Disclosure: I received the free product for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ.
My family loves to play together. We often have times when we sit and build legos. We have a couple different sets so we’ll make those, or we’ll get creative and build something with our imaginations. Recently, two sets of K’NEX came in the mail. My kids were very excited to get building. We hadn’t ever played with K.NEX before so it was exciting to learn about this new toy.
The excitement lasted about 5 minutes when we realized that K’NEX were NOTHING like Legos and this was actually going to be very difficult. For Legos you build from the bottom up. With K’NEX you build from the outside in. It is a completely different way of thinking and playing and definitely took some getting used to.
First up we got out the Cosmic Quest set and decided to start with the Cosmic Cruiser. We thought surely the two of us could get this built. After looking at the directions and realizing we needed to take a moment to get acquainted with K’NEX we looked at the directions, looked at the pieces and slowly began. It did take us an hour to build the car but when we were done we felt a huge sense of accomplishment. I got frustrated and walked away so my 8-year-old daughter steadily worked on it. Every once in a while she would ask for help, but for the most part she worked and tinkered until she figured it out. I was so proud of her dedication! We had a little fun with the car later in the day, check it out:
I have been very impressed with how sturdy the car is. Our Lego cars are destroyed within minutes of being made. I have had to reattached parts to the car only once!! This is huge for me! It made me an instant K’NEX lover as soon as I realized I wouldn’t be rebuilding the car all day long. The Cosmic Quest set comes with 5 different ideas of things to make all relating in a spacey way. Make sure you have a zip top bag on hand so you can keep track of the extra pieces. Not all of the ideas require all of the pieces.
Next up was Plants VS Zombie time. My kids LOVE this game so they were very excited to get the set put together and start the fight!
First of all it is set up like a Western theme. The Zombies are wearing Cowboy hats and walking amongst cacti. The set comes with 3 zombies and one pea shooting plant. You can purchase extra zombies and plants separately. This set is so much fun because of all the moving parts! On the edges of the set are targets that spin when they are hit. In the middle is a rig where two zombies stand. If you hit them a certain way that will also spin. You can build a little pea holder for all of your peas, that is so nice because they can get lost easily! This set really encourages pretend play. My kids have had fun making up story after story of why the zombies are attacking and why they are dressed as cowboys. It’s really fun to listen in on their game. We also received some extra plants so each of my kids can be shooting at the same time. We also got plenty of peas for them to shoot. Check out this fun video we made of this set (and yes, I’m the sharp shooter in the film!)
Doesn’t that look fun! There are actually several different Plants Vs Zombies set you can purchase, or you can head over to the K’Nex Facebook page and enter to win the entire Plants Vs Zombies product line. This giveaway runs until June 11 so hurry, you can enter daily!
We have become true fans of K’NEX. There are a couple birthdays coming up in our house and some new sets are definitely on my shopping list! Do you own any K’NEX? What are your favorite sets?
Enter to win a Cosmic Quest set from K’NEX! This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+. This giveaway will run from June 9 – 16. Winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen!