Brooks the Builder

   I’m excited to share on the blog that I’ve been selected to be a part of the Lakeshore Learning Ready, Set, Summer Ambassador program!

gear builders

As a part of the program, Brooks got sent some pretty awesome toys to test out for the summer. And when I say toys, I mean high quality educational products that are easily passed off as ‘toys’ to the little ones, but I enjoy the fact that he’s totally learning as he is getting his play on!

gear turning

The first toy we got to try out is the Lakeshore Gear Builder – Starter Set. I was a little nervous when picking this one out because it’s a bit of an older toy for a 17 month old little man. The suggested age for the toy is 3-8 years but I’m more into picking out toys that can really grow with my little guy, as opposed to using it for a short time and then not being interested in it anymore because it wasn’t challenging enough.

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Also, I’ve mentioned this before but we live in the city so storage is always an issue. I try to make a point to only have things in our house that won’t overly clutter our living areas. And we only have as many toys that fit into the toy box at the end of the day.

Not sure how that’s going to fly when #2 comes along, but I’m going to try my hardest to keep everything as organized as it can be with two under 2!

gears

But back to the Gear Builders! This toy is amazing because the little ones can create, arrange and explore the motion of gears with these fascinating builders! It features a 95-piece set that comes with interlocking bases and tons of colorful gears…plus connectors and a handled crank so children can build unique moving constructions that are different every time!

starter set

Brooks is at a fun age where he loves to figure out how things work and move – and to be honest, this is a toy that Charles and I enjoy playing with him too. It’s just the starter set but it comes with so many pieces and the coolest part is, you can build the gears up and all around!

towers

Brooks loves fitting the gears into each other and turning the lever to make everything move. It’s fun to watch him build, with a little help of course. But for under $30 this is an awesome gift for a kid of any age that they can easily grow with.

 I will say that there are a few connector pieces that are a little small but I usually keep those separate and right now I’m the only one who has access to them {except for these photographs} but other than that it really is a great toy for any little one working on his motor skills, and especially any little one who loves to watch things move!

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For more ideas of some pretty cool {free} summer activities, check out the Summer Learning Hub and if you want to check out some of the awesome gear for your littles, use this 20% off coupon (expires 8/31/15)


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  • Reply Patty O July 5, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Brooks seems to be loving this gear toy – what a great toy challenge for him!

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