Here in the sixdegrees household, we are huge fans of Interplay, having reviewed the Worm World and Butterfly World previously. So when we were offered Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank to review, we jumped at the chance.
This set is a fabulous introduction to engineering; in this case, hinges. And children learn through play – the best kind of learning! It is aimed at ages 4-9 and although the image on the box leans toward girls it is definitely suitable for boys too.
Goldie is a young lady; a princess turned engineer, with a pet dog called Nacho. Nacho is particularly dirty and refuses to bathe so Goldie – with your help – builds a dunk tank so that she can wash him.
Everything you need is included in the box – no need to go hunting for anything else, other than a glass of water to dunk the dirty dog in. There is even a lovely little illustrated story to accompany the build along with a carnival scene background to bring the tale to life.
We loved this set.
The instructions are really clear and easy to follow (although a little adult supervision is required just to ensure the long and short axles are used in the correct places). And the finished products works well.
Once the construction is finished, there is a simple explanation of the hinge concept whilst giving plenty of game play, dunking Nacho.
Munchkin was delighted when he realised that there were also instructions for making other things out of the materials included.
This Goldie Blox set is compatible with all others in the Goldie Blox range and is available from Interplay and other toy retailers, for £14.99