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
  • 120 Chunky plastic bolts in 5 colors, a reversible power drill, a screwdriver, 3 drill bits (Phillips, socket, flathead), and a combination wrench for tiny hands
  • 20 Colorful easy-to-follow design activity cards
  • Built kid-tough, durable
  • Requires 3 AA batteries, not included
OUR AWARDS
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  • National Association of Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) 2003
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award 2003
  • Family Fun Magazine - Toy of the Year Awards 2003 Finalist
  • Canadian Toy Testing Council 3 Star Seal 2003
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2004
  • iParenting Media Award Toys and Games 2003
  • "Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award 2003"
  • Parents' Choice 2003 Recommended Award
  • "Learning Magazine 2004 Teachers' Choice Award - For the Family"
  • U.K.'s Good Toy Guide 2007 Best Toy Awards - Gold
  • Creative Kidstuff Fyling Tiger Vendor Award 2007

 

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Design & Drill Activity Center Guide

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Educational InsightsDesign & Drill® Activity Center
 
3.4

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (17)
  • Easy to assemble (12)
  • Lasting fun (12)
  • High quality (10)

Cons

  • Poor design (6)

Best Uses

  • Home (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (19), Education oriented (6), Educator (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (13), No (8)

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

 

Great toy but drill broke less than 6 we

Purchased this for Christmas 2014 for three and five-year-old grandchildren… Boy and a girl… They both loved it… Still play with it even though drill stop working and new...Read complete review

Purchased this for Christmas 2014 for three and five-year-old grandchildren… Boy and a girl… They both loved it… Still play with it even though drill stop working and new batteries does not fix the issue...irks me to have to order another this early after purchase...

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5.0

A Favorite Toy!

By Carla C.

from Fort Dodge, IA

About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

Pros

  • Durable
  • Educational
  • Engaging

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoor
    • Special Needs
    • Young Children

    Comments about Educational Insights Design & Drill® Activity Center:

    I bought this for three boys we adopted 12 years ago. One is 15 now, special needs, and he continues to love this toy! We are buying our 3rd drill because he broke it (He is tough on toys). I am so thankful you continue to provide replacements, as he has only a few favorite toys that he plays with over and over.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    The create one

    By Nam Le

    from CA

    Comments about Educational Insights Design & Drill® Activity Center:

    This is great product

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    4.0

    Great one

    By Nam Le

    from CA

    Comments about Educational Insights Design & Drill® Activity Center:

    This is a great product.

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    5.0

    The kiddos love it!

    By Bobbie

    from Boise Idaho

    About Me Educator, Parent

    Pros

    • Easy To Assemble
    • Easy To Use
    • High Quality
    • Lasting Fun
    • Owned 2 Sets For Years

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Outside
      • Preschool Setting

      Comments about Educational Insights Design & Drill® Activity Center:

      we have had 2 sets of these drills for about 10 years. Very good quality and kids love em. We lost a drill bit, and educational insites were awesome to work with.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Great toy but drill broke less than 6 we

      By Gigiof3

      from Mt Pleasant NC

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Educational Insights Design & Drill® Activity Center:

        Purchased this for Christmas 2014 for three and five-year-old grandchildren… Boy and a girl… They both loved it… Still play with it even though drill stop working and new batteries does not fix the issue...irks me to have to order another this early after purchase...

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        great gift for my kids with some drawbac

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        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 Educational Insights 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 Educational Insights 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 Educational Insights 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.

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          • Yes

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great product, but...

          By Jenny

          from Madison, WI

          About Me Education Oriented

          Comments about Educational Insights 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 Educational Insights 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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