Bridge Street Toys has is a purveyor and creator of simple yet unendingly creative construction toys for children. Located in a small town in Massachusetts, Bridge Street Toys was begun by two engineers who set out to create products that budding engineers and architects would love to play with. What a success! Bridge Street Toys still creates fabulous products that have stood the test of time. Though their product line is somewhat small compared to the mass market’s offerings, the products are superb and high quality and never go “out of style.”
The Bridge Street Toys’ sets are just right for school science fair projects, but are also suited for kids who just like to build and tinker with structure-based toys and building sets. Their most popular type of set, the Girder & Panel style set, differs from most other construction sets in that it features real-life engineering and architectural principles and miniature equipment.
(Girder & Panel sets were originally sold by Kenner Products in the 50s, so many of your children’s grandparents will probably remember playing with these building collections! Bridge Street Toys has brought this set style back to the market.)
We were recently given the opportunity to review one of Bridge Street Toy’s more unique building sets, the Hydrodynamic Deluxe Building Set.
This 300-piece set includes everything you need to create an unending number of working factories on a small scale. Six building plans are included in the large, full-color instruction book, as well as a schematic for the largest one, the Ice Cream Factory. (See our video demonstration below.)
Every part included (Square Tank, Spray Head, Float Valve, Ball Flow Meter, Horizontal Tank, braces, pipe connectors, tubing and more) are fully illustrated and labeled within the instruction book, and the book explains how the major parts work.
The carrying/storage case you see pictured has foam with punctured holes which serves as the base, so the kit is all-inclusive; all you add is water!
There are hints and tips, as well as suggestions for other projects and experiments to try with the Hydrodynamic Set at the back of the instruction book. This set is geared for ages 10 and up, but our 8-year-old was able to complete a majority of the projects with just a tad bit of adult help. For classrooms or home, the Hydrodynamic Deluxe Building Set is a superior learning tool that has real-world application. This will grow with a child, not be a toy that will be discarded when a trendy whim has passed. It’s no surprise to me that this set is a winner of the iParenting Media Award. It is stellar — and an excellent educational aid as well as an entertaining toy for kids (and grown-ups, too).
Courtesy of Bridge Street Toys, one of you will be randomly chosen to win one of their new sets!
Here’s how to enter:
1) MANDATORY: (MULTI STEP: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!): (a.) Visit Bridge Street Toys’ Facebook page and “like” it, (b.) comment on their Facebook page telling them that Muse Reviews sent you, (c.) then leave a comment below telling me you did so along with your Facebook username (as well as which new set your kids would like the best: The Blue Townhouse, the Pink Townhouse, the Post Office, the School, or the Children’s Museum).
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3) For a third entry, become friends with Muse Reviews on Facebook, then tell me you did so in a separate comment below.
4) For a fourth entry, tweet about this contest using @MuseReviews within your tweet, then tell me in a separate comment that you twittered! (Only one tweet per person per contest, please.)
I’ll close this contest at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012. US entries/addresses only. Good luck!
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
Congrats to the winner, #3, Lindley A!
Disclosure: I was able to purchase the above reviewed product at wholesale cost from Bridge Street Toys in exchange for my honest review. I received no other product or monetary compensation for this honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.