Both girls and I LOVE Kaleidographs! E(3) loves to create her own designs.
O(6) and I love to make the patterns from the included pattern sheet. I love that the patterns are challenging enough for me, but easy enough for O to be successful.
With each new design, O and I studied the patterns and determined which cards we needed. Then we worked together to decide in which order to place the cards and how to orient them. We had to make many adjustments as we worked, and it was so much fun!
After copying the patterns for a while, O had fun creating her own patterns.
Here is a description of the Kaleidographs from Red Hen Toys...
"Crystalline geometries in brilliant color ... the 9 die-cut cards (and 3 solid backers) of the Kaleidograph® can be arranged into billions of designs. Based upon geometry in nature, the Kaleidograph upholds the tradition of the original creative design toys of the Froebel Kindergarten system that are known to have influenced Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, Piet Mondrian, and design education at the Bauhaus. Like the floral forms found in nature, the Kaleidograph Flora is based on interconnected circular radial forms which can be assembled and overlaid into hundreds of millions of possible patterns. Richly personal and environmentally friendly, the Kaleidograph Flora is a toy for all ages. It fosters creativity, rewards with surprise, and brings out the designer in everyone."
I highly recommend Kaleidographs, and we plan to buy the Kaleidograph Crystal set, too!