I know you are most likely familiar with Thinkfun but are you familiar with their Maker Studio construction sets? There are three different sets: Gears, Propellers and Winches. Each set includes complete instructions for creating four different builds as well as Engineering Challenges which will encourage young makers to experiment with friction, torque, propulsion and more! These sets are designed for anyone ages seven and up who likes to create.
Thinkfun Maker Studio Propellers Set
Thinkfun recently sent us their Maker Studio Propellers Set to see what creations the kids could make. First I had them build the Windmill and the Potato Chip Chopper (two of the suggested builds) to get a feel for all the pieces and what they had to work with. I love that this set encourages using recycled items and creativity along with education and learning - a win for everyone! And then the girls came up with their own original creation, a submarine! They completely decked it out with fins, side windows with people, ladder, functional periscope and lots of fun decorations. If you have children I would definitely recommend this set. I love that it encourages young minds to think outside the box!
First, A and B made the Windmill. We didn't have chip containers or longer containers at the time so they just used a toilet paper roll!
Following the directions
Adding the final touches
Yes, it works! It would be a bit better if it were taller but it was still functional.
Posing with their finished Windmill
Close up view
Working on the Chip Chopper
Love the concentration
Close up view
Making and adding the propeller
Creating the functional periscope
Their ladder complete with people
Here you can see the periscope and ladder
Side fins were added and bubble windows with people
They liked the way it looked with three side windows.
The bubble on top, created with the top of a recyclable water bottle.
In mid creation
Top view of their finished submarine.
Top, side view of their finished submarine.
Close up view of the top
Side view of submarine
A and B with their finished fully decked out submarine!
Disclosure: Thanks so much to Thinkfun for sending us their Maker Studio Propellers Set to see what the kids could create and facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.