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Papertoy Monsters: 50 Cool Papertoys You Can Make Yourself! Paperback – December 29, 2010
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However, when he tried to pop the paper pieces out himself, he couldn't help but rip the paper with his little hands, and it was too hard for him to apply glue very accurately to very small areas, pull the paper together, and hold it long enough for it to adhere. A 9-year-old with excellent motor skills and a very long attention span might be able to do the easiest of the easy patterns. I don't have kids myself so I may not be the best judge, but this 9-year-old would have gotten very frustrated and sad if he hadn't had his auntie around to make a bunch of monsters for him.
That said, as an adult I admit I was sort of glad that I got to make the monsters because it was so fun. The pattern pieces are clearly labeled, the instructions are excellent and very clear, and it was really easy to put them together with a very good quality glue stick.Read more ›
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However, there are a few problems I had with the layout. Although the toys are pre-perforated, it is quite difficult just to punch them out - I had to use an x-acto knife (not an option for kids). I don't think kid-friendly scissors could be as exact as necessary in order to cut out some parts of the toys either, so any cutting would have to be done with parental supervision.
Also, the toys are printed on thinner paper (thinner than an average piece of cardstock). My craft glue tended to make the paper disintegrate, so I would suggest using double-sided tape or glue dots for construction. I also agree with another reviewer that this is not a book for younger kids - the toys are just too difficult for children to handle. I would suggest an age range of at least 10 years old (probably more like 12 and older). Also, remember that there is no CD-ROM included in this book, so any mistakes are permanent (no re-printing). Since the toys are double-sided, it is quite difficult to make practice copy, too.
I just bought a paper airplane paper craft book (for $17!) because it was the only one at the bookstore similar to this one. Bad idea for a few reasons... Paper airplanes just work great by folding paper, not delicately crafted from punched out parts. It's kinda like trying to reinvent the mouse trap. Anyway. The book was pale & bland in comparison so I'm off to search for another book that can keep us all entertained & amused for days before we finish these last few monsters!Read more ›
I would recommend this book for kids ages ten and up (although younger kids will be able to help and play with the monsters). Any younger and the parent will end up doing most of the work. How to books are great for kids to work on reading carefully and following directions.
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If you have a kid between like 7 and 12 years old who is interested in art or crafting, this is a great gift. Read morePublished 25 days ago by M. Pelland
I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband -who loves Legos- as something different. ..it was definitely a big hit. And my kids love watching him make the monsters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is more difficult than I'd hoped and is a challenge for my eight year old's fingers.Published 1 month ago by porchmoonlight
This is a wonderful book. The monsters are super cute, and many are very cleverly designed, like the squid with articulating slits in the tentacles that allow them to bend freely. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Narciso Jaramillo
These are so cute! Here's a picture from my 22-year-old daughter's apartment.Published 2 months ago by Bedrockmom
I can't recommend this book enough. My family has been through two of these and we may get another at some point. I have two boys - 9 and 11. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Etta Wildberry
This is a fantastic book--well organized and presented, with clear instructions. The best part is that all the pieces are perforated beautifully, so they pop out easily. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Kalamaras