Bead-Kids Bracelet Kits – Review

Bead-Kids offer bead making jewellery kits, ideal for parties, party bags and gift ideas. We were sent the Dolphin Friendship Bracelet kit for 8yr old Miss M to try out and see what she thought.

bead kitsThe kit comes in a handy little box, that’s divided into sections and keeps everything separated and easy to find.  The box being transparent makes it easy to see what you get and where it is.  I like that the packaging is minimal but recyclable, we will definitely keep and use the little sectioned box for other craft bits.

bead kits 2The kit contains enough materials to make three friendship bracelets, each with their own charm.  There are three lengths of suede cord, three silver charms, a small bag of silver beads, organza bag and instructions.  The pieces are all of a good quality so do make a lovely bracelet that girls will love to wear.

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Miss M couldn’t wait to get started, threading the beads and charms onto the cord.  We then needed to follow the instructions to tie the knots at each end.  We did get a little confused as to which diagram we were refering to, but I soon worked it out and showed Miss M what to do.  She then had a go herself on the other bracelets.

bead kits 4I think the finished bracelets look fantastic and great for young girls to wear.  Miss M is thrilled with hers and has picked the blue fish one as her favourite!

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The organza bag that comes in the set makes a nice place to store the bracelets or use as a gift if you are giving one away.  Miss M has decided to keep her favourite bracelet herself and give the other two away to her two best friends at school, as they are friendship bracelets after all.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Disney Frozen Shaker Maker Elsa and Anna – Review

Disney Frozen Shaker Maker Elsa and Anna is a children’s sculpture kit that is really easy to do and makes minimal mess.  With several variants available, the Frozen set is adored by most young girls and Miss M couldn’t wait to try it out.

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The kit comes with a unique ‘shaker maker’, 2 moulds, 2 packs of powdered plaster, 2 stands a set of paints and a paintbrush.

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First it’s time to create the plaster models in their moulds which I think gives really impressive results for minimal effort, perfect for children.  You need to add one of the moulds into one half of the Shaker Maker then you simply pour some warm water into the other half, add the powder, screw the two halves together and give it a shake!

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Then simply unscrew the unit, making sure the half with the mould is underneath and then leave for 90 minutes to dry. You can then tap the plaster statuette out of the mould and I have to say I think the results are brilliant.  You get a really detailed model that is perfectly smooth, they look really good.  It’s then time to bring them to live with some colour using the paints provided.  Miss M found the colours of the paints a little frustrating as they were primary colours, but I did help her to mix some to make more recognisable colours for the frozen themed characters.  She did also use a couple of other paints she already had.  I have to say the paintbrush is fantastic, unlike a lot of kids brushes.  This one is really pointed helping to get some detail and fine brush strokes onto the characters.

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Miss M worked really hard on her painting and I just love her finished results.  The plaster moulds simply sit in the little pink stands and can be displayed wherever you fancy.  Miss M has these now on her bedroom windowsill which look lovely.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Valentine’s crafts from Baker Ross

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a great time to get kids crafting, and there’s nothing better than a pile of Baker Ross goodies to get them going.  The kits are simple to use, and come with practically everything you need and importantly always give effective results that children are proud off.

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We started with some Heart Fuse Bead Kits, which came with heart templates and a variety of coloured beads.  Both children sat down and eagerly created their patterns taking inspiration from the image sheet provided.

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They both got quite engrossed and were determined to finish.  The prospect of me ironing their designs and them seeing the finished piece stuck together was exciting and they were thrilled with the finished results!

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We then moved onto bookmarks which are a great size and perfect for children to use or give to an adult as a gift.  The bookmarks first need to be coloured in and then some cross stitch added to the top, using a child friendly plastic needle.  You also get several colours of thread to choose from.

When my daughter started colouring one of these, my 5yr old boy really wanted to join in too, and it was his first ever go at sewing which he really loved and put his full concentration into – I just love his finished bookmark!

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

2 for £10 Gift Ideas from The Works

With Christmas looming, and many a day spent searching for presents that don’t cost a fortune, then look no further than The Works.  They have a fabulous selection of low cost gifts available, with any 2 costing just £10!  With something for everyone, children and adults, I’ve been taking a look at what’s on offer.

The worksCaptureFor adults there is a variety of things such as cookbooks, and a variety of dvd and book sets.  I’m really pleased with the Crochet dvd and book set as it’s a craft I’m keen to learn after trying it out earlier this year, and this will be perfect to learn from with simple, clear instructions.  This would make a lovely gift for a beginner to the world of crochet.

The works 4For boys, how about this fun Dinosaur Operation game.  My little boy loves dinosaurs and has been eyeing up operation style games for a while.  The dinosaur has obviously been eating things that he shouldn’t and has various tools as well as bones inside his body that need extracting as part of the game.  This would be a fun game for the family to play on Christmas day and a bargain at just £5 when bought as part of the 2 for £10 gift range.

 

The works 3This Build Your Own Rocket set looks like fun for boys and has a little booklet as well as a rocket parachute to make.  The booklet contains lots of ideas for rocket based ideas and experiments to make using simple things like a balloon etc I think there are plenty of ideas in here to keep boys occupied over the Christmas period and into the New Year!

The works 2One I think my daughter will love is a Crystal growing kit.  She’s loves science and experiments so I think this is a great mix of the two and something she can watch grow over a period of time.  With six crystals to grow I’m sure we’ll have windowsill full before long and they can be kept after as decorative pieces.

WP_20151211_14_38_26_ProYarn craft is a fun set for girls and my daughter does love anything needlework related.  This set allows you to make 12 fun activities using wool including pom poms, decorative wool hearts, hair for sock puppets and more.  The box also includes some googly eyes to use in some of your making projects.

I think the range of gift ideas from The Works this Christmas has a great variety and are an absolute bargain at just £5 each when bought as part of their 2 for £10 gift range. There really is something for all the family, so I’d definitely recommend checking them out either in store or online where you can get them delivered in time for Christmas.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the gift sets in order to write an honest review.

 

Christmas Craft with Baker Ross

A great time of year to do craft with the children is Christmas, as the children can decorate the house in all their lovely creations and give the house a festive feel.  As usual Baker Ross have come up with some really simple but effective crafts for children that didn’t disappoint and have kept the children occupied over recent weeks.

Baker RossWe started with some peg angels which are so much easier to make than they look and I think the finished decoration is really pretty and effective.

Baker ross 2All the pieces are sticky backed and simply stick around the peg to make the angel.  A dab of glue for the hair and some ribbon to hang her up by her wings, and there you have it, a sparkly, festive angel to hang up and enjoy.  The children were quite pleased with these and couldn’t wait to start crafting some more!

Baker ross 3We then tried our hand at some lanterns and again these were easy to do, but gave us a really effective result.  The black background is pre cut and the children enjoyed pressing out the shapes.  Then simply glue a coloured tissue onto the back and fold the lantern into shape.

Baker ross 5They have a loop at the top so we are planning on hanging them on some ribbon to adorn the house this Christmas.  With the coloured tissue behind the windows, these look great against held up to the light.

Baker ross 6The foam Snowman house kit was great fun and Miss M really enjoyed assembling it along with sticking the decorative shapes around the outside.  The pieces simply pressed out of foam sheets, which Mister B did before passing them to Miss M to build.  Again I have to say how effective this looks once finished and has taken pride of place in our front room windowsill for the festive season.

Baker ross 4The children love these thick card tree decorations which simply required decorating in any way they chose.  They love the Deco pens from Baker Ross and used them to come up with their designs.  These look pretty hanging from our mantelpiece or could easily be hung from the tree as they come with pre attached gold threads.

Baker ross 7We’ve had lots of fun with the Baker Ross Christmas craft selection and would highly recommend them.  There are so many more available that it’s well worth checking out the website and finding some to suit your children.  I love the idea of children making their own decorations, it’s fun to do and they love seeing the results of their efforts pinned up for everyone to see.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the crafts in order to write an honest review.

MyStyle Shamballa Rainbow Jewellery – Review

Shamballa jewellery has been a trend over recent years and this kit from Interplay to make some rainbow coloured Shamballa jewellery is a great introduction for young girls to learn and make some great pieces.

shamballaThe kit comes with a handy sectioned box to contain all your beads and accessories while you work, making life a little easier.  Included are various beads, rainbow coloured cord as well as various clasps, wire etc. enough to make various pieces including bracelets, earrings and a necklace.

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We started making a bracelet which I started off for Miss M, although I was actually surprised at how easy it was to do, I thought it might be quite a complicated pattern to do, but no, just a placing one thread over another and looping it through.  Miss M soon got to grips with this and happily completed the bracelet on her own adding beads appropriately along the design.  The set comes with a safety pin to use to attach the top of the bracelet to something whilst working on it, and we used the edge of our sofa bed which worked well and meant the bracelet hung down nicely allowing Miss M to easily see the pattern and keep the threads straight.

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You can vary the designs of the bracelets by adding beads at different places and there are also accessories to make earrings and a necklace.  Miss M made me some earrings, as her ears aren’t pierced, which I was really impressed with.  She used some wire which she twisted around and threaded some beads on too.

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Overall I have to say I’ve been impressed with this kit.  I didn’t realise how easy it was to make Shamballa style bracelets and this is a great introduction as to how it is done and the possibilities of styles you can make.  Miss M had great fun making her new bracelets!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the set in order to write an honest review.

Shaker Maker Disney Princess Cinderella and Rapunzel

Shaker Maker Disney Princess Cinderella and Rapunzel from Cool Create is a fun, simple plaster kit for children that allows them to create decorative pieces that they can enjoy on the shelves in their bedroom.

Shaker MakerThe shaker maker consists of a Shaker Maker pod, 2 princess moulds, 2 packs of plaster, 2 stands and a paint set, everything you need to complete this kit.

Shaker Maker 2I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Shaker Maker and how messy it would be but I have to say I was really impressed – so simple for a child to use and completely mess free!

All you have to do is add some warm tap water into one half of the shaker pod up to a certain line then tip the bag of plaster in.  In the lid, insert one of the princess moulds then screw the lid on to the base.  Shake well and then tip so that the mould is at the bottom and the plaster mixture sits perfectly in the mould, no mess, no touching it, all the hard work is done for you.

Shaker Maker 3Then gently tap the sides to remove air bubbles and leave to stand for at least an hour to dry out.

Shaker Maker 4My daughter couldn’t wait to start painting them which is a part she really enjoyed.  The paint brush that is included is really fine, much better than the usual brushes you get with kids kits, which enabled my daughter to try and add some detail.

Shaker Maker 5I think the finished results look great and this is a great kit for kids to get crafty with, experiencing plaster moulding and painting.  This would make a great gift anytime, something they can enjoy doing and something that they can keep after.  The moulds are also reusable so if you buy some more plaster you can make some more princesses!

Shaker Maker 6All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the set in order to write an honest review.

 

Beados Gems Designer Studio – Review

Beados Gems Designer Studio from Character toys is a great way to turn your Beados designs into something useful.  Young girls love jewellery and 7yr old Miss M is no exception.  Having used other Beados sets before, she was keen to try this and make something she could wear.

beados gemsThe set does require minor assembly when it comes out of the box but does create a work station that stores all of the beads in separate sections at the top, and a tube which dispense the beads onto your template.  Included are packs of coloured beads, a water spray bottle, 2 templates to hold the beads, picture templates and accessories to turn the designs into jewellery.

beados 1 Miss M was very impressed with this and excited to fill it up with beads.  To dispense the beads into the tube you can turn the circular part until the colour bead you require is at the front then press the button on top and it lets a bead come down the tube.  Keep pressing until you have the required number of beads.

beados 2Once you have finished your design, you need to lightly spray it with water, which magically adheres the beads together, then leave alone until completely dry.

beados 3When dry you can carefully slide the designs from the bead template and they are then free to do as you please.  On the ones we wanted to use for jewellery we had some backing pieces to stick on using a squirt of water.  The bracelet flowers also required careful assembly and can get a bit sticky if you over water, something I had to keep reminding Miss M who loved to squirt the water sprayer!   Once everything is dry you can pop the pieces into the ring and pendant holders and wear your jewellery.  What is a nice idea is that you can easily swap the designs in the ring and pendant by simply popping them out and putting a different one in.

Here are our finished jewels:

beados 4This is a great craft set for a young girl, with which they will have lots of fun and enjoy creating.  I think this would make a lovely present at either birthday or Christmas time.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the products in order to write the review.

 

Yummy Nummies Mini Magic Pizza & Cookies

Yummy Nummies  from Character Options are the latest craze from Japan, where kids get to create mini food treats that taste and look just like the real thing!

Yummy NWe received the mini Pizza and Cookie sets to try out.  Each pack consists of sachets of powder constitute, a plastic mould, and the relevant miniature utensils that are required.  All you need to add are scissors to open the sachets and cold water to add to the powders.

yummyEach kit is simple to put together and just requires the powders to be mixed with water and placed in the appropriate moulds which are then microwaved for anything between 10 and 30 seconds.  Various toppings are added to complete the foods made.

yummy 2What is really unusual about this craft is that it is edible, and not only can you eat it, but each part of the food, tastes like it actually should.  My children loved creating these and with each pack making up to ten items, meant they could both have a go at creating the miniature foods.

yummy 3Once we’d finished, the children couldn’t wait to try them.  I think their faces in the picture above shows how much they enjoyed them, the cookies in particular were their favourite.  I did taste them myself and although they are edible, they are just a bit of fun and a craft that the children enjoyed.

Here is a video of us making the Yummy Nummies:

Yummy Nummies are sure to be the latest craze to hit the UK and I’m sure children will be keen to have a go too when they see it advertised.  There are lots of different things to make such as chicken nuggets, cupcakes, doughnuts and even chocolate bars.  Why not check them out, available from Toys R Us as well as other retailers.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the products in order to write the review.

CRA-Z-ART Crystal Craze Gem Bracelets – Review

CRA-Z-ART Crystal Craze Gem Bracelets is a jewellery making craft kit from Character toys.  Aimed at ages 6+, it was perfect for 7yr old Miss M to have a go at.

gem braceletsThe kit consists of materials to make 15 gem bracelets each using a strip of sticky gems, a piece of coloured cord, a button, some glue and metallic thread.  Miss M was eager to open the box and get started and even asked to do the vlog for me – see at bottom of post.

bracelets 1 Each CRA-Z-ART Crystal Craze Gem Bracelet is made by attaching a button to a piece of cord then taping the cord to the table you are working from to keep it flat.  Then place a row of sticky gems along the cord before winding the metallic thread around the bracelet, placing the strand between each gem as you go.  Finally to finish of tie a knot allowing enough room for a button hole to fasten.

bracelets 2Miss M did require some assistance in finishing off the bracelets in order to get get the correctly sized button hole at the end.  We didn’t realise that you need to cut the gem strip a little shorter in order to do this otherwise you run out of cord.  Once we worked out how to do the first one, the following ones were easy.

bracelets 3bracelets 4The finished bracelets are shiny and colourful and fit Miss M perfectly.  She was able to put them on and off herself easily so she was very happy and enjoyed making them too.

Here is a video showing you a bit more about CRA-Z-ART Crystal Craze Gem Bracelets:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write the review.