I recently bought the Quercetti Techno building toy for my 5 year old who has been begging me for tools. “Mommy, Mommy, screwdrivers, wrenches, a hammer, please Mommy!” How could I say no to that? I consider myself pretty frugal and I hate spending money but he reminded me that his chore/behavior chart was almost completely checked off, so I reconsidered. The truth is, he is extremely creative with Lego, Knex, and wooden building blocks- he builds things that fascinate even me. I thought maybe it’s time to take his creativity and skills to the next level.
Here’s what the Quercetti Techno building set looks like:
It comes with 3 different kinds of screwdrivers, a wrench, endless screws, nuts, and bolts, and some shapes to build with. It also has a booklet of different types of pictures or structures you can put together. It says ages 4 and up so I figured it was perfect for a just-turned 5 year old with little screwdriver experience.
When it finally came in the mail, we weren’t disappointed. It truly was a wonderful set. Brightly colored, great quality, easy to handle pieces. A child who has difficulty with fine motor skills should have no problem using the screwdrivers and creating designs. In fact, my slightly delayed 3 year old loves playing with it and he does an excellent job! Structures may be more difficult but challenge is the way we learn.
Every day when the kids wake up in the morning (early!) or when they come home from school, they take down this toy and keep themselves busy. It keeps them more interested than their crayons, their thousands of Lego pieces, and their jigsaw puzzles.
The best part is that after working quietly on all their screwing and figuring out what goes where, once they’re done and have finished showing it off for approval, they have to go unscrew it all and we get a few extra minutes of peaceful silence. 🙂
Just for comparison’s sake, I bought this Erector model set for MeMe about a year ago:
This set is metal, the pieces are tiny, and it comes with only one screwdriver, while the Quercetti Techno has nice-sized platic pieces and has all different types of screws and screwdrivers.
When I realized the Erector set was much too complicated for MeMe, I stashed it on a high shelf so that the pieces don’t get lost. Every once in a while I take it out and we all try to build it together as a family activity, so I’m not sorry I bought it.
The Erector set gives you many more building ideas than the Quercetti Tecno set does, and each model takes many steps until completion. MeMe and even my 5 year old son have gotten pretty good at screwing and unscrewing the tiny screws, but I have to do it with them to make sure that they’re doing each step properly and especially that no small pieces get lost.
Here’s to fine motor skills!
Which fine motor skills activities does your child enjoy the most? Share with us your toy suggestions, I’m sure I’m not the only adult who likes looking at new toys. 🙂