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Timberworks Toys

Timberworks Toys

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Timberworks Toys
Price: $399.00

Timberworks Toys is an American made building set that is designed to last a lifetime. The King set comes with 98 pieces of hard maple timbers as well as four wheels. The pieces of wood include three, six, and twelve inch timbers, roof and bridge panels, triangle gables, square connectors, and hook and loop Ts. The types of things you can make are endless but include log cabins, airplanes, a covered bridge, and a car. My testers made all sorts of houses as well as things that moved using the wheels. One day their dolls were sitting in a log cabin, the next day they were riding on a train. The set comes with a large number of pieces that really foster your child's creativity. The sets are perfect for schools emphasizing hands on learning, such as Montessori schools, as the company provides lesson plans on how to pair the toys with educational goals. Examples include an American History lesson plan about pioneer log cabins as well as a lesson plan regarding planes (where teachers are instructed to discuss Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers). Overall, this is an exceptionally well made building set that will foster every child's imagination. While they are expensive, they are made to last and could easily withstand generations of play.

Karena Rush, Ph. D.   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Karena Rush is a professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. Karena has two young daughters and spends most of her free time outdoors with her family and old English sheepdog.

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