Reviewed by Wendy
What it is: [Amazon Product Description] LEGO Chain Reactions is packed full of ideas, instructions, and inspiration for 10 LEGO machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. Each machine alone is awesome, but put them together and you get incredible chain reactions. Then, combine the machines in any order you like to create your own chain reactions. Our team of experts worked with educators and 11-year-olds to invent the machines, then wrote a book that teaches the skills (and some of the physics behind the fun) kids need to create their own amazing chain reaction machines.
Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning; visual processing; attention; motor skills
What I Love: I bought this for my son for his ninth birthday. He loves to build things—especially things that DO something. The book comes with 33 Lego pieces, 6 plastic balls, string, paper ramps, funnels and other components and gives difficulty rates (i.e., easy, medium, advanced) for suggested “machines.” These are cause-and-effect projects; think ramps, dominoes and seesaws. It’s recommended for ages 8 and up, but I think it really depends on the child. Kids who play with Legos frequently might be able to do some of these at ages 6 or 7 with a little help from a parent. The book is 80 pages, so I consider it a great buy and my son loved it!
What I Would Change: Maybe make the balls a bit weightier