H came across Minecraft the other month when we were staying at a friend’s house. She has older children and they were heavily into Minecraft. H being a bit of a computer games fan was keen to find out more and by the end of the weekend he was quite familiar with the principles of Minecraft.
So he was keen to try out the Minecraft Papercraft Shelter Pack. Basically this is building set made mostly from cardboard. You make your brick, stone and wooden blocks by popping out the flat plan block shape and then folding it up into your cube. This is easy to do and H (at 6.75 years) was easily able to manage it on his own. The cubes don’t require any sticking as they have tabs that fit into slots to hold them together. H found the ‘glass’ blocks (for the windows) a bit trickier and I had to give him some help. I also ended up putting together the characters Steve and Wolf as they were a bit more fiddly.
H has enjoyed creating his own scenes with this. Steve and Wolf have had various combinations for their home. It can look fairly homely as there are windows, a hearth and doors. You can create more permanent structures by using the morter sticky tape provided and there are some torch stickers you can use to light Steve’s place. The main downside we have found is around storage. The set comes in a compact box, but once the blocks are assembled they take up a lot more room. As they are made from cardboard they can’t be treated too roughly, so you need to find a suitable storage place.
It’s a well thought out set. I like the fact that a child that is mad about Minecraft could continue exploring and playing without yet more screen-time. The set is reasonably robust, so will take some wear and tear from playing as long as it isn’t abused. We enjoyed playing with this and felt it was something a bit different.