What is it
With seven removable gears and three bee handles, this set enables little ones to understand the mechanism of cogs and gears in a fun and engaging way. Children can place the cogs in the correct places (using colour and size matching) or experiment with what happens when they put them in a different order. Once the cogs are in place they can turn the handle and see what happens.
Made of solid, sustainable wood and decorated using safe, water based paints.
What our team of testers said
"This is the sun, I can spin it." - Boy aged 3
"The big green cog only fits on the big green circle." - Girl aged 3
"It's red, pink and purple." - Girl aged 2
- Encourages children to match colours and sizes
- Develops logical thinking and problem solving skills
- Promotes trial and error learning
What our experts think
This is an attractive and durable toy that immediately caught the attention of our little testers. The children immediately worked out what to do, realising that they had to match the colour and the size of the cog in order to get it to work. They had to use their hand eye co-ordination to get the cog onto the board and then to grasp the handle (developing finger strength) and turn the pieces. The bee handles looked great, but were slightly uncomfortable for little hands.
Our testers enjoyed experimenting and seeing what happened when they put the cogs in the wrong places – there was lots of scope here for discussion and adult intervention to further the children’s learning. The children enjoyed watching the cogs turn (this was especially popular with the boys) but they did at times stick and some of the children needed a little help to get them moving.
- RRP: £19.95
- Brands: Le Toy Van, Petilou
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: Toys
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Design & technology
Fine motor skills
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Memory, concentration & attention
Personal, social & emotional development
Physical & motor skills
Trial and error learning
Understanding the world