“ Brand: Baker Ross „
My son has always loved anything that flies, whether it is kites, planes, birds etc. I saw these and knew he would love them, I wasn't wrong. I bought two sets as having brought the planes like these know that sometimes putting the wings in the slots, can be a bit tricky and I didn't want there to be any broken bits.
Having six different birds was a great surprise to my son and he loved the fact he could colour these however he wanted. They have patterns printed on them, but they dont have to be stuck to, our ones were very light so if you coloured over them, its wasnt obvious. After colouring my sons birds did all look very parrot like but he has always enjoyed colouring in and seeing his creation coming to life before him was almost as exciting as the chance to actually fly them. They are made from polystyrene so I wasn't expecting them to last too long once the flying has started but I was pleasantly surprised. The plastic bit that goes on the birds head, gives it weight and allows the bird to glide effortlessly. They are only £1.99 for six and for this money they are well worth their weight in gold (which isn't really a lot, but they are worth buying!) The other set I bought have been coloured in by my son and are displayed with string from his bedroom ceiling, while he used his original set to fly.
This set of bird gliders is one I bought earlier this year to do with my son when I wanted him to do some calm activities whilst I recovered from my caesarean section with our second son. I ordered the gliders from the Yellow Moon website but they are available direct from Baker Ross. A pack of six gliders cost me £1.99 from Yellow Moon.
The glides are made from polystyrene and are covered in white paper. The paper wing, body and tail all have different designs printed on them depending on which bird it is supposed to be. There is a clear plastic section that goes over the beak of the bird to give the bird some weight to help it fly and to protect the glider when it crashes to the floor.
My son was very impressed when he saw the packs of the birds and spent a long time looking at the various packets to decide which bird he wanted to do first. The packaging itself appealed to him as it showed pictures of birds and them looking all colourful and detailed he was then a little disappointed that they weren't colourful inside till I explained that it was up to him to decorate the birds in the colours he wanted. He really enjoyed colouring in the various birds, as he is 4 years old he does find it hard to stay within the lines of the markings so the birds we created were not as accurate as an older child could get them. We used a mixture of felt tip pens, crayons and pencils to decorate ours and I think really these would be the best medium to use as paint I think may make them soggy and they won't be able to fly.
Once complete the birds do look fun and whilst not greatly realistic you can see that they are trying to give the look and style of different birds due to different shaped wings tails and bodies. Also there is good detailing for the different feather patterns birds have and these waves and edges make it more of a challenge for my son to decide how to colour them in.
The assembly of these birds seems straight forward. First you have to push the wings through the body of the bird and whilst this sounds simply it is a bit tricky for my son to do and I had to do it for all the birds so far as it is a very neat fit. I had been concerned when doing it that I am going to break the bird and my son couldn't get it through at all. As the birds have slightly different wing shapes depending on which bird they are this adds to the difficulty if they have a fuller wing. You then have to insert the tail feathers this was easy to do and my son was more than capable of doing this. You then inset the plastic tip over the beak of the bird and again my son was more than able to complete this task.
Flying the birds was a pleasant surprise as they did fly so well across our lounge and my son loves to race the birds to see which one can fly the furthest.
Overall these are a great set of bird gliders they are fun to decorate and fly well. My son has enjoyed both decorating them and flying them. I would definitely recommend them but you do need a bit of supervision to help the wings go through the body. At £1.99 for six I think they do represent a good buy.