As a parent of two young daughters there are a few attributes that I especially love to find in toys. I love when toys allow for creativity, science, exploration, and trial and error. The Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab fits that bill. It is a set of 60 mix and match pieces that children use to construct all types of courses for the metal ball to go down. They stick to the special 2 foot board that has a Velcro®-like material on it as do all the parts. Set up is super easy. My 9 year old set the board up herself and was able to make her own contraption within minutes. With so many parts to use, the possibilities are endless. It is a great one or two person toy that makes for hours of creative play with lots of trial and error.
With the Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab my children were testing out and learning about gravity, angles, and more without even realizing they were learning. If you want the ball to travel faster do you tilt the slide up or down? That is just one of the scientific questions that my daughters discovered with this set. The set is well crafted and was easy for both my 7 and 9 year old daughters to use by themselves. I think their favorite part is the flying pig at the end of the contraption they created. I mean who wouldn’t love a flying pig?
Standing over two feet tall, the Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab has 60 mix-and-match pieces to build an unlimited amount of contraptions. Kids can dream up crazy courses, then build and test them using this easy-to-construct Velcro®-like system. Instructions offer tips and tricks on how to best manipulate the kit’s components. It guides kids through five sample contraption designs while they learn how to predict the outcome of each.
- Cannon with flying stunt pig
- Cleaning machine
- Chicken coop
- Boot buster
- 2 gears and cup
- Zigzag ramp
- 12 tracks
- 24 track clips
- 2 off-ramps
- 6 stops
- 4 steel balls and ball extractor
- Hook-and-loop backer board with stand
- Tri-fold instructional booklet
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for performing this review. I received one or more products mentioned for free to conduct my review. The statements expressed by me in this post are my own personal and honest opinions of this product.