I bought this for my four year old son, who is forever into junk modelling. He loves watching me on DIY projects and I thought this would be the ideal introduction for him into the world of mechanics. The parts are all easily handled by a young child and the tools are very chunky. He loves to sit with me as we make our own projects. The set comes with instructions to make things like racing cars and forklift trucks. I would recommend this to anyone who has a young budding engineer in the family, who likes to get hands-on. It's not one of those toys that just gets thrown in the corner. We go back to it time and again to make our own inventions. It's one of those things you can rely on for a bored child to get them away from the tv or smartphone screen and really spend some quality time with them.
I don't know how many of you remember Meccano from years ago now, but I remember playing with my dad's meccano when I was younger and used to love it. Meccano was the predecessor of lego really and was great fun to construct and really helped you understand the mechanics of building something as it wasn't just slotting bricks together but involved screwing metal parts together and the use of bolts etc.
When I saw this Mecanno easy box earlier in the year I thought I would get it as my oldest son is about 5 years old now and thought it would a great little starter set for him to get to grips with. It cost around £19.99 and he loves it I'm glad to say.
This set really fits the sort of thing you would associate with meccano in general in that it comes in it's own little toolbox like a builder or workman would carry around and arouses the interest of your child from the start as they carry this around with them. Packaging can be so important with any product trying to appeal to kids and this has done a good job.
The toolbox is plastic and it has three seperate compartments in it. In addition it comes with a great little instruction book that is easy enough for a young child to understand but also keeps the interest going enough to make it a little challenging too. It has easy to follow detailed pictures that you can follow and tells you which colour parts you need for certain parts of the construction. My son loves trying to figure out which bits screw to others and make things.
Also included in this set are all the basic tools you need like a spanner, screwdriver and each screw has a different colour that can be associated with that's in the book.
I would recommend this to any parent who wants their child to get involved in building things and actively constructing parts. It's great to get them to learn how to build and they have great fun while doing it. Much better than just sitting in front of the TV.
I bought this in the boots glitch last year so it only actually cost me £3.63 when it should have cost me £19.99. I wouldn't have bought it at the full price, maybe half price, I'm not sure. Only because I wasn't sure whether it would be something my 6 year old would be interested in or whether it would be too hard for him to do.
It comes in its own 'toolbox' type box which he loves and there are two bits of plastic that slot into the box to make it have three compartments. It also has a great instructions book with easy to follow detailed pictures that children can follow. Each part of the instruction tells you in colour what parts you will need. My son absolutely loved being able to read the instructions and get the right parts and he could also (by the end of one try) see how the diagrams were telling him how to fix them together. Included also is a spanner, screwdriver with a triangle shaped edge that fits nicely into the screws/ Each screw and fixings are colour coded so easy to see which one is needed. The shapes of the other fittings are easy to see what is what, as I say my son was so proud that he could find the right part for the job.
It is made from soft plastic and so perfect for his age and a great introduction to the real meccano should he be interested later on. It would be impossible to break and the creations could be endless. Once we had made our first model my son was so impressed and he keeps going up to it saying we made that didn't we mum? Very proud boy :)
This first easy box is aimed at 4 -7 years and the box 2 (orange box) is for 8+ which is slightly harder.
It does say you can build 10 models but ridiculously it only shows you how to make 5 of them, what is the point of that? Why dont they show you how to make them all?
It could be difficult for the younger ones and sometimes they don't screw tight enough (even I couldn't do one tight enough?) and they could be fiddly for some little fingers but thats the joy of meccano I guess.
I got the Meccano Easy Box off Amazon for just under £15 the other day and I'm really pleased with it. For a brand name toy complete with it's own little storage box, I think the value for money is excellent.
You open up the box by undoing a latch on the lid and sliding the sides out in the same way you would do a tool box. Inside there are three compartments thanks to two removable slides which makes this an easy toy to store and use.
This is for ages four years and over so our grandson is just the right age for this and he was thrilled with it. There are loads of "grown up" bits in here like a screwdriver, a spanner, nuts, bolts and washers as well as traditional Meccano style pieces with pre-drilled holes in them.
What makes this different to traditional Meccano is that it's bigger for starters. It's not baby-sized big but it's four to seven year old big. As in they have something substantial to grasp that's also small enough to be challenging and require an element of skill. The bright colours and softer plastic make this different from traditional hard metal Meccano too.
Our grandson has had loads of fun with this toy set already. What's great about it is that it's really challenging for him and he has to pay attention to adult direction and instruction to achieve anything with it. I know that sounds a bit harsh for a four year old but I do think it's an important life skill to have and one he'll need for school. He's really proud of himself when he's paid attention long enough to put together one of the models too.
I think this is an excellent toy that was worth every penny. I highly recommend it for all budding engineers.
Make up to 10 different models from one box! The Meccano Easy Box is from the new Easy Build construct and play range from Meccano...construction sets with a flexible modern twist providing educational fun for budding young mechanical engineers! The colourful, chunky pieces are attractive to children and have a nice soft feel, and are all stored in a cool, rugged, green storage tub so you can carry them wherever you go! This 100+ piece set includes assembly instructions for up to 10 models!