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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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My 8yr old boy loves this book! The instructions aren't as clear as I'd like and leave us wondering a bit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mel
Purchased for my 9 year old son, but ended up using during done mom/son time, with him building the easier ones and me the more advanced. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jami Lewis
So much fun! Bought as a gift for a 9 yo. They loved putting it together.Published 3 months ago by Alexis Garcia
Who knew monsters could be so cute? I bought this for my daughter but ended up liking it as much as she does and maybe more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by eslee
Purchased this book for my daughter and she loved it. Book was brand new with no flaws and meet expectations. Great buy.Published 3 months ago by Joe Tex
We have purchased this same book twice because we love it. My five year old daughter has done all of them in both books (she doesn't follow the number instructions, she does it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Naomi Tapia