Sunday, 20 November 2016

My boys becoming builders with #realconstruction

The boys had Real Construction sets on their Christmas lists for Santa, but when I was offered a chance to review I thought I would say yes instead because I didn’t really know what to expect.

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As it was the sets proved to offer so much for the price, the boys were so excited seeing all the contents of the box (the Deluxe Workshop set especially); youngest was saying “Oh Yes, Oh Yes!” as he eagerly unwrapped each tool and set out the planks.

The planks are quite soft you can feel the material through the box before you buy which is handy.

It was lovely seeing the boys bubbling over with enthusiasm before we even got started making anything.  But once building was under way and the boys had tried taking measurements, sawing and hammering they were in their element.  Eldest said “I’m actually a builder” and this is “pretty fun”.

They really benefited with quality time with their dad showing them how to do the different things.  

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The boys were making a speedboat that was mentioned in the October Beano magazine, it didn’t have exact measurements so it was more of a guesstimate but the end result looked great and everyone was very happy with their achievements.

Afterwards we let them build more freely, there is a leaflet included with a few suggested builds but they preferred having the freedom to hammer and saw to their hearts content without following instructions.  So it will appeal to children that are very creative or those who favour sticking to the instructions.

Eldest made a little person to sit in the speedboat which I thought was a good idea.

I liked that it all felt very safe as the mum of two boisterous boys, I don’t know if I would have been so keen to let them loose with real tools and wood.  But this is a great way to introduce them to construction without any of the worry they will injure themselves.

It says no mess and it was quite a tidy activity really, we just hovered up the very small pieces that came off whilst sawing afterwards.  All in all we were delighted with the sets and if your children have them on their lists for Santa I think they are a worthwhile buy that will be appreciated by your children and keep them entertained for awhile.


  1. Such a good idea. I love creative toys like this, that actually give them a bit of responsibility as well! Will be looking at this for my Nephews! :)

  2. Ohhh this looks great! My biggest wants to be a builder when he grows up so I can imagine him loving this x

  3. I've not seen a kit like this before. It really does look like good fun and something really practical at the same time.

  4. What a great introduction. So nice to see a traditional skill being encouraged.

  5. I can imagine those kits being popular. Nice that they get to do something a bit more 'real' in construction terms.

  6. What a fab introduction before moving on to wood etc. Maxi starts tech and woodwork next week and is so excited