My parents came down to visit this weekend, bearing three sets of vintage Tinker Toys for Alex’s birthday. (Amazon reviews noted that modern Tinker Toys are poorly machined and don’t fit together well, so my mother worked eBay magic.) Alex has been building ever since.
I was particularly taken with a set of four meshed gears that she made. This may be standard Tinker Toy stuff, but my limited childhood experience with them never extended to moving parts.
Alex had a very “making things” birthday. We gave her a Snap Circuits set and an embroidery kit, and she cycled happily back and forth between them for the rest of the week. Now the Tinker Toys have joined the rotation. It’s really fun to see what she comes up with.