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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Great little game!
Posted 12/17/2014 by VIRGINIA MAGNUSON
My niece was delighted to receive this for her birthday and opened it that same night. She is 4 and caught onto the concept quickly, the only trouble being that she has a toddler's coordination and struggled a bit winding the ribbon around the various spindles. It was a lesson in patience and persistence, however. Once all the ribbon was wound and components in place, she THRILLED at seeing her machine spin! My sister-in-law told me she's played with it nearly every day for a week. I'm very happy with this purchase and feel especially good that this game is helping develop my niece's young mind to more easily capture the concepts of math and engineering later on.
This was a gift for my 5, almost 6- year old daughter. Her reading skills were not advanced enough to read the book on her own and so she did need some help. She enjoyed building the spinning machine and tried to build it on her own a couple of times. She was also enthused about creating her own vehicles and inventions. Overall, she enjoyed it very much when she first received it; but like most toys, after a few months it ended up at the bottom of the toy box. After a year, she only plays with in once in awhile. I will definitely credit this toy in helping build her interest in scientific and engineering principles, which is mostly what she is interested in now.. goodbye princesses!
My 3-year old son also enjoyed playing and exploring with this toy. The only negative thing about this product is that the animals fall off the axels and it can be very frustrating for kids. Otherwise, I would definitely buy one of the other Goldie Blox products!
Purchased as a gift!
Posted 6/12/2014 by AMELIA HAINAUT
Purchased this as a gift for a 6 year old's birthday party. I have heard that she just loves it and as a mother of 2 daughters and an engineer myself, I hope to get all of the Goldie Blox for them when they are old enough to enjoy it!
Review of GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine
Posted 5/23/2014 by CHERV
I bought this for my daughter at Christmas. She loved it so much, she wanted to give it to a friend for a birthday present. It is a wonderful product that fosters creativity, and higher level thinking skills. I would recommend it to anyone with girls.
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