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LaQ Basic Hamacron

LaQ Basic Hamacron

Spring 2009 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Yoshiritsu Co. LTD
Price: $60.00
LaQ is a Japanese product with a simple and elegant design. There are multi-colored small squares, triangles, and three types of connectors. From the seemingly limited array of shapes, an infinite number of models and designs are possible. The key is in the connectors, which offer three different angles for joints. Essentially, the set becomes sort of 3D tangrams. Working through these intricate instructions is part of the fun.

By carefully planning the use of color in each assemblage, builders can create anything imaginable, given sufficient time. Axles and wheels come with the Hamacron set, for the creation of vehicles, merry-go-rounds, and other moving models. The small pieces snap together tightly, so once a project is completed, it is surprisingly sturdy. Since the pieces are small and the carrying case is durable, the set is truly portable. LaQ rewards patience, and young builders acquire skill over time. In this enchanting introduction into plane and solid geometry, some parental involvement at the early stages can help the youngest builders.

Ann Hillers   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.

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