Toy reviews

Ravensburger GraviTrax Starter Set

By Linda Nguyen

Ravensburger GraviTrax Starter Set

Best forKids interested in STEM toys, experimentation and design

Top BenefitsSTEM toy that introduces the basics of physics

ConsiderationsFour-piece cardboard base is quite large when assembled, toy cannot be moved easily if track system is constructed

Bottom lineThe Ravensburger GraviTrax Starter Set gives kids a hands-on introduction to gravity, magnetism and kinetic energy, with helpful quizzes and a user-friendly design.

Buy

toysrus.caCAD $69.99
amazon.comUSD $59.99

Features

  • 9 tracks to build, with 3 levels of difficulty
  • 24 different tasks, with 6 levels of difficulty
  • Expansion sets (sold separately) let kids experiment further

Review

Experience the forces of gravity, magnetism and kinetic energy through play with the Ravensburger GraviTrax Starter Set, an interactive marble track system that provides endless opportunities for your kid to learn and experiment through hands-on building. The GraviTrax Starter Set provides nine models to build and 24 tasks to tackle, all with varying levels of difficulty—or your creative kid can freestyle their own marble runway. (Storage-wise, you might want to transfer pieces into resealable bags as the original packaging doesn’t keep everything contained, but the box is sturdy and storable whether in the closet or under the bed.) A four-piece mat is the foundation for durable track pieces that stacked easily, making it an activity kids can do solo. Although some pieces in shades of white can be hard to differentiate based on the construction booklet, a little trial and error will encourage problem solving to get those marbles rolling again.

It's well made—much better than other marble runs our kids have played with—and impressive in its ability to teach problem solving in a fun way. Lots of long-term play value here, too. Our kids played with it for more than an hour at a time!” —Alex, mom of two

This article was originally published on Oct 12, 2018
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