Design & Drill® Activity Center
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Design & Drill® Activity Center

Item #4112  | Ages 3-6
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The Big Idea
Kids power up their imaginations and build coordination and creative thinking skills as they drill chunky, child-sized components into a sturdy activity board. Children love following the colorful activity cards to create pictures and patterns—from trains and boats to flowers and fish. Young builders can drill their very own designs! Just snap any one of the drill bits into the power drill or the screwdriver handle, grab a handful of bolts, and turn on the learning fun!

Shh…They’re Learning!
  • Perfect for STEM learning
  • Builds construction and fine motor skills
  • Enhances creativity
Cut to the Chase
  • Kids can drill fun-shaped bolts into the board to re-create the pictures found in the Activity Guide or create their own original designs
  • Chunky plastic bolts, a reversible power drill, a screwdriver, 3 drill bits, a combination wrench for tiny hands
  • 20 Easy-to-follow design activity cards
  • Built kid-tough, durable
  • Requires 3 AA batteries, not included
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Design & Drill® Activity Center
 
3.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

52%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Easy to assemble (10)
  • Lasting fun (10)
  • High quality (8)

Cons

  • Poor design (6)

Best Uses

  • Home (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (18), Education oriented (5), Educator (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (12), No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for preschoolers !

My 3-yr-old son and 4 1/2-yr-old daughter LOVE this product...and so do I. True...it only comes with 1 drill. But it also includes a wrench and a...Read complete review

My 3-yr-old son and 4 1/2-yr-old daughter LOVE this product...and so do I. True...it only comes with 1 drill. But it also includes a wrench and a screwdriver so 3 kids can share and work together. Great for building creativity, concentration, and fine motor skills. Going to put this on top of my list of gifts to buy for my kids' friends.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

carrying case is horrible

The tools and the work tray fit too tightly into the carrying case. I have had to pry the tools and tray out of the case, which was difficult for me and I have...Read complete review

The tools and the work tray fit too tightly into the carrying case. I have had to pry the tools and tray out of the case, which was difficult for me and I have ended up using a knife! Once the screw all come out of the package, there is not enough space in the carrying case to hold them. Also note that you will need two different sized screw drivers to put the batteries into the toy screw driver and toy drill. Cute toy, fun, but the case makes it difficult to enjoy.

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3.0

great gift for my kids with some drawbac

By Marcus the Dad

from Missouri

About Me Education Oriented, Parent

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Assemble
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Home

Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

My kids love this and fought over their cousin's - We got it as a gift from their grandmother. Once we got it home and got it opened though, we found that the screw to open the bottom of the drill did not re-screw into the threads with batteries in it. So now we have the bottom of the gun taped shut and we have to retape it every couple of hours. It's a huge pain but the kids like it in general.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

Great Costumer Service

By Frazzled mom of roadrunners

from Everett WA

About Me Parent

Pros

  • Easy To Assemble
  • Easy To Use
  • High Quality
  • Lasting Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Travel

    Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

    My 3.5 year old, very active, can't sit still for five minute twins love this product. Out of all of the christmas gifts they prefer this toy. The drill stopped working after a short time, so I called costumer service and they replaced it with no hassle right away. Highly recommend it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    1.0

    Drill stopped working

    By modestmousesas

    from Arkansas

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Easy To Assemble
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Lifeless
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

    Used this once and stored it without batteries in it, like the instructions say, for 4 weeks. Took it out, put batteries back in it and nothing happens. I tried brand new batteries and still nothing. Its useless. Very unhappy parent. This seems to happen ofter after reading the other reviews. FIX THIS PRODUCT.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Great product, but...

    By Jenny

    from Madison, WI

    About Me Education Oriented

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

          As an Activity Director that works with seniors in a memory care unit, this is a great idea. However, I would like to propose that a similar product be made that is more appropriate for seniors. I see this product in many of the nursing home supply catalogs for activities. However, I would LOVE to see a brown plastic board (resembling a piece of wood) and gray screws (that resemble actual bolts). This gives a more realistic look for senior adults.

          My 4 year old son has this item as well and he loves it. It works great to strengthen find motor, color recognition, pattern recognition and so many more teaching moments for kids.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Well used

          By practicalgal

          from Michigan

          About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

          Pros

          • Lasting Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Preschool Classroom

            Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

            This has been a great toy for my 5 children and now I have it in my preschool classroom. Heavily used and still in great condition. I visited this site to check if this was still sold! I want another for my classroom along with an extra drill.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Fun and long lasting

            By Nana

            from Dallas, Texas

            Pros

            • Easy To Assemble
            • Easy To Use
            • High Quality
            • Lasting Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

              I gave this as a gift for a 2 year old . It is a year later and he and his 7 year old brother still play with it. Held up very well. Mom wishes there was a bag with it to store the bolts. Purchasing another set for another grandson.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Amazing Customer Service!

              By LLD

              from Victoria, BC Canada

              Pros

              • Customer Service
              • Easy To Assemble
              • Easy To Use
              • High Quality
              • Lasting Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

                  Drill broke. Company was quick to respond to issue. Friendly! Best customer service ever!!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Smoking Gun

                  By The Furiga 4

                  from Tempe, AZ

                  About Me Education Oriented, Parent, Thrifty

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Assemble
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

                  My 3 year old son recieved this for Christmas this year. The second time he played with it the screwdriver started to smoke and now the forward motion will not work. It's too bad because this has the making of a great toy!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Awesome toy!!!

                  By Jake's Mom

                  from Saginaw, Texas

                  About Me Parent

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • High Quality
                  • Lasting Fun

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

                    I bought this toy three years ago for my son, who was 3 years old. I usually pass down his toys to my nephew when my son outgrows them, but my son still plays with this one! I'm now ordering one for my 3 year old nephew because my son won't give it up! Well worth the money, in my opinion!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Ready to order another!

                    By Xenas Mom

                    from North Hollywood Ca

                    About Me Education Oriented

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Assemble
                    • Easy To Use
                    • High Quality
                    • Lasting Fun

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Design & Drill® Activity Center:

                      Just bought this from a yard sale and am ordering another one, its great. I have a 4, 5 and 6 year old and they cannot get enough of this!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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