Ben and Chloe were given two boxes of WeVeel Twistios for their birthday (“Animals of the World” and “Dinomonsters”).
I had never seen them before so was looking forward to having a go with something new. Ben chose to use the “Monster” box today. The box says they are not suitable for children under three (this is due to the small parts) but we did try to do this with Chloe as she was well supervised. Needless to say it was far too complicated for her and next time we’ll do it when she’s asleep.
The instructions on the back of the box are clearly illustrated and Ben was able to have a good go at following them. It was useful to have clear, numbered, written instructions alongside the images so that I could check we were actually doing the right thing.
Ben kept referring back to the box as we went along to check that he was doing the right thing. The teacher in me noted the educational value of this in terms of being able to follow instructions in the correct order! (For older children you would also be able to point out the features of instructions: numbers, chronological order, bossy verbs etc)
So what do you get in the box?
You are provided with the basic equipment you need to make “7 soft and twistable creations”
“Chenilles” of different sizes (these are basically furry pipe cleaners)
Sticky foam shapes (noses, mouths etc)
19 Pom Poms of varying sizes
We decided to make the green octopus monsters first as he seemed to be the easiest and didn’t need any extra tools or equipment. Ben was able to follow the picture instructions to bend the Chenilles into the correct shapes but needed help from Mummy to twist them all together – he just wasn’t strong enough! Once we had twisted them together we spread the legs out as per the picture and Ben stuck on the eyes and mouth, again carefully referring to the illustrations to make sure he had chosen the right ones.
He was very pleased with his final creation.
| Bending the Chenille and
checking the instructions!
|Adding foam shapes|
|Not a bad first attempt!|
When it came to trying some of the others we realised that we needed glue – I got out the trusty glue stick but then quickly realised it just wasn’t going to be strong enough – had I actually read the box properly I would have realised it suggested a hot glue gun be used for best results – not exactly child friendly!!We decided that as I didn’t want to get the hot glue gun out while Chloe was around (and in all honesty I’d rather not have it out around Ben either) we thought we’d go slightly off piste and rather than follow the instructions for the other more tricky Dinomonsters, we would make a family of Octopus monsters. This meant that Ben was able to work reasonably independently rather than relying on me to glue things in place etc.
|Showing his own, particularly attractive, monster faces!|
I will add some pictures when we make the Wild Animal set up – perhaps we’ll get the hot glue out next time too!
*Disclaimer – I wanted to share a review of this product with you, but the item was paid for by friend as a gift for the children. I did not receive any payment for this post*