LEGO Gear Bots and Gadgets Review (Klutz)

LEGO Gear Bots and Gadgets
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What It Is

Need more ideas for how to build with LEGO? Check out the LEGO Gear Bots and LEGO Gadgets books from Klutz. Each book is sold separately.

LEGO Gear Bots includes 62 LEGO elements and instructions for creating eight machines. Mix the LEGO pieces with the book's papercraft characters to create models, or bots, that really move thanks to gears. Some of the STEM-driven models include DJ Bubbles (an octopus spinning records), a Yeti, a Pterodactyl, and more. To make them move, just crank the handle on the side. And through the building kids are introduced to five basic bot and engineering elements: shaft, handle, cam, crank, and bearing.

With LEGO Gadgets, you get 58 LEGO elements for building 11 different machines that flip, whirl, punch, and cruise. This 78-page book also has papercraft pieces that get mixed with the LEGO pieces to create practical machines as well as some silly ones, such as Brick Basher, the Robo-Boxer. Throughout the book, kids will also find open-ended prompts and challenges to keep them experimenting and creating. Plus, Behind the Gadget pages show kids real-world applications for each machine.

Is It Fun?

Both of these sets are a great way to expand a LEGO fan's play, offering even more ideas for building while introducing kids to STEM content. Even though some of the models are super silly, kids will be amazed at how they work, and even the silliest models have something cool to teach kids about how real machines work. We love products that help kids explore real-world concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Who It’s For

Both Klutz LEGO books are for ages 8 and up, and will be most appealing to LEGO fans.

What To Be Aware Of

Each book is sold separately.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy