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3 Responses to Snowflakes Connect – an Engineering Toy – Promotes Fine Motor Skills Development – Great Imagination Toy for 5 Year Olds – for Boys and Girls

  1. Melissa
    Melissa May 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm |
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Educationally relevant toy to add to your toolbox!, February 2, 2016
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    Melissa

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    This review is from: Snowflakes Connect – an Engineering Toy – Promotes Fine Motor Skills Development – Great Imagination Toy for 5 Year Olds – for Boys and Girls (Toy)
    I bought these to add to my OT toolbox. I do Occupational Therapy in my local school system and am always looking for new fun ways to incorporate fine motor, visual motor, bilateral hand skills etc into our therapy. When I originally bought these I was thinking they would be useful and fun for preschoolers. Boy, was I was wrong! I have used the Snowflakes Connect from preschool to 6th grade and they have been a hit!

    Some of the ways I have used these over the past week:
    * Math manipulative with numbered cue cards
    * Patterning with lace — There is a hole in the center of each one, perfect for lacing.
    * Sorting by color in matching cups
    * Building and replicating designs — Some of the students would build a design of their own and then write a story about their “sled” or “pogo stick”.
    * Imaginative, free play

    All of the above activities work on eye-hand coordination, visual-motor integration, problem-solving, fine-motor coordination, motor planning, sequencing and the list could go on. This is an OT’s dream toy! I would recommend these for ages 4 and up.

    These are more difficult for preschool to first grade to connect together, and this age group also had a tough time coming up with something to build. It took a lot of patience and a little help for the little ones to connect these. I would start out with sorting, free-play, patterning etc for this age group if you do notice difficulty connecting.

    My second to sixth graders had the most fun with these. They were able to create some cool designs and had so much fun writing their stories to go along. Over the course of the week, the students (mainly boys) made motorcycles, scooters, sleds, pogo sticks, an octopus, starfish, spaceship and many more. When I asked the kids if they would like to have a toy like this at home, all of them said yes! A few of them even wrote down the name so they could tell their parents. I would say child approved!

    I plan to make a flip book of different designs, from simple to moderately complex to have students replicate. My oldest son wants to be a building engineer so I am going to have him build the designs for the picture cards!

    I would recommend these to parents. grandparents, teachers, speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists. Great fun, educationally relevant learning tool!

    After emailing with my interest, I was offered the Snowflakes Connect for a discounted price in exchange for providing my honest thoughts and opinions in this review.

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  2. Suki St. James
    Suki St. James May 6, 2016 at 8:13 pm |
    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    We have never owned any type of toy like this and with over 340 pieces I figured it …, July 4, 2015
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    Suki St. James (Missouri) –
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    This review is from: Snowflakes Connect – an Engineering Toy – Promotes Fine Motor Skills Development – Great Imagination Toy for 5 Year Olds – for Boys and Girls (Toy)
    My son has a very creative mind and LOVES to build things. This is a quality I try to nurture and encourage, because I find that this helps him in so many ways and builds so many needed skills. When I came across this Snowflakes Connect set, I knew this is something he had to have! We have never owned any type of toy like this and with over 340 pieces I figured it would be full off creative possibilities!

    The Snowflakes Connect arrived quickly and I was quite impressed that they came in a large clear container with a red lid and handle. I love that this comes with such a nice storage container and that my son is able to carry them with him to relatives houses easily. The instant he saw these he went wild! The bright colors, the many many pieces! Exciting! Since receiving his snowflakes, he has had hours and hours of fun! He started off slow, putting simple things together, little flowers, shapes, but recently has accomplished more complex pieces! This set is currently the biggest hit around our house and all of my kids think it’s a good time! We love this toy and love that it promotes creativity!

    I purchased this product at a discount and have provided my honest and unbiased review in return.

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  3. Meowster
    Meowster May 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm |
    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My kids love playing with these, July 29, 2015
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    Meowster
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    This review is from: Snowflakes Connect – an Engineering Toy – Promotes Fine Motor Skills Development – Great Imagination Toy for 5 Year Olds – for Boys and Girls (Toy)
    My kids love playing with these! Both my 8 and 4 year old love building things. They have the most creative imaginations I have ever seen in children. Having these snowflake connect toys has given them the chance to create really neat 3D creations that aren’t flat looking like Legos, megabloks, or trio blox even though they can make cool creations with them these snowflakes connects make their creations more lively and real. My four year old is in the children’s disabled program in his preschool and these are great for helping as a therapy at home. Both of my kids could sit for hours playing with these. They are so easy to connect there is nothing they couldn’t make with these. They remind me of connects but they are much easier for smaller children to use. My kids could build anything, from airplanes, houses, animals, carnival rides, buildings, flowers, anything they can imagine to build. These are perfect to give to any child for any occasion that loves to build and imagine! In the pictures below my kids made a house, flowers, and a watering can filled with water. These are absolutely my very own honest opinions after having received and tried this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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