Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review - Educational Insights Design and Drill Activity Center

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We just had the pleasure of reviewing another Educational Insights toy. This week, we got to try out the Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center set. My son loves tools. He is always getting into his daddy's tools and we have bought him some toy tools here and there, but there hasn't been a whole lot he could do with them on their own. This set has the tools that little kids love, plus it also has an engaging activity board to create designs with the colored bolts.

The Design & Drill set comes with a reversible power drill, a combination wrench, a screwdriver, 3 drill bits, an activity board, a ton of bolts, and 20 activity cards. The drill requires 3 AAA batteries. One of the cool things about this set is that the drill actually works to screw the bolts into the activity board. There are way more bolts than you need to fill up the entire board, and there are 5 different colors to use to either copy patterns on the cards or be creative with your own pattern or design.

My son is just about to turn three and isn't quite ready to follow the patterns on the cards, yet, but he had a blast actually screwing the bolts into the board with the drill. In fact, he had so much fun that he filled up the entire board in one sitting!

It is amazing how nice it is to have the little guy focused and occupied for a good period of time. This doesn't happen often, so we notice when it does! Plus, it was fascinating to watch him holding the drill just like his daddy! Once the board was full, he practiced pulling a few of the bolts out with the screwdriver and then with the drill, but decided that was not nearly as much fun as putting them in.

I handed the board over to hubby and had him pull all the bolts out while he was watching football. Then the little guy had fun putting a bunch of bolts in again. I love that this is a creative toy, yet the mess is minimal. I would just recommend making sure everything gets returned to the box once it is done being played with, because losing the drill bits could spoil the fun.

The Design and Drill Activity Center is a fun toy for the younger child who loves tools, especially power tools, and enjoys a sense of accomplishment by simply screwing the bolts to the board.

This toy can also accommodate higher skill levels and older children when they are able to follow the cards and recreate the pattern on the board or design their own pattern. I'm really looking forward to this toy growing with my little guy as he gets a little older and starts to gets even more creative.

So far we have pulled this toy out several times. It has been great fun and I think it would make a great gift. There is also the Educational Insights Design and Drill Socket to Me which is a great companion toy, that we will be reviewing next! My mini-handyman can't wait!

* I received this toy in order to facilitate my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. This is so neat. I have never seen a toy like this. This could mean hours of educational playing for your little one. Thank you for sharing


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