Based in the heart of beautiful Mid Wales, Timberkits are a great way to explore the magic of movement by creating characters, creatures and contraptions with different themes and ability levels. The kits are made from New Zealand natural pine and bamboo wood from certifiably sustainable sources.
In these safety conscious electronic times most of the mechanisms we are dependent on are well hidden so we never get to see how things work. Making a Timberkit is to step into the wonderful world of Automata - an art form in which children can appreciate the magic of mechanical action.
The models are sold in kit form so that children and adults can build them together, turn the handle and see them work. There is a great range of themes and skill levels to suit everyone and the models can be painted and customised without the need for specialist tools.
Timberkits certainly tick the educational box and are particularly suitable for supporting the kinetics module in the Design Technology GCSE curriculum and also the Toy Design module in Key Stage 2.
“As a parent I am great fan of Timberkits. They are excellent quality and provide manageable challenge for children. My son is huge fan of the kits and, well, I'll let him tell you what he
"The Timberkits I have made so far are the catapult, biplane and pianist. I am working on the biplane. So far my favourite is the biplane. I liked it because it was more complex than the others. But the others were great fun! I am looking forward to doing more in the future."
Tim Welsh and son Gregory, 8yrs old
And if you decide to enter the wonderful world of Timberkits, here are some helpful hints and tips…
- Check all parts in the tray very carefully. Read the instructions and look at all the diagrams. Get a clear idea of how the parts fit together before you start.
- Do not glue anything until you are sure you understand how things are assembled. Remember once something is glued together you cannot go back.
- Some parts need sanding for a comfortable fit. Put parts together without glue to ensure they fit.
- Use the wax candle provided to wax all surfaces that are in contact as they move. Apply by rubbing on the wood then buff up to a high polish using the sandpaper provided. This will prevent squeaks and allow freer movement of the model.
- Do not put wax on a surface that is going to be glued as the glue will not stick to a waxed surface.
So for a fun, creative and educational gift, make Timberkits your first stop!