As a Guidecraft Educator I have seen numerous review items come my way and so far this one has captured my boys’ interest the most. Guidecraft PowerClix.
We received the 52 piece set:
PowerClix TM, the 3D Building System from Guidecraft, lets you explore and build endless models with the easy click ‘n connect system. Super-strong magnetic force creates a quick connect for fast, simple and powerful 3D modeling. Build bridges, skyscrapers, animals and more. Colorful translucent plastics and unique geometric shapes and extender rods allow for open-ended, creativity-inspiring constructions. The PowerClix TM Activity Guide gives young builders step-by-step instructions on how to create a variety of models while teaching them the basics of science, construction and engineering. Ages 5+.
Retails for $79.95.
Mom’s perspective: Both of my boys were home when I received this package and at first they glanced at the product and walked away. When I laid all the pieces on the floor and started building they were semi-interested, however when I started building 3D shapes they both came running. This set comes with a booklet which has several building ideas but my boys have rarely looked at the booklet, instead they want to create their own masterpieces which I love. Here is a picture of their absolute favorite build so far (it is a roller coaster):
They also love how strong the magnets are:
There are enough pieces for two to easily share. Here is a picture of about half of the set’s different shapes and c0lors:
I have left the set out in the living room for over 3 weeks now and at least 4 times a week I see the boys playing with them. I love the team work, imagination and patience I see during each build. I do wish this set had a container for storage.
Physical Therapist’s perspective: The bright colors and magnetic features are sure to draw a child to this product. This is a great products for tactile, fine motor coordination, spatial awareness and just plain fun. I could easily see myself setting these pieces on a mat and letting the child just play with them while I focus on weight-bearing and posture in standing. The great thing is a child doesn’t even know he is “working” because he is so busy playing. Fine motor coordination and spatial awareness is practiced each time a child attaches two pieces together.