I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m not an engineer. Really, physics is just not my specialty. It’s been too long since high school and thinking about acceleration and vectors makes me sweat, remembering all those stressful nights spent studying formulas. I played with Lego and Erector Sets as a kid. I had lots of fun and learned a ton, but I certainly wasn’t learning about mechanical physics at age 3.

What I needed— And what my youngest son is loving— is Gears! Gears! Gears!. For kids 3+, Gears! Gears! Gears! is a bright, colorful, exciting way to play with gears, and actually learn something. With six brightly-colored gears and endless combinations, kids boost their motor skills while sorting, grouping, counting, designing—STEM studies hit the front line with Gears! Gears! Gears!

The kit is straightforward. While the total count of 96 pieces might seem intimidating, the count breaks down to 48 gears and 48 structural pieces, bases and towers and cranks. Assembly is a snap— Literally! From the gears to the base plates, everything snap together easily and perfectly. The gears are smooth and easy to turn, and with the included Activity Guide, the building possibilities are literally endless!

Plus, the box is also a carrying case! For toys involving lots of plastic pieces, this is just a dream. Instead of a massive pile of plastic and cardboard to recycle or feed to the landfill, Gears! Gears! Gears! comes nicely packed in a frustration- free box with a sturdy handle. There’s no excuse when it comes time to clean up!

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Learning Resources’ Gears! Gears! Gears! is currently available for $25 on Amazon. It’s also available as a reward from the Learn & Earn App for Math. Learn & Earn lets kids pick their motivation, choosing a reward and working daily towards their goals. Learn & Earn for Math features over 500,000 questions, comprehensively structured to target American grade level standards for math. Set your expectations, sit back, and watch your child drive her own success!

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