Bring Minecraft to life with a simple to use paper kit, available at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and online. Let’s get crafty!
We bought the “animal mob” kit from Walmart for $10–a lot cheaper than I’ve seen it online. I’ve been reluctant to buy a kit since we can download Minecraft creations for free from PixelCraft or from the official Minecraft app I already bought. But for $10 bucks, I decided to give it a whirl.
So what’s in the box?
We bought the “animal mob” set, which has 30 pieces. This kit makes 3 pigs, 3 sheep, 3 cows, 3 chickens and 3 ocelots. It also gives you 10 grass blocks and 5 reusable stickers of flowers and saplings.
The paper is really nice: heavy cardstock with a glossy finish, way better than anything I could run through my printer. It’s pre-cut and scored along the fold lines. Models are assembled with a tab into slot system, so there’s no need to glue anything.
The instructions are a little vague, but once you figure out one block you can get all of them. Mitch, who’s almost 7, was able to sit right down and make the ocelot after practicing on a few grass blocks.
My only complaint about the kit are some of the shortcuts. Yes, it speeds up the process and saves paper, but it makes the animals look less professional. The chicken, cow and ocelot were fine, but the sheep? Let me show you:
The sheep on the left is from the store bought kit, and the one on the right was printed at home from the Minecraft app. Both were made with help of a child, so they’re going to be not perfect. But I folded the heads of both sheep–the hardest part for each model–and I could NOT get the head of the store bought kit to fold nicely. Not that the head was any easier from the home printed model, which was made of a tiny box for his face glued to another odd shaped box for his head.
You can see the type of shortcuts the store kit uses. The lower legs are made with a U shape of paper, and there’s only four parts to all four legs. The home printed kit had eight parts–an upper and lower box for each leg. Easy, oh yeah! Better looking? Not really.
Would I buy the rest of the kits? Maybe. The paper really is better quality and I like that it’s simple enough for Mitch to make on his own. But since I already have the app and a ream of cardstock, it will be cheaper for us to make the home printed versions.
However, if you don’t own a color printer, or don’t have the time to cut out tiny little pieces with your kids, these kits are a awesome.