When I was young, there weren’t a lot of building toys for girls. Thankfully, we’re living in a time where not only do little girls have options to help encourage their spatial connections and building skills, but not everything is screaming pink. This year we were introduced to Roominate’s Cotton Candy Carnival play set. While the name is still sugar sweet, the playset offers girls a creative outlet and building options to make their own Carnival how they want.
The Cotton Candy Carnival set actually comes with over 200 pieces and two action figures to use and build with. The pieces aren’t tiny, so they wont be a choking hazard, but because of the sheer amount of them and some of the strength needed to connect the pieces this set is set for ages 8 and up. Inside the set, you also get a motor that runs on four AA batteries, so your carousel or Ferris wheel will actually move. When we built the carousel, we did have a bit of a problem snapping it into the base, but everything else snapped together easily and connected in the pre-cut slots. Once everything is done, you can even decorate your creations with stickers.
One of our favorite things about the Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival is the customization that is added into the creative play set. Each set comes with directions on how to make a few of the items like the Ferris wheel, the carousel, a food stand etc. But with the variety of pieces and the amount in each set you can really let your imagination go wild. With the included motor, your child can build their own creation with the pieces and make it move too. While the pieces are simple and standard sizes, it can easily be adapted. The focus on spatial building and even engineering skills is underlying while playing and girls get exposure to these great STEM skills without even knowing it.