My son loves to build things, and take things apart. He likes all kinds of blocks, likes to dismember his Transformer toys and put them back together in unorthodox ways, and longs to help his daddy fix things.
When I received this Eitech Digger and Truck set in the mail to review, I was pretty sure he was going to be impressed.
I think the picture pretty much says it all.
The box said the set was for ages 8+, and so I waited until my husband was home to help us put it together. After I dumped all the pieces out, I was glad I did. Yikes. It looked a little intimidating to me. (I should mention that I'm one of those people who can't program the remote control, or my cell phone, or put together Ikea furniture without assistance...)
The kit includes instructions for two different projects, a digger, and semi truck, (although, in theory, you can build whatever you want out of the pieces included.) . L decided he wanted to make the truck.We sorted out all the pieces, and got to work as a family.
I was glad to have daddy around to help read the instructions. They consist generally of diagrams, not words, which was easy for my visual husband, but would have been a little tougher for my more word oriented self.
My son was extremely excited that the kit included real tools for him to use. He felt very grown up.
My husband and my son had a blast putting it together, in fact, I'd be hard pressed to say who enjoyed it more. Little sister even got to put the wheels on, which in her opinion was the most important part.
The kit was a total hit here. The finished product was a nice, sturdy little metal toy truck, with moving wheels, a steering wheel that turns, and a little truck bed that can be lifted to dump things out.
The kit retails for $21.99 on the Eitech website, where you'll find many other sets, ranging from very simple to extremely complex, and with a price range starting at under $10, and going on up to several hundred dollars.
With the holidays approaching, I'd totally recommend Eitech toys as a non battery operated, sturdy, hands on toy, basically the kind of gift most of us are looking for.
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Disclosure: I was provided with the above product, for free, in order to facilitate the review. No other compensation was provided, and the opinions expressed are my own.