Creatto have recently teamed up with Thames & Kosmos; the home of the science kit, and released their new range of 3D light-up building kits. From Unicorns to Dragons, there’s something for everyone.
As T is getting older, we’re getting used to finding new and exciting ways to get creative at the weekend – especially as the weather doesn’t know what to do with itself! Most weekends we’ll end up building some sort of Lego creation, but it’s always good to mix it up!
Creatto Kits come with durable but flexible plastic tiles. This means that once you’re finished with one creation, you can collapse it and build another. No additional tools or skill sets are required! Also included are a set of light for display purposes after. You will need to supply a USB cable for power.
We don’t tend to look too much into the recommended ages for toys and games, as we enjoy a challenge. So when we saw that this particular kit is aimed at ages 10+ we didn’t read into it that much. We were wrong. This was fiddly – even for Sharon’s practical mind.
Whilst the pieces interlock very easily, the instructions weren’t always easy to read. Sometimes, the perspectives would be a little “off” in our opinion.
Thankfully, we soon found that Creatto have created a series of different walkthroughs on YouTube, which eventually made the instructions much easier to decipher. I would still ignore the recommended assembly time! Take your time and don’t rush.
The total time to build the model was between 2-3 hours with a small break in between. Once we (read: Sharon) got the gist of the instructions we were well on our way and it was then about getting everything popped into place.
Once all the pre-assembly bits, such as popping the pieces out of the moulds, were done it was then a case of slotting them together. T helped on and off throughout the build as he often had to wait for us to understand the instructions, but there were occasions when he saw the model from a different angle!
T enjoyed seeing the model grow (especially when the teeth went on!), but at the same time he was dying to put other pieces in place and build it the way he wanted to like he would with Lego. All-in-all it was a decent activity and the end result is superb!
I’m not going to lie, the finished model is really impressive. If it wasn’t for the pure fascination in regards to what the other models look like, I’d almost be tempted to keep it up as a permanent feature in T’s bedroom.
Aside from the instructions, the model is both flexible and durable, and can act as a play model or a piece of art. I really do appreciate that you can disassemble and reassemble depending on what you want to display. To then add the lights is the cherry on top.
It was the perfect activity for a rainy afternoon. Looking ahead, we’re really keen to add more Creatto Kits to our collection.