STEM Building for Toddlers: Grippies Builders #grippies #tryazon
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My kindergartener loves to build, and my toddler loves to copy everything he does. She’s not quite ready for LEGOS, yet, so I’ve wondered what would be a suitable building set for her. I discovered Guidecraft’s Grippies Builders for toddlers through TryAzon, and I received 2 sets to demonstrate and review.
Grippies Builders is the first STEM building toy system for toddlers (18+ months). It features magnetic rods and balls that allow toddlers to build without the motor skills needed for more advanced building toys. The handles of the rods have tactile surfaces in 4 different textures. We did find that there were some minor limitations that a more advanced builder would encounter, but I don’t think that would inhibit a toddler much.
After I first introduced my children to Grippies, I was unsure about them. My 4.5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter just made a mess with them. They tossed pieces on the floor and laughed. I think my mistake was involving my son. He builds with Legos and Magnatiles, so he just saw these as big magnets. He looked for things to stick them to, and my daughter followed suit.
Once that wore off, my daughter started putting them together as long sticks, or other small creations. She builds with them more when my son isn’t around. I’m hoping that once he starts school in a couple days, she’ll be able to explore building them more without his influence on alternative uses.
To learn more about Grippies Builders, check them out on Amazon here.