It’s a Mario!

May 8, 2011 at 10:10 am 2 comments

Last summer, we discovered, thanks to Sheblogs, the wonder that is K’nex. Isaac has been asking me for the longest time to get another set of K’nex and build with him.

Plus, now, since the Yoshi Halloween costume, Isaac’s very into Mario.

Then, the perfect thing shot through my email. K’nex MARIO KART BUILDING SETS!!

The day the big box arrived, we were just about to go to OT, and we couldn’t wait to see what was inside our box! Imagine our surprise to see BOTH a standard Mario Kart and a Luigi bike! We couldn’t wait to start building. So, I had the best idea possible. Seeing as Mr. S, our awesome OT, is a video game, Star Wars and sci-fi goober (and we love him for it), we figured he’d want to possibly build one for working on fine motor skills!

So, off we went with both boxes, deciding to let Mr. S decide what would work best during the OT session.

(and now, you’ll have to deal with my descriptions of this one, because my camera on my phone decided to go all wonky. The learning curve on an Android phone is insanely low for most people, but for me…in a rush…not so much.)

Mr. S decided to build the Luigi bike and also decorate the box for a jump ramp, because what’s a bike without a jump ramp?

So, the two of them hunkered down and got to work.

As they built the bike, Mr. S commented on how awesome and easy the kit was and he was expecting it to be insanely complicated.

The two of them finished the therapy/bike building in about 15-20 minutes. Then, they set to decorating the jump ramp. That took them another 10 minutes, because, hey-it’s therapy, and Mr. S had some goals to accomplish!

The laughing that ensued with the built bike was priceless. It was a good unconventional use of a therapy session.

Then, the next day, Doug and Isaac dug into the Mario set!

They started with the chassis…

and then got Mario on and the booster

and finished it off, in a matter of 45 minutes!

Isaac was beyond thrilled. He spent the better part of the next few days driving them around jumping them off the ramp and trying to figure out how he could combine the two into a hybrid of kart and bike. Yeah, that’s my kid.

So, the verdict on these in my house?

TOTALLY AWESOME! K’nex struck it out of the park again with these building kits. Fun, easy, and hours of fun in a small pack. My belief that K’nex is just awesome again for both therapy and fun purposes was cemented with these sets. If you’ve got a Mario Kart freak like we do here, these are the perfect building kits for them. Oh, and there’s even our favorite here, Yoshi!

Thank you to K’nex for supplying us with these awesome kits for review!

(as always, the opinions expressed here are totally my own and in no way are influenced by anyone or anything.)


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beth @ TheAngelForever  |  May 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Wow, the Mario set looks amazing. Hmmm…. I have a feeling this may be someting that NHL asks to get for his birthday down the road. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • 2. Jen  |  May 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I LOVE the idea of K’nex, but they just don’t hold together well in my opinion. The last vehicle we built, we actually glued the blocks together so they’d stop coming apart. Do you not have the same problem?


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