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Elouie Mon 11-Nov-13 15:12:23

My DCs will be getting lego and playmobil for xmas. I love the idea of them unwrapping an open and in tact present, however, I can see arguements as to whose I put together first.

It's not DHs strong point and to be fair he'll be in charge of making dinner, so am almost considering opening them and building them before wrapping...

AIBU to think this could spoil it for DCs, what do you do???

DCs are 5 and 3

passedgo Mon 11-Nov-13 15:45:19

YABU. Get your own lego kit!

Beastofburden Mon 11-Nov-13 15:49:40

That's the whole point...


drool... am feeling a nostalgic stocking gift coming on....

Elouie Mon 11-Nov-13 16:02:13

but aren't they still instructions of sorts? I could work with those, I can't work with a box and guide at all!!

SaltaKatten Mon 11-Nov-13 16:05:31

I had this same argument last year about dd2's playmobil pirate ship. I did build it in advance and it took a whole evening. It wasn't the kind of building that a 4 year old would have enjoyed.

iheartdusty Mon 11-Nov-13 16:10:48

on top of Beast's excellent Lego books I suggest this one Lego PLAY Book as perfect for a 5 y/o and his mum

Aquariusgirl86 Mon 11-Nov-13 16:10:50

Not Lego no that's the point? Other stuff tho yes. Fil has bought the kids a wooden kitchen, it says assembly 2.5 hours......he seems outraged that I'm going to put it together soon and house it in the spare room ( kids don't have access) don't get why......they are 1 and 2 and won't be impressed with a load of flat pack wood and screws!

Elouie Mon 11-Nov-13 16:22:20

Aquarius we built the kitchen that we got them a couple of years ago. I agree with flat pack furniture toys.

iheart I think that will definitely have to go in his stocking grin

chillykitty Mon 11-Nov-13 16:22:42

No don't build them will spoil it
That is the fun of Xmas day the building

Beastofburden Mon 11-Nov-13 16:39:51

they are instructions. But really the point is, they are techniques and inspirations, so you can go off and make something different.

As opposed to making one pre-determined aeroplane, for instance, you can make a range of things that ping other things across the floor at your sister

Elouie Mon 11-Nov-13 16:44:51

beast I might see if I can improve my imagination with one of your books. Thank you. Although I shall try keep both children in tact and not being pinged at for the duration of the day grin

5Foot5 Mon 11-Nov-13 16:54:03

With everyone else on Playmobil. I don't think these are meant for small children to build - at least not the bigger ones. When DD was 5 we got her the fairy tale castle and decided it would be better to build it in advance and then hide it until Christmas Day. It took DH and I 4 hours and 2 bottles of wine to build it so it is just as well we didn't wait until Christmas morning.

Beastofburden Mon 11-Nov-13 16:54:15

have fun! <jealous>

I may give DS1 a lego book if he not too cool now (aged nearly 22)

I would say put together the play movie, but not the Lego. I gave my kids all the Egyptian and Ran sets a couple of years ago... I set it all up on a huge dining table I had removed the legs from and covered in sand colored textured pleather fabric to look like sand. We even set up a river on one edge for the roman and Egyptian boats. It looked fantastic and made a huge impression under the tree... There was still plenty to unwrap, but playmobil can be a pain to build so wetter done before Christmas.

It is also like those old fashioned Chrosas cards with trains, dolls and rocking horses... It is just nice for some toys to be set up with just a bow on.
But Lego is something they should build themselves on b

boxing day

PinkStarStuck Mon 11-Nov-13 17:48:05

We have also done the playmobile castle experience 5Foot5 ! Even some of the smaller playmobile 'self builds' comes in so many pieces that we do them the night before every time inc for birthdays.

GoldenGytha Mon 11-Nov-13 17:56:16

My DC were never much into lego or Playmobil, but isn't building it themselves part of the fun?

Only thing I ever built was a Barbie Picnic Van for DD1, took me most of the evening of Christmas Eve!

Oldraver Mon 11-Nov-13 18:31:33

No leave Lego and Playmobil for them to build...that os the whole point of it.

I do go over some toys (like the ones that come in a 'show' box) and take off all the ties and unscrew the little bits of holding plastic

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 11-Nov-13 18:35:06

If it was a dolls house I would see your point, but that's a crime against Christmas to pre-build Lego.

Elouie Mon 11-Nov-13 19:09:32

Thanks everyone, to be honest that's what I thought, but didn't know if other people were much more prepared than I and saved trauma on the day when DCs have to wait for things to assemble.

I may well look at the playmobil when it arrives and build that, but will definitely leave the lego alone, which suits me as that's my xmas day sorted grin

mrsjay Mon 11-Nov-13 20:05:15

I remember when i was 15 my parents were building some my little pony castle for my 4 yr old sister there was swearing and banging into the wee hours I was traumatised so when i was doing the building for dds I made sure i did it a few days before christmas eve to avoid any tantrums from me

ImaginativeNewName Mon 11-Nov-13 20:07:48

I did this last year and set the fiddly things up on the coffee table. Saved loads of time and faff as they were ready to play with and still wrapped the smaller, boxed presents that looked quite easy.

mrsjay Mon 11-Nov-13 20:10:23

do these toys still come with the stickers that you need to stick everything that used to drive me and he up the wall and those bloody plastic ties that you cant get off the boxes

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 11-Nov-13 20:54:54

Plastic tie tip use nail cutters smile

mumofweeboys Mon 11-Nov-13 20:59:42

Bloomin play mobil farm took 3 nights to build, so would def pre build

mrsjay Mon 11-Nov-13 21:00:18

20 bloody years I have been doing christmas NAIL CLIPPERS jeez why didnt i think of that 20 fecking years grin

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