Build Your Own LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser
My five year old niece wants the LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser for Christmas this year. This cruiser is recommended for girls older than her. The manufacturer listed age is 7-12. Most likely this is because this project is bigger in scope than some of the smaller LEGO projects she has done. The Dolphin Cruiser boasts 612 pieces which could be overwhelming for a small child. So to consider this item for her I know the project will have to be broken down into smaller parts.
From everything I have read it looks like the Dolphin Cruiser will require more focus. She can still put it together herself but it will just take time and patience. Since she builds her LEGO projects with an adult I think she will stay focused and get any help she needs following the directions. The project can be done over time and will give her something to look forward to completing. I like that a few days after Christmas she will not be getting bored with this new toy - she will probably still be in the construction stage.
I like that when my niece is finished building this toy she will get some play out of the toy. 3 of the Lego Friends characters come with this set. They are Mia, Maya and Andrew. She can have them check out the boat or slip down the water slide. I'm sure this added feature is one of the reasons that attracted by niece to the LEGO Friends Cruiser. She loves anything water related even if it just pretend. I think she will love the water skies accessory; Not to mention the adorable Dolphins pieces that come with the set.
I do not remember LEGO being so fun and exciting when I was a child. Perhaps because they did not have LEGO geared towards girls when I was kid. At any rate, the Dolphin Cruiser is an Auntie approved toy.
I found this video helpful when deciding if this project would be appropriate for my five year old niece. As you can see the piece size is similar to the smaller packs of LEGO friends toys and she is comfortable with putting them together. She can handle following the directions as they are pictured like the smaller sets she used. This looks like it will keep her occupied and having loads of fun.
I like toys that give children something to do or create. LEGO friends are great because children get to follow directions and learn how to construct their own toys. I especially like that the sets are compatible so that pieces can be used with other sets to create something more unique.