Has your student outgrown the traditional Lego® kit? Tekton
Tower brings the same excitement in a box for the over-six-year-old
crowd. The engineer-creators designed this cantilever construction
kit to allow children to experiment with real engineering principles.
It is recommended by Dr. Toy for smart play, and it received the
2006 Family Choice award. The Tower comes in a small plastic bucket
with a removable lid that clicks onto the box, and it has a handle
for easy carrying. It is lightweight, so any child should be able
to carry it.
The kit allows the student to design and construct a building.
The student can build a store, a hospital, and more. Inside the
box are plastic columns and beams that interlock together, mimicking
a real iron-beam-and-column frame. The thin plastic panels used
to create the outside of a building mimic the solid walls and windows
of a building. The parts are scaled to the common HO scale of 1/87.
The kit also comes with a small booklet that contains a few blueprints
and information about the company. The website has a page called "Paul's
page," where people have submitted pictures of their creations.
My 9-year-old reviewed the booklet that came with the kit to see
what all of the parts were and instructions on how the parts fit
together. She then looked at the transportation terminal blueprints
and set out to imitate the model. My 11-year-old just took the
parts and created a building from scratch. They loved creating
with these parts! I liked that there were a few blueprints and
that the children could create their own models too. Sometimes
the window panels and utility walls didn't seem to fit exactly
in the beams without a little trim.
The company has a new product that allows you to build a building
and then run water through it using an electric pump. It sounds
like a great building project for future engineers.