We absolutely love K’NEX. You may have seen them on our blog before, but just in case you aren’t familiar with them, K’NEX makes awesome building sets. The sets have a bunch of rods and different connecting pieces that you can put together to make about anything you can imagine. Some of the sets also come with wheels, gears, and building bricks. The pieces are color coded which makes it easy to find exactly the piece you are looking for and easier to follow the building guides.
We recently got the chance to review the K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster and it is very cool. It comes with over 600 K’NEX pieces and over 19 feet of track and is 3 1/2 feet tall. Quite a project! It also has a motor that attaches to the chain to lift the car up and sends it on its way down the track. It is recommended for kids 9+. I think my ten year old could have built it on his own, but we made it a mom/son project.
With the number of pieces, I’d say its for more advanced builders. The instructions lead you through step by step and have photos that show exactly where the pieces go, but it definitely takes some time to put together. This is one of the things that I love about KNEX’s more advanced sets. They teach organization (it’s easier to assemble if you sort the pieces by size and color) and they teach a process. It’s great to have toys that take some work and time to assemble so kids can learn to stick with a project and get that feeling of accomplishment with the finally finish and see the result. And the result of the K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster is definitely worth it!
The other thing that I love about K’NEX is how the small pieces don’t take up much room storage-wise, but you can build huge structures with them.
Overall, this is a fun project with the usual great quality of K’NEX toys.