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GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine has been reviewed 45 times with an average rating of 4.38

Spinning Machine less than expected
Posted 7/1/2013 by Don Fitzpatrick - GRANDPARENT
Rating: 2

The GoldieBlox story is exciting, and I was intrigued by the Spinning Machine, which I bought for one of my granddaughters. My dad and I are engineers. My son, his wife, and my daughter's husband are all engineers, so I was pre-disposed to expect that the GoldieBox concept would be a winner. My granddaughter is one with endless, imaginative questions like why it is colder on the top of a mountain when it's closer to the sun, and where does air come from? She quickly assembles Lego sets rated a couple years above her age, and loves puzzles of all kinds. She seemed a natural to be intrigued by the first GoldieBlox product. After reviewing the gift enough to fully understand it, she seemed surprisingly indifferent. The enclosed story about the animals that would be spun on top of the spools wasn't gripping enough to even listen to until the end - possibly because her mother has read so many hundreds of books to her, her expectations were unrealistically high. The first assembly of spools, axles, washers, the band and the lever were fun, and the first project seemed satisfying enough. But she was bored by the second pass at putting the same parts together in different configurations, and never picked up the toy again for several weeks. I held off on this review until I felt she had a fair chance to play with it without the distraction of the birthday party. I opened up the Spinning Machine one day, put it together in a different configuration, and left it out with other toys and puzzles that she often plays with. She was interested enough to take it apart and reassemble it again that day, but that was the last time she has shown any interest in it on her own. It's hard to penetrate the mind of a six-year-old, but my take on her lack of interest is that, as well designed as the Spinning Machine is, it basically only does one thing. Since there's really no other way to use the toy except as designed, there doesn't seem to be room for imagination as there is with a more open-ended toy like Legos that can build anything your mind can dream up. As exciting as the GoldieBlox business story is, I don't plan to buy any more of their products unless they appear to provide for more imagination in what can be done with the components provided.
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