Thanks to the lovely folks at Moose Toys, I received two craft activities in the mail for my girls to try out.
My two little ones are 6 and 14 – oh wait, did I say 14? Granted, somedays she has the attitude of a teenager, but no, she’s actually only almost-4. Anyway . . .
My girls love to keep their hands busy and are at that age where the fact they can stick stuff together and paint and draw and actually create something new out of bits and pieces is very exciting (I admit, I still feel that way too!). So a few gleeful squeals were heard when I asked them to open up this box: “Magic Fabric”
Basically, you choose one of 5 characters to make. You peel off all the required pieces and position them together. Then you put them together like a sandwich with a piece of foam in the middle and run them through the presser.
And hey presto! A cute little animal friend made without any glue or sewing required! You can convert them into tags to hang on bags, or into stickers (or perhaps using your own supplies, even magnets and brooches!)
The girls really enjoyed this and could do all the steps themselves with minimal help from me. It’s also a very no-mess/no-fuss kind of activity and would be a really fun thing to do at a birthday party. It would be good if more characters were made available and could be bought separately as my girls went through all five characters and were hoping to make more! :-)
Next, we opened up this intriguing craft activity: “Bendaroos”
Firstly, mental note for future reference: Explain to the almost-4-year-old that despite appearances, those sticks are made of wax and ARE NOT LOLLIES. This will prevent future occurences of almost-4-year-old biting into said wax and subsequent gagging and spitting.
So yes, all those lovely little packets are wax sticks. It also comes with a tool to cut the sticks or join them together. I was very surprised at how easy it was to shape the sticks – the warmth from your hands allows the sticks to become malleable and makes them sticky so that you don’t need glue to keep hold them together.
The girls really enjoyed this activity too but it did require more supervision from me as their little hands tired quite quickly. I’d say that this would be a really fun activity for older children – they could seriously spend hours making all kinds of cool things from all those sticks.
Thank you to Carrie from Moose Toys for generously providing the opportunity for my girls to try out these activities! It was a lovely afternoon spent crafting together! :-)
Moose Toys has also generously offered the following giveaway to a lucky One Red Robin reader!!!
This kids craft prize pack is worth over $50 and consists of:
1) Party Animals Collector’s Case
2) Beados Mineez Starter Pack
3) Mighty Beanz Flip Track
4) Bendaroos Activity (3D)
To enter, just leave a comment on this post by midnight Sunday 16th May (AEST) with your favourite craft activity as a child or your favourite craft activity to do with your kids. Please note: this giveaway is only open to Australian residents.
A winner will be drawn randomly and announced on Monday, 17th May.
Happy weekend all!