What I used for Every Science Project – Kenner’s Iconic Girder and Panel Building Sets

If you were a kid in the 70s or 80s, you probably remember Kenner’s iconic Girder and Panel building sets. These classic toys consisted of plastic girders, panels, wheels and other parts that could be slotted together to construct elaborate imaginative structures.

In their heyday, Girder and Panel sets were a hugely popular toy, advertised on TV and allowing kids an engaging, open-ended building experience. But by the mid-80s, the sets were discontinued as video games and Lego emerged as hot new toys.

While Kenner no longer makes them, the creative spirit of Girder and Panel lives on through modern compatible pieces and building sets. In this post, we take a nostalgic look back at the history and legacy of these fondly remembered construction toys. Relive the magic of slots and beams!

A Day in the Life: Exploring the Wonders of Shelburne Museum with Julian

There is an indefinable magic that pervades certain places, making them feel like they are set apart from the world, living and breathing snapshots of times long past. The Shelburne Museum in Vermont is one such place. My son Julian and I have often found ourselves losing hours in the hallowed rooms and gorgeous outdoor…