Product Type: ELC Construction Toy
Newest Review: ... a great one although not particularly the brand. This toy is available at both ELC and Mother Care for £22. They do also sell an extensi... more
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ELC Extreme Marble Madness
Member Name: cloud99
ELC Extreme Marble Madness
Advantages: Loved by my son
Disadvantages: Not as sturdy as other brands
The game contains four bases and a combination of small circular tubes and a variety of pipes. The pipes are in various colours and designs. There is a loop the loop plunge pool and twisting slides.
I tested it out for the first time while my son was in bed firstly so I knew what I was doing but also for the reminiscing factor. I copied the image on the box and despite not been three years old I still struggled. Due to my own frustration I put it away for a while before I felt I had the patience to suggest we had a play with it.
For my son it was a toy of love at first sight .He immediately tipped the components all over the floor. He did initially need help to understand which was the base but been a boy was soon was assembling high towers. He did test it each time he put a new piece on and we now have a repetitive song which is simply check it out over and over again. I found through him playing that it didn't have to be as structured as I first thought. While some designs may mean that some tubes are not used during a marble fall this is not important.
My son is four and He mostly builds in towers using only two bases and so can get frustrated then when it falls down. The pieces do simply do attach to each other. I have read many complaints about how they fall apart but I find if built in a structure of four these don't tend to fall apart.
The great thing with this toy is how much the boys love it he has a friend six months older and six months younger and each time they come to play at our house it is the first toy they want to play with.
This toy is great for fine motor skills. Helped think through problem solving and structure and also we do a lot of counting with the marbles and share equal numbers. We have races to get our marbles to reach the bottom first so this game is about more than a construction set.
My only real complaint about this product is that it is a bit over designed. I think a simpler model with less different design shoots would be sturdier.
This toy is not recommended for children under the age of 36 months old due to small parts. I have taken a different toy off my son as I walked in the lounge with a mouth full of marbles when he was around four so I would seriously consider talking to children about the dangers of marbles as I have now had to do with my son but would also advise you follow the age recommendations. I also think that at a younger age they would struggle to fit the sections together and would frequently topple over.
I have seen other marble run games on Amazon that do look far sturdier and easier to build and cheaper so would recommend this style of toy is a great one although not particularly the brand.
This toy is available at both ELC and Mother Care for £22. They do also sell an extension set for £10 but to be honest I really do not think that it is really necessary.
This does seem to appeal to my son and his friends that are boys rather than the girls. I do think there are better products out there and this isn't what I usually expect from ELC. From my son's and his friends' perspective it is a great toy and one that has had plenty play. I do think every household with a young school child should have a marble run but maybe not this one.
Note The ELC no longer make the electronic version but Doyoo have asked me to put it in this catagory.
Summary: A good toy but better brands available
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