I knew as soon as I saw Make and Move Minibeasts I knew that this was going to be one for Ben. He loves building and creating things and has recently discovered the joy of Origami – don’t get me wrong he’s not a Japanese paper master by any stretch but he loves being able to follow the instructions and create a 3D model out of paper.
Make and Move Minibeasts by Sato Hisao contains twelve paper puppets for you to press out and play with. The models are all ready to make so don’t need any cutting or sticking – no scissors or glue required (hurrah!).
The book is set out so that the simplest model (a grasshopper) comes first meaning you can steadily build your skills and confidence as you work your way through to the trickiest ( a stag beetle).
The first half of the book comprises of clear, colourful, step by step instructions on how to make each model with the second half of the book being made from a thin card and holding each of the models. It is bound in such a way as to ensure the whole book doesn’t just fall apart the first time you try to use it – though if your child is anything like Ben they will just want to build the full set of 12 minibeasts as soon as they can!
The book is aimed at age 6+ making it ideal for upper KS1 studying minibeasts as a topic this summer term! Because the diagrams are supported with written instructions you might find you need to support younger children with this. Ben is 7 and a half and had no trouble whatsoever with following the instructions and making the first few models in the book. I’m sure his experience of LEGO building probably had something to do with that!
We found the models to be of really good quality, Ben was able to press the parts out without damaging them and put them together to creat surprisingly sturdy minibeasts with moving parts.
* We were provided with a copy of Make and Move Minibeasts free of charge for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own*