Tinkering Around at Work

Say it Rah-shay By Jan 30, 2015 8 Comments

My sister gave me a Tinkertoy set for use in the library. The set was introduced during a free play activity and in   conjunction with blocks the library received as part of a grant from the state to host a “Block Party.” The addition of the Tinkertoys, made by K’NEX Industries, Inc. (A Pennsylvania company!) was just to introduce the sets and to get a feel for how they would be received if left for independent play and not as a part of the Block Party.

The set we used was the Tinkertoy® 100 piece Essentials Value Set. The 100 pieces is a great set, it allowed the children and their families to build the suggested items included with the set or to create their own structures.

The large pieces are great for smaller hands still working on motor skills. The plastic pieces are flexible enough for making a variety of creations but firm and sturdy for all of the handling that we are doing.




In the future I would like t o use the sets during fre structured storutimes. I am thinking a storytime in which we build The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig or perhaps some thing to go along with the book Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building. It’s exciting and I am so looking forward to the possibilities of integrating this set during storytime and library programs.
More information on the library programs can be found on the Lansdowne Library website. Visit the library online and then check us out in person.


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I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. Terry says:

    That Tinker Toy set looks like one my Grandson has. He loves it.. Looks like a great Library toy to me. You know the kids will enjoy it.

    1. Rachee says:

      I am going to make a new station sometime this moth for Tinkering.

  2. Scott says:

    TinkerToy has come so far. No more splinters from the broken wooden ones!

  3. Tinker Toys? Oh wow – I remember those from my era – AWESOME!

  4. Jen Schneider says:

    I loved TinkerToys as a kid! Look at all the colors now!

  5. This looks like a lot of fun, My kids would enjoy building things with this.

  6. Rosey says:

    How fun to make a story out of it. And I love the title of the post, totally made me laugh. 🙂

  7. Debbie Denny says:

    Aww I just LOVE them. My kids played with them growing up.

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