Lego Chain Reactions Review: Science & Fun in One Toy
- Klutz manual details learning, instructions, and science
- A fun way for parents and children to learn and play together
- Can be used with your own Lego bricks or other comparable items found around the house
- Allows children to learn and play at the same time
- The manual not only teaches, but helps children develop their cognitive reading comprehension skills
- Easy to use and the creativity level is limitless
- Smaller parts may pose a choking hazard
- Some parts are made from paper and can be very fragile
How it works
The Lego Chain Reactions is the Lego brand toy on a completely new level. Lego Chain Reactions takes your Legos and gives them the power to move and create chain reactions that will inspire you and wow you as you use the included manual to create one or all of the ten machines that can be created from this kit. The kit comes with all the essentials you will need to put your Legos to work as you create machines that can toss items into a trash bin, chase household pets, and entertain your friends and family. The machines can roll, swing, drop, lift items, and turn to create fun activities and games for all who use the toy.
Children will have to use their critical thinking to put words into actions as they build the machines from scratch. Children can also work on creating several activities for the machines to do after they are built. Whether the machine rolls or tosses paper or swings or carries lightweight items, children will get to create and design the task that the machine will have to complete. All creative areas of the child’s brain will get worked out in the time they take to build their creations.
The manuals take children through the steps to read instructions and understand instructions in such a clear way that they will continue to advance further and further into the book and take on the task of building more difficult machines.
The machines kids are able to build are broken up a follows:
• Seesaw and Ramp
• Slow Spin
• Pop-up Flag and Falling Hammer
• Board Bouncer
• Pulley and Bucket
• Funnel Ramp
• Elevator Ramp
• Zigzag Ramp
Most of the names are self-explanatory as to how they work while others are named after the unique capabilities that the machine offers. Once you and your child have read through the entire book have created all the machines, you can go back and recreate your favorites over and over again.
Award Winning Toy
The other parts of the kit are fragile since they are all made out of paper especially the ramps and the bucket. The Lego Chain Reactions is best used if there are no heavy items placed on to the ramps or the more fragile parts as they can be damaged or broken. The toy is best used as a skill sharpening game of building and creating simple tasks and activities. Anything more advanced may require more durable materials and a different type or brand of game that comes with metal or heavy plastic parts that can take on heavier materials and be built to withstand harder tasks that require more advanced skills.
Younger children are more likely to rip and tear at these materials than older children. Younger children also need to have achieved a certain level of reading comprehension to read and understand the manual with the directions. A 78-page manual is a great tool for children to sit alone or with parents and read through and figure out how to put the machines together. Younger children would not have the attention span required to sit, learn, and build the machines.
The manual also does one other thing, which is indicative of Klutz manuals in that it explains the science behind how the machines work and why certain activities and tasks also work. There is a physics lesson in every step, and the Klutz manual ensures that while every child learns how to build and create advanced machines they are also understanding the hows and whys behind the mechanisms and science that help create these inventions. This type of learning makes the Lego Chain Reactions pop out and separate themselves from other toys that seem to just occupy a child’s time.
The Lego Chain Reactions educates children as well and it also allows children to work with parents in the creation of the machines. Parent supervision is always recommended for these types of toys, and parents can get involved helping younger children read through and understand the manual as well as read through and understand the lessons being taught in the manual while the parent also learns.
Some have put machines together that can follow the family pet entertaining not only the humans of the family but other family members as well. By using the ramps, string, and Lego ball, kids can launch the ball into a basket, or have it roll down several ramps into the bucket. As long as there is imagination and any number of Lego classic building bricks, kids and adults can create several fun activities that can last for hours.
There is no need to buy additional parts or search far and wide for additional items that can be added to the game. For free, you can find these items around the home or anyone’s home allowing children’s imaginations to think bigger and better with what is already around them. The Klutz manual with its detailed, clear instructions and scientific explanations is a priceless addition. It’s almost as if a textbook comes with the game that kids can keep for future reference and learning.
The creativity level of the Lego Chain Reactions has no limit, and children and adults can spend hours together building new tracks and tricks for the machines to perform. Children’s creativity is being built on several levels while they learn. The Lego Chain Reactions is more than just a toy that can be used to distract or occupy a child’s time, it also teaches and helps make difficult subjects like science and math fun.