I love toys like Ugears!
Why do I like them?
- They make my kids think before, during and after they create.
- They are toys for older kids. Mica still likes getting fun things, but he's growing out of many toys on the market. The sets we got from Ugears actually are for ages 14 and up.
- Their models help push STEM learning: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Except I like to add in STEAM: A = Art. Their models have it all.
- It was a bonding experience between Dad and the boys when they were built.
Ugears were so kind to send us 2 kits to review.
- Ugears Dynamometer $19.90 | 48 Pieces | Level Easy
- Ugears Tractor $29.90 | 97 Pieces | Level Intermediate
The parts are all in sheets of a high tech wood. They really do not waist on packaging. I love that these models are not plastic!
The sheets look like this:
You want to pop the pieces out evenly to prevent them from breaking. We had to correct Isaak.
Here's one of the gears in the process of being put together:
Travis loved helping the boys put these together. He's like, "I could see making sculptures like this!"
We did have some hiccups. Like how Mica thought he needed no help. He also thought he could get by without measuring things. Umm...no! I think he learned how important it is to measure with his model. He also learned that not all instructions are just like Lego. The instructions for Ugears are all pictorial.
Isaak relies on help much of the time, since he's 9 almost 10. He just learned to pop the pieces out evenly.
The instructions had no words. I think the boys wished they had some words. It's nice for the company because their models are sold in other spots around the world besides the US. Their pictures are really detailed.
I Almost Want to Keep the Left Overs:
This really turned out to be fun! Isaak did need help putting together the 48 piece set. It reminded me of something that would be in the movie Hugo.
The rubber band still could be added. Otherwise it's finished. Mica needed assistance with this 97 piece model.
Here They Are Together:
Excuse Isaak's, "The sun's in my eyes!" look, even though the sun was on the other side of the house. Ha!
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Which Ugear model do you like the most? The Tractor or the Dynamometer? What could you seeing them add to their collection? They have 35 or so models on their website.
Disclaimer: I got both Ugears Models to review. Ugears did not tell me what to write, or think of their products. I choose to write about products that fit this site.