Tech Toys with Thames and Kosmos

Thames and Kosmos is a company that I didn’t know much about until the past two years, but since then, my appreciation for the ingenuity of the company continues to grow.

One of their big holiday toys is the Thames and Kosmos Remote Control Machines. Specifically, the Animal version (though there is also the Space Kit!) Yes, kids can construct a whole zoo’s worth of remote-controlled animals with mechanical insides covered by colorful plastic “skins.”

thames and kosmos remote controlled machines

The animals all move using different mechanisms, each one mimicking the movement of the real animal it represents. A two-button remote control unit moves the small, lightweight motor forward and in reverse, allowing the models to move forward or backward. Build an elephant that walks, a scorpion that crawls along, and a cute little penguin that waddles. Construct a rabbit that bounds forward, a crab that scurries sideways, and an orangutan that climbs hand over hand along a string. You can even build a couple of dinosaurs.

Kids learn about how animals look and walk, and learn about biomechanics as they build each model. Yet, kids are not limited to one animal! They can use the pieces to make their own imaginative animal and can even mix up the animal skins in funny ways to make outrageous hybrid animals.

A detailed illustrated manual helps kids assemble all of the models, and teaches them about the animals they are modeling and the ways different animals move. All the animals are included in one kit so you don’t have to buy extra packs! (Kids 8+, MSRP $49.95) They are available on Amazon too!

Images from The Toy Insider. This post is a sponsored post in exchange for complimentary product.

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