We arrived a few minutes early and they had a table set up for food and gifts, and a bunch of tables together for the kids to work at. As the kids arrived, Frank (the wonderful Home Depot worker) wrote their names on their aprons and on a plate. Once everyone arrived, he went over a few safety tips with the kids and the adults. HINT: Get the nails started, hold the edges of the wood and then let the kids hammer the nails the rest of the way in so you don't get smashed fingers.
Once everyone received their kits, we started building. I am happy to report that no one received a smashed finger! Once everyone had glued and nailed their kits together, Frank brought out the paint. The kids placed their trucks on their plate and started painting away. There were all kinds of colors to choose from: pink, purple, yellow, green, lime green, white, black, orange, brown. Everyone was happy to have a color they liked. After the trucks were painted, we placed the decorative stickers and wheel pieces in the kids aprons to be put on after the trucks dried.
Next, it was onto singing Happy Birthday and food/cake/presents. On our way out, Frank brought plastic bags to place the still wet trucks in so that our cars wouldn't get messy. We all had a great time and the kids love their trucks. Higgins has already placed several of his Lego figures in the back of his.
The Home Depot did a great job making all the kids feel special with their own aprons and Bernardo loves his hard hat.
- Make sure to read the directions, especially if your kit has wheels. If you place the piece where the wheels will go in upside down, the axles/wheels may not fit when you try to put them in later. Not that I know from personal experience or anything...
- If you have a sliding piece, like the moving trucks back door, take it out of the piece while it dries. Ours dried shut but I managed to open it with a small flat headed screwdriver.