|Submited By: M. Weeks on 01/11/2009|
I love this toy! That being said, it is a bit complicated to put together if you want to follow the directions. The directions, by the way, are a bit difficult to see at times (colors are a little hard to distinguish). In addition, there were some discrepancies I had to address at the end right before completing the design. I have a five-year-old girl, and I had to set most of it up myself. She will play with parts, but the overall large design was way beyond her. She doesn t care, though, and she has fun with it whether it s in the full form or not.
As for me, a former teacher, I am thrilled with the potential educational lessons that this toy could teach. It s good for colors with young children, for one thing. And then, with direction, a child could really practice the basics of physics, as it shows them the whole concept of a gear, not to mention movement caused when they function together. I don t think, however, this is educational without adult direction of some kind. That is not to say that it can t be fun, as my daughter likes it just for the monkeys alone!