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Best Ways to Introduce TECHNIC / POWER FUNCTIONS to Your Children
Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I put it here because I am looking for advice with what to buy.
My daughter just turnd six years old and is attending Lego camp this week (Jedi Engineering put on by Play-Well, Org.). They used some power function stuff today to build things (mostly just windmill looking things, gotta start somewhere, right). I am thinking it would be beneficial for her to have some of this stuff at home, but I am not sure what to start with. I don't want to go hog wild, and I can't spend more than about $80-100 - if she uses it lots, we will add to it later.
So I would like to get a starter power functions motor/battery set, and it looks like 8293 is good for that. Does it make sense to get a second motor and battery box? Can one battery power more than one motor? Do I need extra cables? Does the Lego stores carry these pieces or are they online only?
I also want to get her some beginning technic pieces. Whatever little bit we have is part of bigger sets (aka my sets) that I don't wante to mix up, so assume we have none. What set(s) would give her a decent selection of pieces, with the most bang for my buck? I don't raally care so much about what the set itself builds, more what would give her pieces to play around with.
We have tons of regular bricks and some wheels, but more wheels wouldn't be bad. I expect her to build mostly windmill type things to start, and she said she wants to make a car for her Lego friends that she can drive them in( so maybe I need a remote too, corded is fine, but I could get that later, too).
On a side note, there are 20 kids in this camp. Guess how many girls? One. For all that Lego is a gender neutral toy, that doesn't seem to translate to six years old camps.
Thank you for any advice :)