Enjoying family togetherness with K’NEX building sets

Thank you to K'NEX for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.
Thank you to K’NEX for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

Recently I’ve talked about how much I’m enjoying that my children are learning and utilizing the valuable skill of independent play. I’ve also mentioned how open-ended toys can encourage creativity.

While I do love when my children can enjoy themselves and play independently, I also value our family time. Certain toys are more suited for playing together as a family, and one such toy that we’ve recently been enjoying together is the Super Mario 3DLand K’NEX Bowser’s Castle set.

What makes this such a great toy to enjoy as a family is that we can all work together to build the pre-designed castle according to the directions that are included. Of course you can also use the K’NEX pieces to build anything else you would like, but it is really a lot of fun when we can work together as a family and accomplish a goal. Our goal was to be able to accurately follow the given directions to get our end result — a functioning castle.

Working together as a family

When I first brought out the building set the kids were really excited about getting started.  We didn’t even have all of the pieces out of the box yet before my son started playing around with the characters that came with the set. He is a huge Super Mario Bros fan to begin with, so this building set was right up his alley!

KNEX super mario 3d

Once we had all of the bits and pieces out of the box, we all enjoyed working together to get everything assembled. This is actually quite an intricate process as there are many many steps for this particular build, and since we usually only have a short time each night to work on it we are actually still in the process of completing the castle.  The set is recommended for ages eight and up, so mommy had to do quite a bit of helping as my kids are only four and six.

KNEX super mario 3d working together

After the first day we made a bit of progress and my daughter was pleased as punch to show it off!

KNEX super mario 3d progress

As I mentioned, we are still working on this as it is quite a large project and we have a short amount of time each night to continue our progress (we haven’t worked on it every night, but try to get to it when we can). Although our castle isn’t quite finished yet, we have gotten a good start and have been enjoying spending time together as a family to work on building everything.

KNEX progress

Find out more about the K’NEX Super Mario 3DLand line of products by visiting K’NEX or Toys ‘R’ Us!

So tell us….

What types of activities and/or games do you and your family enjoy doing together?

Jesica H

When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica is busy helping other parents make their lives a little less stressful with homemaking hacks, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, and more. On her successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, her Cricut crafting tutorials are the most popular articles and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own. Jesica started rockyourcraft.com where you can find loads more craft tutorials and business advice. In her FREE Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Business, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers, and utilizing smart social media strategies. Join us!

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7 thoughts on “Enjoying family togetherness with K’NEX building sets

  • December 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    I didnt realize that K'nex made these 3D detailed sets! This has GOT to be a big hit with kids. I love that you keep it out to work on it together when you have time. I used to do that with a card table and a puzzle. I am going to do that over the holiday break when the kids are home - not with a puzzle though - Knex are cooler for my boys! Reply
    • December 12, 2013 at 9:53 am
      yeah, we use the old train table since the kids never play with the train anymore, lol. I figured it was either time to get rid of the table or find another use for it...works perfectly for this! Reply
  • December 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm
    Looks cool! My son would love to get a new building set for Christmas Reply
  • December 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm
    We love K'Nex! My son is super into building things, and this brand is one of his favs! Thanks for sharing. I need to pick some up for a Christmas gift! Reply
  • December 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm
    I have heard of K'Nex but have never seen them. Looks like a ton of fun! Reply
  • December 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    K'Nex and Mario together? These are too cool! My kids would love them! Reply
  • December 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm
    Looks like good building sets! We like doing crafts, playing board games, video games etc. Thank you for sharing! Reply

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