Thanks to the wonderful people at Growing Tree Toys, my six-year-old boys were recently given the opportunity to try out a fun toy called the Monster Trucks Custom Shop Kit! As a mom, I love this kit because it is a craft and a toy in one. With four different monster trucks, kids get to decorate them the way they want with the enclosed paint and stickers. After their trucks are customized, they get hours of fun playing with them! You can see my boys working on their masterpieces in the pictures on this post. To make this kit last even longer, they each decorated one truck and have been playing with them. Then, some afternoon when we’re looking for more entertainment, I’ll get out the kit again and have them decorate the other trucks. Here’s my evaluation of this toy:
Ease of Use: This toy is very easy to set up. Everything’s included. We placed newspaper down on the table, removed the paints, brush and trucks from the box, and got started! The kit says it’s for ages 5 and up, with which I agree. The paint included is nontoxic, but it’s acrylic, which means it might be permanent if spilled, so I wouldn’t trust it with a child younger than 5. You’ll also want to don old t-shirts (as we did) or paint smocks. My only complaint is that I wish there were more paint colors (3 are included) and more brushes. There was just one paintbrush, so we had to dig up another. Otherwise, this was a very easy and fun project.
Educational Benefits: This kit really helps with fine motor skills as kids are required to paint on a very small surface. Challenge your child to paint patterns or designs on their cars. My boys looked at the pictures on the box for inspiration for their designs. Kids can also create ramps for their cars, design races and obstacle courses, and much more.
Longevity: The quality of this toy is high. My boys have been playing with it for several weeks, and haven’t managed to break the trucks yet! And trucks are an item that boys are interested in for many years. I don’t think my first-graders will outgrow this toy anytime soon.
Fun: The Monster Trucks Custom Shop Kit is definitely fun! My kids enjoyed both painting and playing with their trucks. They couldn’t wait to get started on them when they arrived, and never lost interest in these toys.
Conclusion: My boys really loved the Monster Trucks Custom Shop Kit. I’m definitely going to consider this when I need to buy a great birthday gift for one of their friends! This gets a “thumbs-up” from all of us.