The geekson is a bit of a dinosaur fan, so when we were asked if we’d like to review a kit to make a Tyrannosaurus Rex out of wood I knew it would be something he’d be very keen to try. He hasn’t really done much crafting before, which is more because I haven’t thought he was old enough to rather than a lack of interest from him. The folks at Interplay sent us a Wood Worx T-Rex Dinosaur kit, and the geekson was very excited to give it a go.
The Wood Worx T-Rex Dinosaur kit includes everything you need to make your own wooden Tyrannosaurus Rex: 23 wooden pieces, 5 little pots of paint, glue, double-ended paint brush, a sheet of stickers and full instructions. It’s all good quality stuff as well – the wooden pieces are well cut and finished with smooth edges. The glue is very sticky, and the paint goes on well.
The kit is sold as suitable for ages 5-12, with a recommendation that 5-7 year olds will need some help, whereas those aged 8 or older should be able to complete the assembly on their own. The geekson is right at the bottom of this range, having only turned 5 a month ago, so he and I sat down to make the T-Rex together. It quickly became clear that he was perfectly capable of following the instructions, and I only needed to show him a couple of times how to put the glue on and press the pieces together for 30 seconds to allow it to dry enough to hold together.
I expected to be able to glue all the parts of the T-Rex together in one session, but when it came to it we ended up completing it over two days, as it became clear that whilst the glue would hold the pieces together well enough for most of the assembly, when we came to stick the legs onto the body it needed to be a bit more solid. So we allowed the legs and body to dry separately overnight, and then put them together the following day, which worked much better.
The geekson then, of course, wanted to paint his dinosaur right away, and was disappointed that we had to leave it overnight again. But come the next day he had an absolute blast making his dinosaur all different colours:
The geekson had a great time making his Wood Worx T-Rex, and I was so impressed with how well he got on that I will definitely be looking to get him more kits like this. It gave us loads of fun making it, and there will be even more fun to be had playing with it.
The Wood Worx T-Rex Dinosaur kit is available on the Interplay website for just £9.99, and from other toy retailers as well. I’ve found it on Amazon (affiliate link) currently for just £7.28. It’s a great price for an excellent quality kit, and the geekson and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Disclosure: We were sent the Wood Worx T-Rex Dinosaur kit for the purposes of this review. All words and opinions are my own. The Amazon link in this review contains my affiliate information – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment at no additional cost to you.