K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set Review

picture of KNEX Swim Time Ernie Building Blocks

Ernie is ready for summer in his cute flippers, snorkels, and swim suit. K’Nex Swim Time Ernie Building Set is a fun building set for kids ages 2-5. We had the opportunity from K’NEX to review this adorable toy.

Hands On K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set Review

Both my 3 and 5 year old kids enjoy Sesame Street. They were excited to review (ie play with) the K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set! For this review, I’ll document my 3 year old’s reaction. Elizabeth took on the challenge of assembling the 14 piece Ernie set by following the simple picture directions with just some assistance from me. She enjoyed just playing with the pieces during free play to build her own creations to laugh at and play with. The pieces are just the right size for little 3 year old hands to grab and maneuver. Just look at how intent she is to assemble Ernie below.

picture of KNEX Swim Time Ernie being built by 3 year old

The “Play & Learn” activity sheet had fun ideas for Elizabeth and Elijah to play and learn together. The ideas included sorting blocks into various color combinations and finding those colors throughout the house in sort of  a scavenger hunt. There are also great hints on swimming included. Now is the perfect time to introduce K’NEX Swim Time Ernie with summer right around the corner.

Ernie is not just giving your kid a fun time of playing, he’s teaching your kid life long skills. The most obvious is physical development as your child will work on hand-eye coordination. Ernie also strengthens social emotional development by encouraging imaginative play. When you talk about the KNEX creation with your child and prompt them to tell others, this builds language development. Cognitive development is enhanced when your child sorts and makes patterns while working on thinking and problem-solving skills.

The adorable canister that Ernie was packaged in is great for storing all of the pieces until we build him next time. What a great eco-friendly packaging idea from K’NEX.picture of KNEX Swim Time Ernie assembled with canister

The completed Ernie sports flippers, swim suit, snorkel.

picture of Swim Time Ernie KNEX with Elizabeth
100% assembled by 3 year old and proud Elizabeth

My daughter had a great time building K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set. I would recommend this for a kids birthday party present, reward for good behavior or achievement, potty training reward, or just an anytime special treat. I could see this being a great gift for a reluctant child taking swim classes.

Video on Kid K’NEX Sesame Street

Here is a short video on the whole Sesame Street collection of K’NEX building sets. Pick out your kid’s favorite character!

Buy K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set

You can purchase K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set on the K’NEX website for just $12.99. Ernie can also be found nationwide at major retailers. During the month of April, K’NEX will donate 10% of knex.com sales to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

Win K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set (Closed)

Updated: Updated 5/13/10 Winner Announced: Sarah James, entry #89. Congratulations!

K’NEX has generously offered one K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set as a giveaway to one lucky AkronOhioMoms blog follower.

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98 thoughts on “K’NEX Swim Time Ernie Building Set Review

  1. Sarah James says:

    We would love the whole Sesame Street set of KNEX, cookie monster is my son’s favorite.

  2. Jennifer h says:

    Oh my son would love this!! Huge sesame street fan in our house. 🙂 He’s also love the knex zoo building set.

  3. Alli Corley says:

    THese looked like so much fun! I loved K’NEX when I was little, but the Monster Truck set looked like it would be so fun! I wish we had that option when I was younger!

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  11. Kelly Deaton says:

    I’d like to try the Build & Learn with K’NEX Birthdays Around the World Activity with my son. Thanks for the chance!
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  12. Laura B says:

    Looks like K’Nex is donating 10% to the Crohns & Colitis charity in April. (ok not exactly on the tab, but on the sidebar.)

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