Lego has always been a favourite in our house but when K'nex appeared, it looked like fun and worth giving a go. Like Lego, I started off buying a smaller kit to make and have now worked up to buying big tubs of the stuff to allow so many more things to be made.
I paid £24.99 from Argos for our tub of K'nex, I have since worked out that it is currently on offer at Argos (£16.99) but it is still worth the £25 I paid for it. The red plastic box is similar to the Lego boxes, good sturdy thick plastic tub that can take a lot of being knocked about.
They have a warning saying this should be used by people aged 7 and over, there are numerous little parts to this, and so should be kept out of the reach of little toddlers or anyone under the age of 3. The parts of K'nex are quite sturdy too, some of our set have been bent but we have had none snap or get so badly damaged that they can't be re-used.
There are roughly 350 different pieces in the tub and this allows you to make anything from dragsters, Ferris wheels to creatures and cars. The only limit is your imagination and the ability to get it to look right. I have tried (with my son of course) to make things from my head, but they never look right and I always go back to the instruction manual. There are twenty models you can make in the manual. I love the Ferris wheel, it has been made many times but never fails to thrill me each time.
As much as I love Lego, K'nex does have that feel of proper construction somehow, possibly because they are not just clunky blocks, they are all different shapes, and size, and each have their own part to play. Although they do go together in numerous ways, they stay together very well and hold themselves in position. Demolition isn't hard either, I do find with Lego some blocks can be hard to prise apart, I have had to use teeth to get them separate, this doesn't happen with K'nex, they just pull apart very easily. Good hand to eye co-ordination builders, my son has troubles sometimes with shakes he can't control, and his hand to eye co-ordination is sometimes very off, but using these has helped him with this, he seems to not get so frustrated, maybe because he is building something. If you love Lego, you will love this. 10/10
Includes instructions and ideas for 20 models. Build dragsters, ferris wheels, dinosaurs, creatures and much more! Ages 7+.