My kids are always excited when we get a package to review, even more excited when the package is in a large box. The first question they always ask is "who gets to review this one?" and when I say it's for the kids I am met with many cheers. Well, this was a big package for the kids and I had so much excitement in the house that they weren't willing to wait more than an hour for me to be ready to help them get this set up.
We had the opportunity to review Velocity 2.0 Marble Mania. I have included several picture showing the both on both sides, as well as all the pieces laid out and a picture of my children with the finished piece. Plus as a bonus I included a video of showing Velocity 2.0 Marble Mania in action.
We have had Velocity 2.0 set up for about a week now and my son still goes in to the family room and plays with it a couple times a day. The set includes 300+ pieces and VERY detailed instructions. The instructions were so great! They go piece by piece telling you want to put in place. All the pieces are labeled with a number so you can easily identify the correct piece, although after a while you know which size gray block is #9 or #12 without looking at the number. You do want to make sure you follow the directions exactly because they are in the order they are in for a reason. If you miss a step you won't be able to build upon it and you will have to re-read the instructions to see what you did wrong before you can proceed further.
The first thing the instructions tell you to do is to lay out all your pieces and group them together. There are lots of little bags of pieces to open, so this is a very helpful step. All of my pieces were included and there was a half dozen extra pieces of some of the most abundant pieces. The only bummer we had was that the batteries (included) that is in the flashing disk died very quickly. I am guessing it was somehow turned on in the package and ran down the batteries. The kids saw it work for about a hour as we worked on setting it up and then it no longer would turn on. They are ok with that because the flashing disk is just for show, it isn't turned on by marbles or anything.
The kids have been having a lot of fun with it. My 8 year old daughter started putting together the set on her own but then after a few pages she asked for help (there are 40+ pages of steps), then I stepped in and began working on it and enlisted the help of my 4 year old to hand me pieces.
My kids do want to take it apart and see what kind of other creations they can make with it, but they do thinks it is pretty cool the way the toy is intended. They do the same thing with building block sets where they follow the initial instructions and then want to use their creativity to play with the toy more. I can't wait to see what they come up with. This toy is going to provide hours of distraction and enertainment.
Product Description from The Learning Journey International:
This new Marble Mania set in the coaster series features two exciting hand cranked marble lifters that allow children to send marbles into the twisting and turning tracks at a high velocity. The set has more than 300 pieces that will engage kids in the building process for hours on end! Requires two button cell batteries (included). Colors may vary. Ages 8+ years.
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