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Printed on stiff card, this book contains templates to cut out and construct a superb model of a Roman villa crammed with authentic detail. The base of the model measures 60 x 46cm.

Book information

Key Stage
KS2/3 H/DT
ISBN: 9781409506195
Extent: 32 pages
Dimensions: 305 x 229mm
Iain Ashman

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My daughter bought this in Pompei as she loves crafts, and has been so disappointed. I have a few complaints about this book/craft: 1. Nowhere on the book does it state the appropriate age. It only says it’s not suitable for children under 36months due to small parts. My daughter is 6 and would never be able to do this. To be honest I don’t think even a 9yr old would be able to do it as some parts fold very intricately and some of the cut-out work is very intricate. 2. The parts sizes are not accurate. A few times I had to make adjustments just to make it work as some parts are too short and others too long to fit. (Especially the walls) 3. The instructions are very vague. I have a degree in construction and I struggled to understand how some parts fit together. All in all I think this was a waste of my daughter’s hard earned pocket money.

Press reviews

“Offers children aged four to eight a fun and interactive history lesson on the grand architecture and lifestyle of the ancient Romans. Rome wasn't built in a day, they say but, fortunately, this villa can be easily built in under an hour with adult assistance (a little or a lot, depending on the age of your young builder/s).The model proved engaging and challenging for its target audience, and we were able to bring this little piece of ancient Rome to 3D life with a minimum of fuss. And we thought the finished product was not bad at all for novice villa builder.”