Building simple machines has never had such a pull on girls.
How can you get girls to build? Engage them with a story, challenge them with a problem-solving purpose, use colors, materials, and shapes that delight girls!
Created by Debbie Sterling, a hip, young Stanford engineer (who always wanted a toy like this herself) - the first book and construction toy in the GoldieBlox series has arrived!
Enter the world of GoldieBlox and meet Goldie (a strong female character who likes to invent things), Nacho (her beloved dog), Benjamin Cranklin (a cat with attitude), Katinka (the dolphin ballerina), Phil (the sloth) and Flavio (the bear from Brazil).
In this first GoldieBlox kit, GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine, kids help Goldie figure out how to build a belt drive to spin her crew of animal friends. Following along with the story, girls problem solve for the animals and send them a-whirling!
Every time the "build" icon appears, girls build along with Goldie so that the story sequence can progress. The story in itself is perfectly charming. Girls are immediately drawn into the action that they create, especially since the simple machines and contraptions that Goldie builds always have a purpose - to help her friends!
Girls are excited immediately and challenged gradually with GoldieBlox. As they solve each problem by creating a moving contraption, they gain confidence to take on the next level of engineering fun.
Open a GoldieBlox kit and look out for greatness. Those wheels will be turning!
GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine
A girls engineering toy - A construction kit from a female perspective!
A book and project kit introducing young girls to engineering concepts
Friendships, caring for animals, beauty – combined with problem solving play!
Builds spatial skills, basic engineering principles, confidence in problem solving
Created by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University
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A little simple; I think it's great to make stuff "for girls" but making it pink automatically removes boys from the equation. I think "gender neutral" would be better. For example, snap circuits- they're great for girls or boys and the concept is a better fit for "engineering."
New Favorite Toy for an Independent, Creative Girl!
Posted 2/1/2014 by Amanda Reiss
Got this as a Christmas present for our daughter who turned 4 just after the holidays. Even though she's on the younger end of the spectrum, she LOVES this toy! This is one of her favorite toys - she loves to read, and typically uses her very active imagination to repurpose her existing toys into whatever her imaginative stories/games call for. This is a toy that was made for her! She loves the characters, loves that there is a story behind building the basic machine, and loves trying to build the other machines shown on the back of the book. She's recently started incorporating the use of her other toys into playing with her Goldie Blox which has prompted us to order the 2nd and 3rd Goldie Blox sets to keep feeding her ideas and give her more pieces to build her machines with.
Fun Non-girly Girl toy
Posted 1/19/2014 by Heather
My 7 year old niece certainly needed some guidance to do this. Her first impulse was just to try and build exactly what she saw on the box. Working with an adult and using the book she worked her way through the story and really seemed to enjoy herself and have a feeling of accomplishment.
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