Step 3: Adding on the Legs, Stinger, and Claws
To some extent, the "puzzle" was self explanatory for an adult.
Cindy correctly named which parts should go where however, (smaller legs in the back, claws in the front radiating out from the side just behind the head.
She was unable to get the parts together, not because they were being placed incorrectly but rather because they fit together poorly. Each part fit, mortise and tenon style in it's appropriate sized and shaped mortise hole, but they fit SO tightly that she was unable to get them to "stay" together, but with a little persuasion from me, we get them fitted.
Advice on getting the parts to fit better? Nothing I could think of made the job any easier. Some of them went together nicely, other took brute force to get the parts in.....other, like the book lungs, took 3-4 hands all at once to align pins with holes, and tuck in 8 lungs into the "shell".
I had to admit, I was really proud of how well she was able to figure out, without looking at the instructions, which parts went where. This whole project made my week.
As soon as I install the UV LED, I will add the picture in this step.