Magazine article USA TODAY

Engaging Fun for All Ages from K'Nex

Magazine article USA TODAY

Engaging Fun for All Ages from K'Nex

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It's not often that we find a toy that appeals to both younger and older children, but construction sets from K'Nex Brands, L.P., Hatfield, Pa., fit that bill. They inspire creativity, build self-confidence, and encourage interaction among children and parents.

For toddlers and up, there's Kid K'Nex, filled with colorful shapes and personality parts that snap together easily and make everything your child puts together a success. In addition to inspiring creativity, they help to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Sets featuring favorite characters from "Sesame Street" encourage even more imaginative play. With Elmo's Cowboy Adventure Building Set ($25.99), your child can build Elmo and his horse and explore the Wild West. As a bonus, Elmo says two phrases when his head is pressed gently. A Western-themed "Play & Learn" activity sheet is included in this 40-piece set--for ages two and up.

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With Elmo's Treasure Hunt Adventure Building Set ($25.99), your child can have lots of fun pretending to hunt for buried treasure with Pirate Elmo. With 43 pieces, you can build Elmo, the treasure chest, and a palm tree. A pirate-themed "Play & Learn" activity sheet offers ideas for educational and collaborative fun for you and your child, and Elmo says two phrases.

Older children love the Thrill Rides Collection. The challenge of building these sets brings hours of enjoyment, and the fun doesn't end when the project is complete. …

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