One of the highlights of my day is getting the mail. The best mail days are the days when there are no bills (of course), but one thing that makes it even better is when there is a nice big box waiting on my porch, waiting for me to open it. Today was one of those mail days.
Waiting for me to open was the new Sesame Street Bert & Ernie Kid K’Nex Building Set! I was so excited to open this. I knew my son and daughter would have a blast building characters from their favorite show. And boy was I right! I barely had the box open before they were trying to tear into it, shouting “Ernie mommy, Ernie!”.
I was pleased to see that this set is for ages 2yrs to 5 yrs old. My daughter, who will be two in October, had no problem manipulating the different rods and parts to build various things. They didn’t always look like Bert and Ernie, but hey at almost 2, she did pretty good! Now my son (4yrs old), was able to follow the directions that came in the box and build Bert and Ernie perfectly.
A little info from their site (http://knex.com/sesame-street-building-sets/):
BENEFITS of Sesame Street Building Sets:
- Physical Development: Building Bert and Ernie with K’NEX supports the development of hand-eye coordination.
- Social-Emotional Development: Playing with Bert & Ernie either alone or with friends encourages imaginative play.
- Language Development: Talking about K’NEX creations with family & friends enhances your child’s language skills.
- Cognitive Development: Building with K’NEX and learning about colors can encourage thinking and problem-solving skills.
You can order the following sets from their website:
- Elmo Building Set
- Ernie Building Set
- Cookie Monster Building Set
- Oscar Building Set
- Super Grover Building Set
- Abby Cadabby Building Set
- Elmo and his Piano Building Set
- Elmo Pet Vet Building Set
- Elmo Sunny Days Building Set
- Bert & Ernie Building Set
- Cookie Monster & Hooper’s Store Building Set
Probably one of my most FAVORITE parts of this entire toy is the fact that it comes with three cards to help encourage thinking skills. There is a red card, blue card, and yellow card. On one side it asks you to build something (like a balloon) and has information about balloons and helium that fills most balloons. On the other side of the card it has one of the colors and has you (the parent) ask the child to find other colors that are the same as the color on that card.
I am very glad that K’NEX came out with a Sesame Street version of their popular toy. Sesame Street was my favorite as a child and I am glad that I am able to share that with my children (even if Mr. Snuffalufagus is no longer Big Bird’s imaginary friend)!!