KiwiCo Family is currently offering Halloween crates, featuring creative Halloween-themed projects that fuse science and art! These KiwiCo projects are ideal for kids ages 5 and above. All the materials are included, as well as easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions plus clear illustrations. They even provide a series of explanations to illuminate how everything works.
This is the review of CHOMPING MECHANICAL DINOSAUR, one of the new KiwiCo Halloween Costumes available. It costs $29.95. The other costumes are Glowing Horn Unicorn, Light Up Wings, Light Up Alien Spaceship, and Glowing Wand and Crown.
Build a big green dinosaur costume with matching dino claws. Contains everything you need to craft a spikey head, engineer a fierce felt jaw that snaps shuts with the pull of a string, and learn about hinges, rotary motion, and fossil detective work. Rawr!
All of the craft supplies are from the crate. You really need nothing from home to do the crafts.
The craft booklet that comes in every crate is the actual instruction booklet.
All of these paper crafts are for our chomping mechanical dinosaur!
The book has fast facts about the dinosaur and what to expect from the activity.
The book has the detailed instructions with its corresponding illustrations. All the materials needed for this activity are provided by the box.
We need the brads and felt nose to make Part A.
My daughter did Part A, which forms the nose of the dinosaur, without problems.
To assemble the head, we need the felt head and felt stickers.
We followed the instructions easily, using the brads to bring all the pieces of the head together where the instructions indicated!
It wasn’t complicated to do so because the kids just need to know how to fold the felt head properly and fasten them correctly.
My youngest is curious and excited to wear the costume.
My daughter was able to neatly fasten everything in their correct position and cover them with felt stickers to protect the wearer’s head.
The part C is where the real fun starts as the kids start to build the mechanical sections of the dino!
We need the brads, bolts, nuts, felt stickers, the felt jaw, the cords, and the newly assembled dinosaur head.
The position of the cords has to be precise to make the jaw opening work.
No worries if you can’t get it the first time as the booklet also has the troubleshooting covered.
He tested it to make sure it works. Our dinosaur head is looking good even without details. CHOMP!
These are the materials needed to complete our mechanical dinosaur!
We put the light green triangular spikes to the back of the head.
We also put some felt stickers on rows of teeth to stick to the dinosaurs head and jaw.
We also placed the huge eyes on the side to complete it. Are they scary or funny? Depends on the eyebrows!
He can’t hide his excitement. He’s ready to pull that cord any moment
We didn’t forget the eyebrows of course, and the booklet has different placement suggestions for different looks for your dino!
If you have a yellow shirt, green vest and pants you can top the ensemble with this dinosaur head and you have a Halloween costume!
He’s out and about! Chomping his way through our yard.
He’s such a cute dinosaur!
His big smile is proof that this activity hit a home run.
The hinge mechanism works perfectly! The jaws are opened when the cords are at rest.
When you pull the cords downwards, the jaw snaps shut!
This activity is obviously a hit! The instructions were easy to follow and the materials you need are all available, and our Halloween costumes are DONE this year!! The kids were able to understand the principle of how the hinge works and its mechanism. It’s an ultimate art project with a lot of bonus learning and the kids are so proud of their creations (we have more KiwiCo Halloween Costume reviews coming!). I shared some preview photos with friends and they all wanted to know where to get the costumes and everyone is just in love with these adorable and fun costumes, but most especially our kids!