Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2007

In this case, an oldie really is a goodie. Simple, non-toxic, and easy to handle, they offer hours of old-fashioned fun. Because of their kid-friendly size, Lincoln Logs can be used by five-year-olds independently and with much delight. Without realizing it, kids will enhance several academic skills: Lincoln Logs offer practice in pattern, proportion and other spatial relationships which support early math. In addition, kids can build dexterity and thinking skills"useful in both math and early writing--as they figure out how to click and clamp the different pieces. Finished structures even lend themselves to mini-social studies lessons about the "olden days." Westward ho! (Hasbro, $34.99)