


and this . . .

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What does a 6 year old do with this toy?

He treats it like a set of Lego's.  Except he can build more useful things.

But a 6 year old who is used to following step-by-step instructions becomes frustrated when those instructions are NOT included.  He has to look at a picture and somehow figure out what pieces to use to mirror the aforesaid object.

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I, personally, don’t have a problem with the lack of instructions.  I think it is good practice to employ problem solving skills.  But it was a little hard to convince a certain 6 year old that there is value in working through something difficult to create something useful.

What does a 4 year old do with this toy?

He mainly watched his brother.  Smart little tyke.  He wanted Asher to construct the toy, and then he would play with it. 

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But he could (for school or for play-time with mommy)

  • sort colors
  • sort shapes
  • follow my step-by-step instructions to create something

What does a 2 year old do with this toy? 

He looks at it.


He tries to figure out what on earth his brothers built.


He takes his brothers’ creations apart.

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What else could he do with this toy?

  • refine his fine motor skills by dropping dried spaghetti through the holes
  • pound the pegs through the base rectangles with the supplied hammer
  • experiment and see what pieces fit through a paper towel tube

And what will brothers do when they play with the Construct-It Early Builder set?

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They will turn a laundry basket into a boat.  Underneath the basket you will find a blue blanket that is actually water.  And with the Construct-It Early Builder set, they will attach the blanket to the basket so that they can pretend to be the captain of a pirate ship.

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Looks like the Construct-It Early Builder set must be an open-ended toy.  I like that.

And if you like that . . . head on over to Mama Jenn’s to win this very set!  Giveaway ends January 21st! 

And if you don’t win the giveaway, , you can head over to the Guidecraft website OR purchase the Construct-It Early Building set through Amazon!

As a Guidecraft Mom blogger, this product was given to me for review purposes. I do not have to return the product to the vendor and I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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