I think so. Hella to the "yes!" There's truly nothing better than Revell's "Visible V8" model. That's what I had when I was a kid. (Please ignore the moth storm, smell of linament, and the dust cloud.)
My own kid bought the modern version (with a very subtle pressure from his father) and he learned a bunch. The modern version isn't quite the same as the vintage one I did four decades ago, but in some ways it's better. The original only came with assembly instructions. The modern version comes with posters and charts that actually explain real-life operation.
This kit is now quite expensive, but careful shopping and observance of "eBay" type venues might land you a deal. (Grandpa sometimes pays full boat, and grandson [grandaughter?] has no interest outside of Xbox.) A shame in my opinon, but another story.
Although it doesn't teach how to work on an engine, it does a fine job of showing in an active visual context the timing, process, strokes of the "Otto" cycle, and the general arrangement of parts. Granted, it's representing 4-5 decade (acutally six or more, I've been deducting years now according to my AARP plan) old engine technology, but the strokes haven't changed ("suck, squeeze, bang, blow") and ...
a fundamental understanding of the parts, timing, strokes, camshafts, distributor, crankshaft, etc. is the best foundation for any attempt at working on an internal combustion engine.
I can teach you how to use wrenches and sockets and screwdrivers safely in the first two weeks of my class. A knowledge that says "I own this" about the Otto cycle takes many many hours of study and experience.
SO... Check out the neo-ancient Revell Visible V8. If you need help, let me know--I am very good at sniffing the glue. ERRRR, I mean helping educate.