K'NEX is one of the most successful construction kits in the world, second in popularity only to Lego. It is based around a series of "Rods", which can be joined together by "Connectors", such as the one shown in our logo. Once they have mastered using these simple components, children and adults alike can use their imagination to make potentially millions of different working models.
It is ease of use and versatility that make K'NEX such a good investment for educational purposes, whether at home, or in schools, clubs, family learning or post-16 education. You will find that there is no upper age limit for enjoying K'NEX - it is suitable for all ages from 5 to 95. There is also a version of K'NEX with bigger components for under 5 year olds, called Kid K'NEX
Building K'NEX models helps children and adults to understand subjects such as structures, forces and simple machines, in the way that Meccano educated an earlier generation. However, Meccano was aimed and advertised exclusively at boys, whereas in our experience both girls and boys find K'NEX easy and enjoyable to use. K'NEX can also often be used effectively by children with learning difficulties, once they have mastered the basic techniques for joining Rods and Connectors together.
A further strength of K'NEX is that, when used to set Challenges, it can help both children and adults to develop skills such as innovation skills, problem-solving skills and team-working skills. These are skills that will be much sought after by employers, whether the child grows up to become an engineer or an artist.
The most recent developments in the K'NEX world are Kid K'NEX
, Micro K'NEX
and K'NEX bricks
, as explained below. Note that, to differentiate between the four different varieties of K'NEX, we refer to the original K'NEX rods, connectors etc as "classic" K'NEX throughout this website. ^Top