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I purchased this set for my five year old nephew who is absolutely fascinated by dinosaurs, so I guessed it would probably be a big hit with him. He is also very creative and loves to draw and paint, so I thought he would probably be quite interested and excited to make his own little wooden T-Rex. I was right! When I presented the box to him and explained what it was, he wanted me to help him make it straight away! Without any delay he proceeded to open the box and tip out all the contents.
The box includes everything you need to make the finished product. There are 24 wooden pieces, a little glue pot, some paints, a paint brush and a sheet of stickers. The first job was to glue the wooden pieces together. We used the easy to follow instructions to glue the pieces together, and gradually it started to take on the shape of a dinosaur. The pot of glue is tiny, but there's enough to stick all the pieces together. We completed this step without too much difficulty and he wanted to paint the dinosaur straight away. I explained that we would have to wait for the glue to dry properly, which he sulked about for a little while. However it didn't take too long to dry and then we moved on to the painting...This was the messiest part.
We laid out some newspaper and got started on the painting. The paintbrush isn't of the best quality, but it is good enough and serves it's purpose. My nephew first started to copy the design of the dinosaur shown on the front of the box, but soon decided that he wanted to add a few more colours here and there. He had a look of concentration on his face and was really getting into it. The pots of paint are tiny and green was the colour he used the most. He had to scrape the last bits of green out of the pot. As the dinosaur had been glued together, he found it a little difficult to paint the belly and inside legs, but he had fun trying, and a little giggle about it. Once he had finished painting he wanted to put the stickers on. I explained we had to wait for it to dry properly first. "Oh no not waiting for it to dry AGAIN!" he exclaimed, and reluctantly left his dinosaur to dry.
He really enjoyed putting on the stickers and took time to make sure they went on in the correct place. Once it was all completed he proudly showed it off to his mum. He particularly liked the fact that the head rotates round and he can move the dinosaurs mouth so that it opens and closes. He played with it for a little while and tormented his little sister with it, pretending that the T-Rex was trying to bite her. He roared, she squealed and ran away, but they were both having fun. All of a sudden the head of the dinosaur fell off (as you don't glue that part to allow it to rotate) My nephew looked upset at first, but once he saw it wasn't permanently damaged and could be fixed he laughed about it and kept making his head fall off on purpose. He took it back home with him to display in his room and said he was going to show all of his friends.
This set was part of the junior artist range. I bought it from ELC website and it was £8, however there was a deal on at the time and I was able to buy two products from the junior artist range for a total of £10. I think it was a great product and well worth the money for the amount of fun my nephew got out of it. It also helps children develop their fine motor skills and encourages them to use their imagination and be creative. Fab stuff.
At a Glance Make, paint and decorate your very own T-Rex Features and benefits for ELC Paint Your Own Wood Worx T-Rex Dinosaur A fantastic art & craft project to make and display. Make, paint and decorate your very own T-Rex. With realistic moving parts, bring your model T-Rex to life.whats in the box: 24 wooden pieces, 6 paint pots, 1 brush, 1 glue pot, stickers and instructionsSuitable from 5 years.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. What's in the box: 24 x Wooden pieces 6 x Paint pots 1 x Brush 1 x Glue pot Stickers and instructions