Internal organs and skeleton pieces are put together to create a model shark. Kit includes 20 parts, display stand and pegs, and an instruction booklet.
All the pieces snap and click together. Once finished, the toy is able to be displayed on any bookshelf, table, or dresser.
The end result of this model is quite striking. The shark is realistic looking on one side, and the opposing view displays the internal workings through the clear cover. Swimming through the water, mouth open, teeth barred, the pose is dynamic and impressive.
We found the pieces to fit together with enough ease that we would recommend for children around 9 or ten, or even a few years younger if their patience and fine motor skills are up to the challenge. With that said, there may be some occassions in which an adult is needed to help determine which direction a certain piece may need to be added, or just to help hold objects steady during assembly.
We enjoy toys that provide opportunities for children to work with adults in the completion of a project. Learning cooperation, patience with others, and how to offer suggestions and solutions in a polite manner are all skills that can be improved when children work with others. Additionally, giving kids time to explain their knowledge and love of a subject, such as sharks, is a way for them to learn how to express their interests and gain confidence in their communication skills. It's also just an all around good way to bond.
We have received reports of pieces not staying in place during construction, but we did not find this to be an issue. If desired, glue can be used during assembly to ensure that pieces never move out of place, but we strongly suggest making completely sure the pieces are in the correct alignment before using any glue.
The pegs are stable and hold the model in place so that the base can move around without much fear of it all falling to pieces.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth
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Parts and Pieces
All required parts are included with this kit.
This kit contains small pieces that could be easily swallowed by very young children.