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Kids First Aircraft Engineer

Kids First Aircraft Engineer

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $44.95

Join the Omega family, mom and dad, siblings, Ty and Karlie, Huxley, the building robot, and Remus, the science bear on their vacation! In the Kids First Aircraft Engineer set by Kosmos and Thames, children follow the Omega family in an attractively illustrated story that has assembly instructions built directly into it. The adventure begins when the family must build their own plane to set off on vacation; as children read through the story, they help the Omega family and their friends by building a helicopter, sea plane, propeller plane, hang glider, space plane, solar glider, biplane, triplane, and even a jet plane.

While enjoying the story and building the various vehicles, young children are introduced to basic physics vocabulary. For example, they learn about rotors and lift, pontoons, and solar panels. Additionally, the Omegas help numerous people along the way, which shows children how important it is to do so.

There are nine vehicle designs and instructions included in the storybook; however, children can use the pieces to build whatever vehicles and structures they desire. This provides excellent long-term play and learning values as well as hours of imaginative and creative play. Some constructions may require adult assistance, but even the instructions suggest allowing children to have as much independence as possible.

The set features colorful, large, and easy-to-handle pieces that even the smallest hands can easily and successfully manipulate. And, all the pieces as well as the story/instruction booklet fit neatly into a sturdy plastic bin for easy storage and/or travel.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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