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#63202
Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Hey all,

I've never used or bought a tile system like this and I had a question. The main reason I'm looking into this is for my daughter. She is currently 3 will be 4 by the time this delivers and is getting tested for autism. She loves to build with blocks and play with some Imaginext type figures. I paint miniatures as a hobby so I have a fair collection of the right sized guys for this terrain.

I was wondering if people who are experienced with this terrain system think it would be good to help with spatial reasoning and imaginative play? I saw the video on how durable this stuff is so that is a great for kids and the grid system seems pretty simple.

I'm currently backing the KS for 5 unpainted sets and I'm hoping to add some elevation stuff and a floor set in the pledge manager for multi-level play. Does anyone have any thoughts or any experience with their kids enjoying these sets?

Thanks,
Scott
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#63203
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I don't have any kids myself. But, there have been a lot of post and vids with people and there kids and DF. The kids seem to love the stuff. So I would say get some I don't think you will be disappointed in them at all.
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#63204
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
On Tom's web site, you can see him play with his kids. It's in French but you can use Google translate.
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#63205
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I do not personally have children, however, I can attest, my cousin loves playing with mine.

I also have a friend who bought 2 sets with the first Dwarven Forge Kickstarter. Her children love playing with them.

The nature of Dwarvenite does lend themselves to being pretty "kid friendly." I've personally smacked tiles together, intentionally dropped them, etc., to see how they stand up, and they did really well. No chips, or visible damage.

Hope this helps!
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#63207
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
My kids enjoy playing with the Game Tiles. My oldest is 11 and youngest just turned 5 and they all love playing with them. Just this evening we celebrated having finished painting the Game Tiles by building dungeons out of them. Here are some videos of what we built, and some of their play:
[video]http://youtu.be/oCVNqyyxO9E[/video]
[video]http://youtu.be/ji2iyLldOcw[/video]
[video]http://youtu.be/72Bt7r19Zl0[/video]

Edit: Not sure what I am doing wrong with the video links. They can be found on my YouTube Channel (DonTheDime) here.
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#63215
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Thanks for the responses everyone. This is a fair chunk of change I'm laying out here and I've been a bit nervous about it, but the images and video of other kids seeming to have a lot of fun helps. Plus I guess even if she doesn't like them right away she still has a lot of years that she can grow more interested in them and I get some fun toys too.
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#63229
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I strongly support using your children to justify spending money on yourself - it is amazing how much money ii spend on my kids and yet i feel guilty for spending a few hundred dollars on myself... ok, more than a few at this point ;)
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#63258
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Hi Scott,
Yes! These 2"x2" "mix and match" "blocks" are great for developing spatial reasoning. And as you daughter gets older, they are excellent catalysts for imaginative play. I'm guessing the "figures" you daughter plays with now are a bit bigger than 25mm scale, but as she gets older, even Lego Friends can go spelunking!
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#63309
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Hi Scott!

I have a near-3-year-old (less than a month away) daughter in the house. She has been pretty cool with all the pieces, mostly aligning them in a straight line and playing with the "high stairs" piece, as well as, the portcullis piece. (I have a minor setup sitting at my home office desk).

She is very good with the pieces, and she calls them "castles" ("Daddy's castles") and they are painted with the Pokorny paints (I've been pretty busy I still have about 4 sets worth to paint)

There really aren't many small pieces in the caverns KS, accepting that the Chasm SG (and whole add-on pack) and a few pieces from the Stalagmite and Mushroom packs. I have to keep an eye on the smaller pieces as we did have another kid and I don't want to find missing smaller pieces in a diaper.

I think it'll be a great addition if you did wind up picking any up.
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#63384
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Thanks for the responses everyone. I kept my 5 base sets and just have my fingers crossed that I can get an elevation pack, floor pack, and the large pedestal pack in the pledge manager if I can swing the extra cash. Her birthday is in November so she may be getting one heck of a present.
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#63407
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
My kids are 7 and 9. They like building with Dwarven Forge stuff, even as early as 5 and 7, when I would sometimes let them build with the Resin product.
Now that I own Dwarvenite, the kids can play with it to their heart's content.

Spacial reasoning? Maybe. Seems to me that it's in the genes. My father was an engineer, I basically am, and my son is very gifted there as well. My daughter will never understand spacial reasoning or "putting things together" like my son (the younger one) does. Our daughter has other great qualities, but the engineer gene didn't get passed to her.
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#63426
Re:Question for people experienced with DF tiles 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
As an educator with 18+ years teaching experience it is my opinion that these are perfect for your child. The unpainted is a good choice as you can control what paint (if any) will be used. There will be small parts so plan accordingly (the doors can come off).

I have degrees in Special Education (BA), Elementary Education (BA), Sociology (BS)and an MAED. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
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