Much to H’s annoyance we aren’t doing as many toy reviews as we once were on the blog. To some extent this does reflect the reality of H’s life as he is moving onto other interests, but he still likes a good toy. Over the years one of the main types of toy he has been interested in is construction based toys. He loves figuring how to build something or to use simple engineering techniques to achieve movement. It’s no exaggeration to say that he still plays with this sort of toy pretty much every day. I’m certainly encouraging it because I think construction toys are a great way of learning in a fun way and it’s a much better option than more screen time.
We were sent the Ravensburger GraviTrax Starter Set, RRP £49.99, to review. GraviTrax uses the power of gravity and prides itself on its STEM system (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It’s a fun way to teach children gravity, magnetism and kinetic energy, in fact we have had a few conversations about the science of it and I’m wishing my knowledge of physics was a little more up to date. The marbles used by the set so allowing the magnetic features to work.
The set comes with instructions and blueprints to help you create your circuits and that’s a great way to get started. H recreated a few of these before moving on to make his own set ups and that’s key for him if he’s to have lasting enjoyment from a toy. The starter set comes with 4 card bases and 2 transparent levels which create the basis for your track. The rails, intersection bases and vertical tiles allow you to complex tracks. As well as that there are some specialist pieces that add interest to your circuits like switches and base inserts. All in all the starter set comes with over 100 components and offers everything you need to get started right away. You can certainly create some really interesting tracks with this set, but you can also buy extension packs to extent your range.
H has already played with this for several hours and I can see him having a lot of fun creating ever more elaborate circuits. A great toy for an older child or a budding engineer.