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Gifts for Students 8 to 11 Years Old (Grades 3 to 5) Section

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As kids get older they need more challenges. This includes larger sets so they can build more complex models. It also includes different kinds of sets so they can explore different geometries, materials and fasteners. As they get older they should become a bit more serious about their building. When you see that they can stay focused for extended periods of time and can treat their building materials with care, it is time to let them start building with motors and tools.

Motors add new excitement to building that may have started to become boring. They also teach new lessons in the science of mechanics. Constructions methods that worked great for static models often lead to models that fall apart when the motor is turned on. Encourage kids to look at the point of failure, think about the forces that cause the problem and then invent a different way of building that solves the problem.

The use of tools is one of the most significant unique characteristics of human beings. Very few things in our modern world could be produced without tools. Using tools requires an increased level of hand-eye coordination, a high level of fine motor skills and a certain level of maturity. If you misplace a brick you probably have many more to take its place and might not worry too much about the problem. If you misplace your tool you probably have to stop building until you find it. That's an important lesson to learn.

The content on this page was updated on 09/15/2015