Disclaimer: We were given Tangle for the purposes of this review. All opinions – including twists, turns, and quiet fidgeting – are all our own.
We are a family that likes to have something to do with our hands. I notice that the boys – particularly our youngest – is almost always holding something. He also is fascinated with movement and mechanics, so when I first saw Tangle by ZURU, I knew it would be something that he would enjoy.
Tangle is a series of connected links that twist and turn smoothly and quietly.
It comes in different styles and colours, like Classic
You can shape and unwind and connect with other Tangles, because the links separate and snap back together.
The links were a bit hard to connect at first; some help from big brother was in order.
After you unsnap them a few times they become easier to unfasten, but, so far as we have found, not so easy that they fall apart on their own.
The boys made jewelry,
twirling links (but be careful, they hurt if they hit you!)
playful tug-of-war ropes,
used them to fashion letters and numbers
And just check out the fine motor skills it encourages; hand/eye coordination, anyone?
Tangle is an excellent after school quiet activity. (Well, the brief twirling experiment was loud, but otherwise it was quiet – what can I say? Kids.) Add another Tangle (or more) of a different colour and they also make a great sequencing activity.
I often find a Tangle by the computer where the boys will watch YouTube videos. Even my husband got hooked on the gentle movement of the smooth links.
Tangle is a fun, versatile, and creative toy that has become very popular around our house. Recommended for kids 3 and up because the links are quite small on their own. If you have kids that like to keep their hands busy, or like to play with connecting toys and movement, I think they would like it, too.
How do you keep your hands busy?