Friday, 3 January 2014

Toy review: Minecraft Paper Craft Shelter

There can't be many parents of school aged children who haven't heard of the computer phenomenon that is Minecraft. This addictive yet educational game has children all over the world well and truly hooked (I am still resisting installing it..). A new line of Minecraft Paper Craft sets have beeb brought which will lure your child away from the computer screen:


Minecraft paper craft shelter

My daughter was keen to try them out:


Minecraft paper craft shelter instructions

The pack was filled with lots of labelled sheets:



Minecraft paper craft shelter

You simply press out the pieces (not too forcefully):


Minecraft paper craft shelter

Then fold along the lines, form into shape and insert the tabs into the pre-cut slots:


Minecraft paper craft shelter forming boxes

It took a lot of concentration and there were a few cries of this is impossible:


Minecraft paper craft shelter concentration required

We found that our crafting sticks were very useful for helping the slots open safely (the instructions suggest a pencil):


Minecraft paper craft shelter partially constructed Steve

It was satisfying to complete Steve:


Minecraft paper craft shelter Steve

Then another fiddly bit to build his tame wolf:


Minecraft paper craft shelter putting wolf tail on

Minecraft paper craft shelter tame wolf

Then we moved on to constructing the main cubes:


Minecraft paper craft shelter brick cube

This got quite competitive between us to build all the varying cubes as fast as possible:


Minecraft paper craft shelter cubes

It took nearly 45 minutes to make everything but it was worth the effort once we started putting them together. There is mortar tape supplied to ensure that your construction doesn't collapse:

Minecraft paper craft shelter mortar tape

My daughter carefully put the blocks how she wanted them to go:


Minecraft paper craft shelter under construction

It looked very like the computer game when it was all together:


Minecraft Paper Craft shelter complete

I do hope that Steve and the wolf enjoy their new home:


Minecraft Paper Craft Steve and the wolf

We had so much fun working together that I am tempted for a future birthday or Easter to buy more from the range! This set has a retail price of £12.99. There are also smaller sets for around £9.99 and a bigger one for £19.99. A great way to get your Minecraft addict off their device...

We're going on an adventure

44 comments:

  1. Aw I love recap blog posts, thank you for sharing! I just published mine too:
    http://lilykitten1.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/best-of-2013-blog-round-up.html

    Happy New Year! x

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  2. your year does sound v exciting!

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  3. Looks like you had a fun time building everyone/everything!

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  4. Sounds like you've had a fab year, I did the Heaton Park Race For Life a few years ago too! Lovely setting to run in!

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  5. This looks fab, my 9 yr old loves minecraft!

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  6. Looks ;like a fab year, well done on all the running

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  7. Looms like a great year, I love how much blogging can bring us!

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  8. Ooh- mine are way too young for any of this sort of stuff but it looks like the sort of thing we'll love in years to come. Does it rival LEGO though...the best toy in the world ever...

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  9. Running....I have my first NY run on Sunday; am feeling inspired thanks to you. Keep it up. X

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  10. its so liberating! good luck :-)

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  11. I keep hearing mention of this Minecraft business but as yet I know very little about it!

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  12. I've heard about this couch to 5k app . . . I'm not sure I dare?! I'm useless at running!

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  13. it worked for me! then moved on to 10k app..

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  14. Expression and Confession3 January 2014 at 22:16

    What a fab year!

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  15. I have only touched the surface 7 yo wants it on his PC..

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  16. Maybe I'll download and it see . . .

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  17. Oooh the boys like this on xbox, defs going to look out for this. Thankyou xx

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  18. This looks so cool. I love stuff like this, there's a book in ASDA where you can create little things and characters x

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  19. Such a amazing times, what precious memories and plenty more to make this year now x

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  20. see my first running post for inspiration http://beckywilloughby.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/first-run-of-2013.html

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  21. was amazing! not sure how 2014 can live up to it ;-)

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  22. definitely need to make more fab memories

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  23. Happy New Year, it looks like 2013 was great for you, hopefully 2014 will be just as amazing xx

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  24. things that get kids off the computer for an hour or so are just wonderful

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  25. Oh what a fab idea! May get this for Zack to take to his granny's to do. Otherwise Max would destroy it. >_<

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  26. Fab year, very active and i'm very jealous of your holidays!! Hope you have an even fab 2014.

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  27. Susan Styles You5 January 2014 at 10:06

    Great to kids actually making stuff!

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  28. Let's Talk Mommy5 January 2014 at 21:07

    These look great and alot of fun but time consuming which is even better. Will have to keep them in mind when my tot gets a bit older. He loves concentrating on new things to put together.

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  29. definitely one for primary aged children but kept us out of mischief for ages

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  30. What a good idea, encouraging teamwork and concentration! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  31. Thanks for linking up this week
    #TriedTested

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  32. thanks for hosting! hope to have time to look at other posts tomorrow...

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  33. my pleasure, will read some more on hop later in week..

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