GoldieBlox has been a firm favourite toy in our household ever since we first got to play with it when it was launched in the UK last summer. Being the first real engineering toy aimed mainly at girls I was always going to take a keen interest in it and I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far. We were delighted therefore to be asked to specifically review GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine as it’s probably my favourite GoldieBlox set.
The main concept behind GoldieBlox is that girls learn slightly differently from boys and as such GoldieBox features a unique story approach to getting girls to understand engineering principles and build machines using them. Each set contains a book with a story featuring Goldie and her building a machine for a specific purpose. In GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine, Goldie has been watching her dog Nacho chasing his tail round and round and she decides to make him a spinning machine so that he can twirl round all day like the ballerina in her music box.
So here’s what you get inside GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine.
Through the rhyming couplet story Goldie investigates different ways to make Nacho spin round and by the end of the story she’s managed to build a machine to spin him and her other friends. Children are encouraged to build along with Goldie and on each page there is a small separate box telling the children what to do in each stage of the build. At the end of the book there are also several other suggested builds using everything in the box – and of course children are also encourage to just come up with ideas themselves.
Little Miss C and I sat an worked our way through the book together and it was lovely to see her actually understanding the concepts as we went. When it came to actually putting the pieces together she really understood why we were doing what we were and was able to assemble most of it without any help from me. The pieces are excellently designed for little hands and don’t need too much strength to make it all go together. All the set is made to the highest quality and this is definitely a toy that will last.
Master C has also been taking a very keen interest in GoldieBlox and was very keen to have a go himself when LMC was at school. He may not be old enough to follow all the instructions yet, but he had great fun putting it all together and with a bit of help actually spinning things round.
There’s no doubt that GoldieBlox is an excellent engineering toy, and GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine is a great set that really explains the concept of a belt drive to young children and also gives them enough bits of kit that they can make some quite complex machines with it. And another beautiful thing about GoldieBlox is that you can use the pieces from all the different sets together to make an even bigger engineering creation!
Win GoldieBlox and The Spinning Machine
If you want to try GoldieBlox and The Spinning Machine for yourself then I’m delighted to say that I have a copy to give away. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what machine you could like to build and why and fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Once you’ve done that you can also unlock bonus entries – just follow the instructions. Good luck!
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Disclaimer: We were given a copy of GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.