Although these books have a recommended age of around 8+, both my 6 and 7 year old boys did a fine job of making the models, with only a minimum of help. They weren't the only ones who got excited by the models though...
Both books need glue to hold the models, but that is the only equipment you will need to make the 20 different models in each book. No scissors, no cutting, the parts press out very neatly and easily.
Paper Aliens by Jennifer Bryan has 20 different aliens ranging from the beefy gorilla-like The Champ, to Blossom, who looks like a flower. Each has varying skills and abilities and so they end up far more evenly matched in battle than you'd expect.
Some models are made from a single piece of shaped paper, but in Paper Aliens most are 2 or 3 which glue together. It's very accessible to my 6 year old, who built The Champ entirely by himself. At the back of the book there are two game suggestions and the 24 press out game cards. There really is a lot to do in this 96 page activity book.
The models press out really well, with hardly any tearing, even for younger children. Instructions are clear and actually, even making the more complicated models is really straightforward. Start by matching the no.1's, then the 2's etc.
Paper Robots by Alexander Gwynne again has 20 models over 96 pages, with games and cards at the back of the book. We agreed the robots were slightly more difficult to make than the Paper Aliens.
Thermo is one of the more difficult models, but my 7 year old went straight for that one, and made a great job of him. Again you do need glue, but most of the robots use a single piece of paper, which is generally more fiddly.
With both books we were really impressed with how intricate the models are, and how impressive. There are some amazing details, and everyone who has made some of the models has felt very proud of them when finished.
These are lovely books and will give hours of entertainment and a sense of pride to any child aged around 7+. The models are brilliant, extremely varied and there will definitely be some that appeal to all readers.
Paper Aliens and Paper Robots are published by Ivy Press at QuartoKnows and both retail at £8.99. Suggested for age 8+, we think they're okay for children aged 7+, or younger if your child is manually dexterous (e.g. has spent several years using little LEGO).
I'm delighted to announce that Ivy Press have given me two sets of both books to give away to my readers. Two entrants will each receive copies of both Paper Aliens and Paper Robots.
Entry to the giveaway is by Gleam form below. No entry is mandatory, but each extra task completed wins you extra entries into the draw. UK entrants only, please see the terms and conditions at the bottom of the Gleam form. The giveaway will end at midnight Sunday 24th July 2016.
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Paper Aliens and Paper Robots 4 Book Giveaway!