to open and build christmas presents

(60 Posts)
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

DumSpiroSpero Tue 12-Nov-13 23:09:24

DD had the Apple Tree Cottage for Christmas a few years ago.

There was no way I was waiting to get my mitts on it - have fun! grin.

Elouie Tue 12-Nov-13 07:08:38

Dum what a genius idea. Then I could do it a relaxed fashion one evening ha ha.

Having said that it would be nice for DS to learn the fun if actually building so with I'm going to check the contents and then build with DS on Xmas day but build the plausibility so they can have immediate fun

Oh I'm getting so giddy for Christmas this year which is unlike me so early!

DumSpiroSpero Tue 12-Nov-13 00:19:31

I think you'd be perfectly justified in building the Lego beforehand to check everything is there wink , but would then break it up so your DS can do it at Christmas.

Elouie Mon 11-Nov-13 22:54:01

And I love the nail clipper tip. Thanks

Elouie Mon 11-Nov-13 22:53:41

Thanks all, I think I might have to have operation playmobil in force as there will be a couple of sets between them. A knights castle, the childrens pony ranch and the animal clinic.

Lego I'm definitely saving for the day and will encourage DS to help me.

ChaffinchOfDoom Mon 11-Nov-13 21:18:17

just do the major build on the playmobil and leave all of the little bags of extras for your dd to help you with on the day

which set is it? considering the camper van this time for dd

mrsjay Mon 11-Nov-13 21:12:42

he is a genius i always used big scissors or my teeth and the scissors always seemed to ping them everywhere or I did that unwinding nonsense

FortyDoorsToNowhere Mon 11-Nov-13 21:11:20

MrsJay my DH is to thank for that.

Hulababy Mon 11-Nov-13 21:08:24

Lego - I'd live unbuilt as isn't building the whole point of Lego.

Playmobil - I'd posibly make up. Its desgned more to play with as a built set ime.

I have built Sylvanian families, Babie, Polly Pocket, etc in the past and then wrapped them. If Father Christmas ever brings something like those he leaves them built and ready to play with.

St the very least I try to remove al thos elittle wire twisty things and put batteries in things, esp those needing a screwdriver.

bigbrick Mon 11-Nov-13 21:03:05

Build it before and wrap. Playmobil needs lots of building depending on what it is - same with lego. I unpack all gifts that are in boxes etc like this to avoid building hassle and so I can relax and the kids play

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

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

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

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

Plastic tie tip use nail cutters smile

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

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 20:05:15

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

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

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.

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

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!

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.

boxing day

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

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)

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.

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