Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Calabot Build it Yourself Robot - Review and #Giveaway (11/06)

Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

The Calafant Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

  • Made from Recycled cardboard.
  • No scissors,  glue or tools needed to build.
  • Completed size: 21 in x 16 in x 9 in
  • Recommended for ages 5 and up
  • ARV $24.99
  • Available from Creative ToyShop
  • Completed project is meant to be decorated by the child using items in the home.
My boys are really enjoying toys that need to be built and assembled right now.  In addition to being great fun, they are also an easy way to sneak in some therapeutic fine motor skills, critical thinking activity, organization, and the fine art of following directions.
When we received the Calabot Robot to review, it was perfect for them.  It came with all of the pieces that you see here.  Each was cut and punched to specifications, and scored along the lines where they needed to be folded for assembly.

Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

A page from the book of directions can be seen below.  They are pictures and diagrams only, so there are no language barriers.

Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

If you look at the next photo, you will see how each piece has tabs and slotted areas so the pieces can slide and fit together easily.

Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

The pieces above are what we used to form the leg you see below.

Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

The construction was fairly simple, the only problem I had was matching the diagram to the pieces we were supposed to be using.  Although in the instruction booklet, it shows each as A,B,C etc, the cardboard pieces are not marked.  We had to match them up by shape.  Stamping each one with a letter would have been a nice touch, but not necessary.  It was still a fairly easy project to figure out.

Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

This is how it looked finished but not decorated.

Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

We painted his body with silver paint, then used markers, pipe cleaners, stickers and our imaginations to decorate him.
Calabot Build it Yourself Robot

The entire assembly took less than an hour.  Painting the entire toy silver was a little bit time consuming, and if I had thought about it, I probably would have done that before assembling the robot!

Doing the rest of the decorating was fun, and is still a work in progress.  Our robot friend is never far away, and we've continued to add to his look.

I don't know if you noticed, but he also has two "pockets" on his upper legs, and they open and close. He also has a back pack, and some open holes for storing small things.

I'm happy to report that he is pretty sturdy, and the pieces are staying together even though we move it around quite often, and is a good fit for older kids.  Because the parts are made from recycled cardboard, it's also good for the environment.

I have been given the opportunity to offer a giveaway opportunity for anyone who is interested in a chance at winning their own Calabot Robot.
    (Giveaway is now closed)
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older and will close at 11:59 EST on November 6th.  Winner will be chosen by the random number generator, and notified by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  No purchase is necessary to win.  Odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries.  Void where prohibited.

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