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Building Cards™ How to Build Pirate Ships

Building Cards™ How to Build Pirate Ships

Spring 2006 Doing & Learning/Toy
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Klutz
Price: $12.95
How refreshing to see a pirate-theme activity that doesn't involve marauding! Sturdy cards are scored and slotted to snap apart into 226 building cards in seven shapes. Step-by-step illustrations show how to build a quite complex-looking ship from deck to hull, including rudder, mast and sails. Each of the 48 steps is accompanied by pictures of the cards needed for that step, exploded view of the assembly, picture of the completed assembly, and the assembly finally attached to the boat. A pirate figure is also included. The instruction book ends with pictures of other ships that can be built with the same cards. Kids are encouraged to take apart the ship they have just built because “the best pirate ship you ever make will be one you design and build on your own.”
Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2006 Parents' Choice

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