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At 6 years old one of my nephews has just discovered the joy of Lego so when he stayed with us recently due to his little brother being in hospital I ended up buying him 2 of the Lego creator packs which were on offer at the local supermarket at 2 for £7 to help cheer him up. We chose 2 packs a mini racer set and the mini fire rescue set each of the sets come in a plastic case with instructions for making 3 models and are suitable for 6-12 years old although I know at least one 35 year old who thinks that age range should be extended. The mini fire rescue set comes with 69 pieces and lets you build a fire truck, a helicopter and a 4x4 fire car although you can only build one model at a time. The instructions are clear and easy to follow with step by step pictures so even younger kids should be able to build the models with minimal help. Although some of the parts are small and a bit fiddly to fit Calum managed to build the three models by himself and spent the afternoon playing with each model for a while before moving on to building the next one. After building all the models he started joining bits together from the 2 mini sets to build bigger and stranger vehicles with a little help from my boyfriends son. The models are small at around 2.5 to 3 inches long but they have some nice details including clear blue and orange bricks which act as lights, clear tinted panels for windows, a ladder that rotates on top of the fire truck and moving blades on the helicopter. As always the best thing about any Lego set is the fact that the parts can be used to build something else and used with parts from other sets when the child gets bored of the original model so the possibilities are endless when matched with a kids imagination. One of the great things about these sets is they come in a plastic case rather than a box so it can be used to store the pieces together and it's also handy for the kids to take with them on holiday or to keep them amused when visiting relatives etc. Sadly the case isn't big enough to store the models without taking them apart slightly but it's still a lot better than a cardboard box that falls apart after a week. Calum loved these sets and has since added another couple to his collection. His mum thinks he actually prefers these little sets to the bigger ones they've bought him mainly due to the fact he can build them himself whereas some of the bigger sets are slightly too complicated for him to build without help from mum or dad. Calums only complaint about the mini Creator sets is they don't come with a Lego figure and I have to agree it would be nice if there was one figure included with the set. The Lego Mini Creator sets cost between £4 and £6 depending on where you shop and are available from most toy shops and many online retailers such as Amazon etc. For the price these are great sets and ideal for a low cost present or for Lego mad kids spending their pocket money.
Age: 5-8 Years / Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts - Choking Hazard