Both my husband and I are fortunate enough that our mums saved our most favourite and timeless toys, which are currently residing in boxes in the attic. For hubby it was because his mother passed over the decision about what he wanted to get rid of or keep, from my mum it was because she wanted me to be able to pass them on to my children to play with.
Hmm, do you think The Boy will want daddy's Meccano or mummy's Flower Fairies?
The Boy's daddy is looking forward to the age when he is old enough to play with Meccano (so am I secretly, because I was always more of a tomboy) but that day is stil a year or two off in all honesty. Meccano do a fabulous range of 5+ Meccano including Build and Play, Construction and Rescue Team, and offered to send a set out to me for review. I was only too happy to accept as I have a five year old nephew who loves making things but hasn't encountered Meccano yet.
Boy Cousin was extremely excited to get started and we sat down together to make one of the two possible models in the Mini Build & Play Case (Green Vehicle). The instructions were good with a very clear diagram for each step showing which parts were needed for each stage. Boy Cousin did need a little bit of guidance to understand the instructions, but this was the first time he'd done something like this before. He really enjoyed using the screwdriver and once he'd got going on assembling the vehicle, all he needed me for was holding the parts in place while he tightened them up.
As you can see, he adored the green vehicle that he made and kept hugging the box. Boy Cousin then proceeded to take it all apart, put it back in the box, take it out and start to make his own model from his own imagination. Who needs instructions anyway!
I have a Mini Build & Play Case (Blue Vehicle) to give away to one lucky reader. In order to be in with a chance of winning this, please do the following:
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I want to win a @Meccano_UK set http://www.theboyandme.co.uk/?p=2769
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Competition closes on Sunday 3rd July 2011 at 8pm. I will draw the winner at random and contact them that evening. The winner will need to reply within 48 hours or I will redraw the competition.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
Using random.org I have drawn a winner:
Congratulations to Jennifer Stokes!