In an effort to find more things for Gavin to do at home that does not involve the TV, I decided to get the PlanToys 60 Piece Construction Set:
I had been eying it for some time and finally took the plunge because I figured it would be something Gavin and Daddy could do together. Since Daddy had always wanted to get Gavin a toy work bench, I thought he would approve. I particularly liked this toy because it allowed Gavin to physically construct something. Most of the other work bench toys were purely for show. This toy would allow Gavin to learn the proper function of a screw driver and spanner.
On the box, it says for age 3+. I was already gearing up to get the Plan Toys extension pack – Build and Spin – for age 4+ which adds on to this set when Gavin was ready.
Unfortunately, I think Plan Toys (who have a lot of very interesting toys that I like) has overestimated the capabilities of a three year old. Gavin was very excited when he opened the box with Daddy. He even helped Daddy unpack the parts – but that was about all he did. Daddy was the one that put the toy together and said that it was challenging even for him. On the flip side, Gavin likes his “fork lift” and eagerly showed it to his god brother and sister when they came to visit. I’m not sure when Gavin will be ready to construct things on this own but I guess this will be a toy he can grow into.
It really makes me wonder who sets the ages on toys. This isn’t the first toy we’ve bought that seems to be beyond the ability of the age recommended.