K’NEX Building Kits- Fun for all ages! Review {2011 Holiday Gift Guide}

Building toys are always a great gift for kids.  They inspire creativity, create endless possibilities, and give a great opportunity for interaction between parents and their children. 

K’NEX construction sets are awesome!  There are so many different K’NEX sets to choose from, for kids of all ages and interests including Sesame Street, NASCAR and Thrill Rides! 

We were sent 2 kits to review. The Monster Jam Grave Digger vs Son-Uva Digger set and the Talking Pirate Elmo building set.  My boys couldn’t wait to open up the boxes and get building with these, anxious to see what they’d be creating!

First we opened the Talking Pirate Elmo set.  This is a fun set for children ages 2+.  It features 16 large pieces.  The coolest thing about this set is that it has a piece that allows Elmo to talk!  Elmo speaks 2 phrases: “Elmo is pretending to be a pirate!” and “What kind of treasure can we find?“.  The sheet with the assembly directions also features activity ideas for you and your child while playing with Talking Pirate Elmo, as well as fun facts about pirates and their gear.

My 4 year old Erik was eager to try to build this on his own, with no help from anyone.  I knew as soon as I saw the photo directions he’d be able to do it on his own just fine!  The photo directions are large and clear.  Within 5 minutes Erik had Elmo built!

A few minutes later he took it apart and built it again, and since then has played with it and made different creations as well!

Logan, my 7 year old, was also eager to create the cool monster truck kit!  This kit has over 100 pieces, and comes with 2 K’NEXmen drivers for the finished monster trucks.  It is recommended for ages 5+.

Logan followed the photo directions pretty well, but expressed that he wished it had written directions or larger photos to be able to better understand how some of the pieces go on (especially the smaller ones).  He did a pretty good job, but after building for a bit decided he was ready for a break.  He decided to wait until the next morning when his dad could help him (it’s way more fun to do it with dad anyway)!

It was great for the two of them to have time to spend together!  One-on-one time is always great, but being the oldest of 4 kids, Logan especially loves the one-on-one time with his dad.  Logan and dad had a great time building together!

They were both impressed with the finished product, and had a great time crashing them into each other and driving over the ramps and graveyard, demolishing them!

Buy It:  You can purchase the Talking Pirate Elmo building set online for $16.99 and the Monster Jam Grave Digger vs Son-Uva Digger set online for $25.99!

K’NEX sent me the aforementioned items free of charge to help facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. These are my honest opinions on the products. Please see my terms of use for more information. A huge thank you to K’NEX for allowing us to review these fun building toys!
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  1. What an adorable set!! That looks super fun too! My nephews would love that and my son would too, but he's a bit young! 🙂 Thanks for a great review!

  2. My son LOVES K'nex! I like them too- anything that encourages imagination is a favorite of mine. 🙂

  3. How fun.. we have some of those Elmo and Cookie Monster ones, but they don't talk. Thanks for sharing!

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