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toy ideas for a child who loves to take things apart to see how it works?

my son has a fascination with unscrewing EVERYthing, from his toys to the door hinges and last night the keyboard.( he has gotten rather quick when it comes to takin things apart) we have those toy tools sets and he hates them and even though he have put up our tools in a locking tool box we are still finding some he has stashed around the house(mostly screw drivers), and he is very good at hiding things.
so any toy ideas or any ideas in general we want to feed his curiosity but in a different way????
he LOVEs to tinker but we dont want him taking apart things he isnt suppose to. so any ideas what to get a 5 yr old to play with so he can continue to tinker without the risk of gettin hurt or damaging expensive items.


Asked by Anonymous at 3:31 PM on Jun. 3, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (22)
  • tinker toys (do they even still make those?!)

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 3:32 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • lego's

    Answer by Claudiomom at 3:32 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • erector sets

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 3:33 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Tinker toys and Erector sets. They have some really complex ones at my Walmart. They look like fun!

    Answer by Nykkii at 3:41 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Does your hubby do anything mechanical? Work on cars or electronics or something like that? If daddy does that, you could have him go out and help with the car or something. Five is old enough for daddy to show him how to do certain things in the garage.

    Answer by Nykkii at 3:42 PM on Jun. 3, 2010


    - Also have him build things that will help him understand how they work... like the science project VOLCANOs with baking soda...

    - Micheals Craft Store is inexepensive and has LOTS OF CRAFTS from all walks to build and take apart. Some for even just 1 dollar.

    Good luck. SMART little on you have there, I bet he'll be a very beneficial person/adult when he's older. Sounds like he's already going somewhere, and has a curious mind and that's a great thing. Learn learn learn.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:43 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • op here

    we have legos and tinker toys and he doesnt like those. he is fascinated by taking things apart to see how they work then attempts to put them back together. other than the door most of the things he has taken apart was electronic in some his battery operated toys and the keyboard, his and his brother's tv and vcr(and yes he did have them unplugged). i think we have every screwdriver in the house put up now.
    we need to find something to tinker with.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:44 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • legos, lincon logs, magnetics, puzzles,

    Answer by shay1130 at 3:44 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • help him build 5 yr old loves puzzles and its amazing how good he is at them

    Answer by shay1130 at 3:45 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • op again

    what do you think about those beginner model cars? ive seen one that just snap together and seem some other model cars for older kids/adults that require to have a little engine put he too young for something like that?

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:49 PM on Jun. 3, 2010