Roominate Studio-a way for 6 to 12 year old girls to develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills through building their own bedroom and constructing all sorts of furniture, accessories, and decorations. You name it, you can build it–if you have enough pieces, that is. This kit comes with 4 wall panels, 24 building pieces, 16 connectors, 1 motor, 1 switch, 1 battery pack, 1 screwdriver, pieces of colored paper, and a plastic doll and dog. That sounds like a lot at first, but when you start building, it takes at least 4 connectors to build the foundation which then leaves you with 12 connectors and 24 building pieces with which to construct. I was able to create 3 or 4 things with the given pieces, but if you really want to get creative, you will need to buy additional kits. Each kit costs $30-37 depending on where they’re purchased, which seems pricey for what’s included.
I found that this toy’s box a bit misleading from the claims mentioned. It is implied that important technology skills are involved with regard to the electricity piece of this kit when all that’s involved is connecting a few wires together and making one motor spin. They also wrote on their box that this set “teaches self-confidence.” I found this statement a little bit odd because it can get to be a bit frustrating for the younger crowd experimenting with this toy which would do the opposite of “teaching self-confidence”. I am an individual that has had plenty of hands-on experience with free-formed building and I will be the first to admit that I did give up a few times on connecting certain pieces and getting some things to work in the directions. “If I bought this as a first grade teacher I would be very disappointed, very disappointed.” Mary Owens, a first grade teacher from Aspen Elementary school stated,”It just seems like something my class would put together once and never touch again. It would just stay on the shelf.” Additionally, when you make the motor spin, it can get caught in hair and be tricky to get out.
It is peculiar how they direct this product towards only girls. On the box it isn’t that obvious besides the pink color and the picture of a girl playing with the switch, but if you go to their website, it seems like they don’t even want boys to touch the pieces.
I would give this toy 2 out of 5 stars. It doesn’t come with enough pieces, has misleading information, and excludes boys. I recommend this toy to 7-9 year olds that really enjoy building, have patience, and love cutting creative things out of blank sheets of paper. Anyone younger than 7 might be frustrated, not be able to put pieces together, and not have an overall pleasant experience with this toy. Anyone older than 9 would find this to be a bit on the easy side and get bored within minutes of opening it.