|Manufacturer||Melissa & Doug|
|Item Weight||6.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||0.85 x 7 x 4.9 inches|
|Item model number||9524|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
Melissa & Doug DYO Monster Truck
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- Perfect for Parties: This craft kit is designed for children ages 4 to 8. The monster truck is easy to assemble and decorate, and makes a creative, cost-effective party favor
- Helps Develop Multiple Skills: Our Created by Me! Monster Truck Wooden Craft Kit helps children develop hand-eye coordination, creative expression, and self-confidence
- Great Gift for Ages 4 to 8: The Melissa & Doug Created by Me! Monster Truck Wooden Craft Kit is an ideal gift for kids ages 4 to 8; add a Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Plane to round out the hands-on, screen-free play experience
- “The Gold Standard in Childhood Play”: For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”
- 100% Happiness Guarantee: We design every toy to the highest quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we’ll make it right. Our phone number is on every product!
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Get ready to rev up the excitement with this easy-to-assemble monster truck kit. Includes wooden truck, wheels, axles, paint, paintbrush, glue, and truck-themed stickers. An ideal party activity or favor.
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From classic wooden toys to crafts, pretend play, and games, Melissa & Doug products provide a launch pad to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in all children so they can discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose.
Since the company’s founding more than 25 years ago, Melissa & Doug has consistently delivered innovative products that inspire open-ended thinking, encourage kids to see new possibilities, and offer Countless Ways to Play. It’s part of a bigger vision to Take Back Childhood. Because by giving children a true childhood with the space and freedom to explore their world, we give them a path to realizing their full potential!
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I am going to write this review for all 3 of them because they are the same as far as quality and assembly go.
I want to offer some tips and solutions for problems that other reviewers have stated.
First, let's be clear that this is a children's craft! It is messy, fun and isn't going to be perfect. Even though you do come out with wooden toy when all is said and done, it is a craft, not a high quality wooden toy. If you want a high quality wooden toy, go buy one that is already made.
Second, I would not advise using the white glue that comes with the kit, instead use Elmer's wood glue or similar and apply with a qtip.
The white glue will take a long time to set and will not bond as well.
Several reviewers said "the wheels don't turn". I suspect that this is because whoever put the wheels on glued the whole axle into place.
If you put a drop of wood glue into the hole on one set of the wheels and then insert the axle dowels, put the axles through the wooden holes on the vehicle and then repeat the wheels on the opposite side and wipe away any excess glue- then the wheels should spin freely after drying.
For this reason, I would not advise that you let a child glue the kit without assistance!
It is true that the axles are a bit too snug for the wheel holes. It varies per wheel, if you don't want to fight with it you can sand/file down the tips of the dowels but I was able to just lightly tap the wheels on. Try your best to get them straight and they will be fine (more so if you use wood glue).
It is also true that the paint is not washable. Not every craft in a child's life is going to be washable so prepare for a mess with these tips:
1- leave the children in an old pair of shorts or something you don't care if it gets ruined. I wouldn't advise throwing a smock over good clothes because it can get messy.
2- cover the surfaces in newspaper, a drop cloth or paper towels.
3- keep baby wipes or an old wet washcloth near while your little artist(s) is(are) painting! You can apprehend a lot of mess if you desire by wiping their hands and/or their brush when a bit too much paint builds up.
4- if you need to remove paint from a non-cloth surface (table, floor, skin), the paint will come off with nail polish remover.
I heard a few people mention that the stickers can peel off or not stick well. Remember that this is a craft, and they are just regular stickers. They may peel off. Make sure the paint is completely dry before trying to put them on.
All in all, these are great little crafts for the price and all 3 of my kids (ages 2, 4 & 6) truly enjoyed them.
The one caveat for parents is that this kit, like many DIY kits, should have some parental help for glueing the wheels to the axles. Many kids who did it on their own didn't push the wheels far enough in, or slightly crooked, so the trucks didn't roll properly down the track. Fortunately, none of the kids got too upset about that!
Top international reviews
It comes with everything you need to construct and personalize your very own monster truck!
Quality, vibrant paint.
Strong, easily apply glue.
No fuss stickers (can be taken off and reapplied if placed incorrectly).
The paint brush could have been better but it did the trick.
I will be purchasing more :)