Did you know that it is currently National Science & Engineering week? It runs from 14th until the 23rd March and aims to get children interested in Science. As part of this week I was sent the Rivetz Dragon kit to review. As you will understand I was quite excited to be given a dragon to review, but the kit was actually for my son to try. Rivetz kits are aimed at boys aged 8 and over, and allow you to construct a kit using cardboard, plastic rivets and a rivet gun. We have previously made a Rivetz Giant Hornet and Rivetz Pterodactyl and enjoyed making them. We were looking forward to trying the dragon.
I always wanted to build my own dragon and my son couldn’t wait to get started. It certainly looked impressive from the box. Inside the box you get the instruction sheet, a set of numbered cards containing the dragon parts, a rivet gun and the plastic rivets.
To make the dragon you need to look at the instruction sheet which tells you which part of the dragon you need to pop out of which numbered sheet. The parts are all named on the back which helps locate the right piece. You then need to join up the holes on the card appropriately with a rivet gun. The holes are all coded, for example A1/3 A2/3 A3/3 means there are three holes labelled A that need to be joined together. There is also a little arrow to show which direction to join them. The cards also have lines on them to show you where they should be folded into shape.
This is not a project that can be done quickly. It does take effort and we found it was a two person job. I held the card in place while my son riveted them together. It is a great way to spend some time with your child and teaches them how to follow instructions. So far we have built half the dragon, we were slowed down by my son breaking his arm. He is getting a great sense of achievement as he watches it come together.
Disclosure: I was sent a Rivetz Dragon in order to do an honest review. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.