initially overlooked, but now a firm favorite
This toy will probably get overlooked on Christmas morning next to the flashier toys. However, this is the toy that your child will still be playing with when next Christmas rolls around! When the box was originally opened my daughter showed very little interest in this toy and instead focused on more obvious ones. After playing with those for a while, she turned her attention to this one with a “well, what can you do” kind of attitude. I spent about 2 minutes showing her how it worked and then she took off. She made cars, she made trains, she started loading cargo onto her trains… She loves it. My daughter is just three and I was worried she wouldn’t be able to manipulate the pieces by herself. She isn’t as precise as she will be when she is older, but she can still do the basics by herself.
It wasn’t a toy that I would have considered for her, but I am so glad we got it as I can see hours and even years of play ahead. It is, like all wooden Haba toys, nicely made. I like the textural and visual contrast between the natural wood and the painted wood. The plastic/rubbery pieces that you use for connecters and wheels seem sturdy and I think they’ll last even with heavy playing. The set comes with a booklet of ideas—everything from adding in rubber bands to teaching scientific principles—which will take the basic play idea that she is getting down now and keep adding to that for years to come. And, if you have invested in other Haba sets, this set is designed to work not only with the other technics sets, but with all of the Haba blocks and the ball track sets.
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