Monday, November 14, 2011

Thames & Kosmos - Heck Of A Holiday Review and Giveaway

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Logan and Adam like to build and construct.  The boys are alsways so proud of the things they construct when assembling from a kit.  I like that  it gives them focus and helps teach them patience.   Thames & Kosmos is a company that offers technology and science kits for children of all ages.  Being able to try one of their kits was exciting for me and the boys.

The Remote Control Machines construction kit includes 182 building pieces and assembly instruction for ten different vehicles.  With it, you are able to build motorized vehicles and control them with a wireless remote control unit.  A unique six button infared remote allows you to control three different motors simultaneously, moving each of them forward or in reverse, with touch sensors.  With the three motors, you can combine them to make complex vehicles or use them separately for a more basic vehicle.  The kit comes with three motors, remote control unit, battery holder, and building blocks.  The 48-page color instruction book gives illustrated step-by-step instructions.  Some of the creations that can be assembled are a car, a crane, a bulldozer, and more. 

The Remote Control Machines kit became somewhat of a family project for us.  Me or my husband would sit down with and supervise the boys while they worked on it, to help guide them and give direction.  There are several small pieces so we first started out by sorting them and putting them in a Ziploc bag and labeling them.  From there, Logan and Adam decided which vehicle they wanted to create first.  The illustrated instructions were helpful in showing where each piece needed to go.  Watching the determination and focus on the kids' faces as they worked towards a completed goal was uplifting.  Building the projects with my husband, an automotive technician, gave him an opportunity to talk about each piece and how they fit into the equation.  For example, he told the boys what sprockets, axles, and chain units were when it came time to put them together.  It took longest to create the first piece, a crane, because we had to figure it all out.  The second, a car, was easier because we had already learned from our first mistakes. 

This construction set does take patience and some skill, but the end result is worth it.  Once the vehicles were constructed, the boys were able to control them by remote.  By using the touch pad, they were able to lower or lift the arm of the crane and it swiveled around.  The boys were amazed at their finished creations and what they could do with them.  It's not just a kit; it's something that one can build with from their own hands and be able to use. 

I recommend that you keep a close eye on the pieces when building, as they are somewhat small and could easily get lost. I also recommend that the age guidelines be followed on theconstruction set due to the

small pieces and involvement needed to construct the machines.  So far, Logan and Adam have only constructed the crane and car.  They are eager to keep making vehicles with the kit and play with them as well.

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41 comments:

Lauren said...

I would love to try the Dinosaur Fossils kit!

Bobbie Mackey said...

think we would like the balloon physics kit.

Sara said...

I could see my son having a blast with the cars and gears kit.

Elaine said...

The Space Exploration kit

Ada said...

I like the dinosaur kit

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Sarai said...

I would like to get the Spce Exploration kit. My son would love it

tammy said...

wind power would be great for my daughter

Judy said...

My grandson would love the Dinosaurs & Fossils.

Thanks for giveaway.

Judy
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Me said...

My daughter would LOVE the balloon physics...

Amy Hollingsworth
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jbmthill said...

my 2 teenage sons would love the electronics workshop 2, advanced electronics.

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BethElderton said...

The Solar Power Plus kit would be so instructive.
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Jasmyn said...

The Solar Power kit looks fun.

Stacy said...

The Solar Power Plus Kit!

sablelexi said...

i would love to try the Optical Science & Art kit. So cool.

Jennelle S

Jessica Snook said...

I'd like to try the Electronics Workshop 2.

rubynreba said...

I like Space Exploration.

Joyce Mlinek said...

I think my grandson would enjoy the Solar Power Plus kit.
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Shannon said...

I like the intro to engineering set

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BusyWorkingMama said...

the candy factory kit looks fun

Anne N. said...

would love to try the elastic power kit.

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I would like the Elastic Power kit for my son.

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VICKY LESTER said...

Id like the chem c1000 set

Heather! said...

The Geology, Mineralogy and Crystal Growing sounds like it would be great fun, and of particular interest to my rock-lovin' kid!

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Amanda Hammock said...

Grow Luminous Crystals Kit. My eight year old loves crystals!

Amy_M said...

The Human Body lab.

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Catie said...

I like the Wind Power kit!

Niecey said...

Weather Science

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Alexis AKA MOM said...

Stepping Into Science

sweetpea08 said...

I would like to try the Cranes & Pulleys Kits

Unorthodox Mom said...

My son would like the space exploration kit.
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Michelle S. said...

would like the Bubble Science Kit

Frugal in Ohio said...

Love to try the Genetics & DNA

ape2016 said...

glowing crystals or solar cooking

janetfaye said...

I would like Crystals, Rocks & Minerals.

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carla aldrich said...

Astronomy, Air & Space
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Patty White said...

I like the Candy Factory!!

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Tabitha said...

i like the air + water
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christopher sorel said...

kids would like the Dinosaurs & Fossils.

Amy W. said...

I would like the Chemistry C500 set. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

bettycd said...

I'd like the Solar Power PLUS kit

coriwestphal said...

I know my kids would have fun with the recycled paper press!

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