Minute Toy Assembly Hints
shop for that special gift weeks ahead of time and hide
it carefully. All goes well until the big day, when
flap A will not fit into slot B, or the assembly kit
is missing three screws but contains six extra bolts.
The key to preventing this headache is preparing weeks
Here are some helpful
tips to ensure a memorable day and a less stressful
time assembling gifts.
While you're still in
the store, holding that perfect gift, find a salesperson
or manager and ask if any special tools are needed to
assemble the toy. Proper tools ensure less damage to
the toy during assembly and a more secure fit afterward.
If the salesperson can't help you, look on the box:
Many companies have a toll-free information number.
Before leaving the
store, buy extra batteries! If they are not immediately
inserted into that new toy, you'll find other uses for
Put It Together
Assemble the toy BEFORE
the big day. WELL before. WEEKS before. You'll have
time to find the proper tools, and to replace any missing
or broken parts.
Play With It!
Once the toy has been
assembled, with the proper tools, WEEKS BEFORE THE BIG
DAY, run your own test. Play with the toy yourself so
that you can see how - and if - it works before placing
it under the tree. If the test is successful, hide the
toy with the neighbors, in the attic, or even in the
trunk of the car. Never hide a toy in a closet -- it's
the first place a child looks.
Video games and video
game systems require special attention. Practice hooking
the system up to your television while the child is
at school or out of the house. This simple step will
ensure that the system is compatible with your television
and will help speed things up on the special day. If
you are purchasing a video cartridge, play the game
yourself to make sure that it isn't too difficult or
too easy for your child.
The most important advantage
you have now, which you will not have on the big day,
is time. Before you make any purchases, research which
toys need assembly and which toys do not. This way,
you'll know ahead of time how much assembly work you