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We bought this for our 4 year old son last year. We were trying to find something that would keep him emtertained in the same way his marble run did and thought that cogs and construction was the way to go.
We chose this specific set simply for the monkeys as the idea of it seemed like it would really appeal to our 4 year old. There is a specific way to set up this toy a shown in the instructions but it is also open ended and can be altered and put together differently using some or all of the pieces. If used in conjunction with other gears sets it also gives a wider scope for creativity.
Our boy does use the set although it was tricky for him to put together without adult support so I believe he was a bit young. Now he is 5 he happily plays with it on his own and with his older brother creating different scenes.
On the downside I expected the cogs themselves to be a variety of different sizes to increase the learning potential but they are all umiform size. Their colourful eyecatching colours and stickers make them attractive though but the stickers peel off easily which is annoying.
On the whole this is a great toy for a developing child but one that they will grow into. It teaches scentific concepts of cause and effect watching the cogs turn and the monkeys subsequently spiralling through the trees when the handle is turned. The marble run is still favourite in our house though!
"Ages 4-7; There's nothing like monkeying around to get creativity flowing! In this jungle-themed set, monkeys fly through the palm trees by their tails, then spin, twist and turn. Colorful set features plastic gears, crank, connectors and base plates for endless building possibilities. Kids develop their own ""gears jungle"" or use the easy-to-follow instructions. Includes 136 pieces."