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3D Birds of Prey Construction Set
Birds of Prey Construction Set

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Ages: 6-12
Grade Levels: K-4th

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Product Code: 192-140
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If your family is like ours, then you've been enjoying peering into a bald eagle's nest in BC via the wonders of a live webcam. How fascinating it is to watch the parents feed and protect their newly-hatched chicks. Now your child can make his own eagle and other intriguing birds with this lovely kit. Birds of Prey provides enough possible combinations to create flocks of flying creatures. Instructions are included to build both the gorgeous eagle and owl or smaller and less complicated birds.

About Bloco construction sets:
It's not just me; research concludes that children learn a lot by designing and building things. Many skills are rooted in the act of construction: creation, examination, and problem solving are but a few. Construction will encourage your child to separate complicated tasks into manageable bites. The nature of building complex models encourages children to think about multiple steps of assembly at the same time, particularly when working with gears or fussy pieces. Based on my own engineering background/bias, I believe that construction is one of the most valuable educational processes available and that both learning to build and learning by what has been built should be a part of every family's curriculum.

High-Interest and Appeal
But some children have zero interest in building and creating. Possibly it is because most construction kits emphasize vehicles, machines, and other man-made innovations. If your child's inclinations are more creation-based, if he would rather build a realistic animal or a lifelike fish, consider Bloco with its uniquely-shaped, high-density foam and specialized plastic connectors that both link and rotate pieces.

Builds Easy, Flat Models and Complex 3D Animals
This one-of-a-kind construction kit allows your child to build simple, flat models and extraordinary 3D animals like lizards and lions. Each set comes with detailed illustrated designs, and sets can be combined to allow the creation of even more interesting creatures. Colorful and appealing when completed, these are not simple slaptogether kits. Our experience is that younger children, unless highly motivated, are initially going to find some of the more complex models "impossible." Instead of becoming irritated, rejoice; it means that by the time your child completes the projects he will have learned something and you will have gotten your money's worth. Each Bloco set makes an assortment of creatures, from sharks to eagles to zebra, each one worthy of display. All sets are fully compatible. Suitable for ages four to twelve.

Bloco sets listed in order of difficulty:
Savanna in Pyjamas
Scorpions and Insects
Marine Creatures
Birds of Prey
280 pieces

This set is targeted toward bird lovers as the finished models can be used as decoration to highlight any room. With its 280 pieces, it provides enough possible combinations to create flockfuls of original flying creatures. The set also includes instructions to build smaller and less complicated birds.

Made in Canada; the foam is manufactured in Taiwan.

CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

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Review by Organized Chaos January 11, 2012
Reviewer: Sarah from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
We have a good age range, so that really helps us see if the age recommendation on items like this are accurate in our opinion.

First, I'll talk about the item and packaging itself. The construction set is made up of a fairly sturdy high density foam. The parts that you use to hold the foam together are plastic. When you open the box you find several cut out sheets of the different shaped parts that you just need to pop out of the sheets, a bag with the plastic connectors and the instructions for building the birds of course. It took my older 3 boys roughly 15 minutes to to pop all of the pieces out of the sheets.

The instructions picture each step, so it is easy to understand and does not require your child to be able to read. My 5 and 6 year old boys just needed a little assistance with getting the joints in really well so that the model was sturdy, but otherwise could do it themselves. My 9 year old had no issues at all. Depending on the model, this could be a good 20 - 30 minute project (maybe even longer for some) between finding the right pieces and constructing it. Long enough to make them think and use their motor skills, but not so long that they become bored. My 3 year old did also build his own little model he thought up on his own :).

I would say that the age recommendation is pretty accurate. Younger children with good motor skills can enjoy this as well. My only gripe about these particular models is that they don't stay standing up well. My boys built the Eagle together first and they wanted to keep it on their shelf in the school room to show daddy when he visited on the weekend (He's away doing Navy junk and has been visiting on the weekends until he's done). I can't tell you how many time that thing has fallen over! Otherwise, it's a pretty neat set and my boys, who love to build, have been enjoying it. It's a great filler that wont turn their brains to mush. If your child doesn't care to build things, this probably isn't for them.

Read the rest of this review at http://www.organizedchaosblogs.com/2011/11/timberdoodle-review-bloco-construction.html

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Great for Determined Children October 19, 2010
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Oberlin, OH United States  
This puzzle can be very challenging, as the instruction guide can be a little tricky for young children (under age 8) to follow.  That being said, the process of actually building each bird and succeeding with the desired results is an amazing boost to a child's ability understand spatial relations.  We love to watch our DD work through the challenges and beam with pride and joy as she shows us her completed birds.  Highly recommended.

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