Disclosure: We received K’Nex Amazin’ 8 Roller Coaster for the purposes of review from Basic Fun UK. All thoughts and opinions are our own
I am always looking for activities for Bee to do that doesn’t involve screens, and K’nex is great for this. I find that it keeps her occupied creating things as there is a sense of achievement once complete. The best bit is the K’nex is great for all ages: Kid K’nex for the little ones, Core K’nex for construction creations and K’nex Architecture for the complex builders. You can see our previous post about K’nex to see what we have created so far.
We were really excited to receive the Amazin’ 8 Roller Coaster building set and get a roller coaster working!
K’nex Amazin’ 8 Roller Coaster (RRP £31.99)
- Build a real working coaster
- 448 pieces
- Motorised chain lift
- Twists and turns 76cm high
- For ages 7+
With so many pieces it can take a few hours to create the coaster. Bee was able to try to make the majority of it herself with limited help. The instructions are relatively easy to follow and are detailed. However do take your time in making it as if you get a part wrong you may end up dismantling a lot of it to get it right. That is what happened with us. Bee had got a few things wrong and I ended up dismantling most of it to start again. On that basis I would suggest working with your children and supervising.
We eventually got the motor working and the coaster moving, but unfortunately we couldn’t get it to go round the whole track. I think while dismantling it we had damaged a couple of rails ad Bee had lost some parts. So the fact it didn’t work was more due to our construction skills rather than the kit itself. You can see the coaster in action over on Scrapbook Blog.
We do love K’Nex in general and these construction sets are perfect to help encourage kids to love STEM subjects. And not just that, the are ideal to help develop hand-eye-coordination, fine motor skills, problem-solving skills and spatial awareness.
If you like the look of it then it is available to purchase from John Lewis.