Yesterday we held a children’s craft party with some fabulous kits from Interplay. Miss M was very excited and invited five of her friends from school. Of the four kits on offer we tried the Fairy Princess and Pirates boxes.
Each Kit contains enough contents for six children aimed at ages 5-8. In the Fairy Princess box the children can each make a tiara, wand and wings and they each get a sticker sheet with more than enough stickers to decorate the items, as well packs of stick on jewels to share and a bag of fluffy pink feathers.
The Pirate box had contents to make pirate hats, eye patches and a plastic treasure chest to paint with gold coins to go inside which I thought was a lovely touch.
The girls started off decorating their Fairy Princess items. I was amazed at how quiet the room was as they all got stuck in sticking on jewels, feathers and other bits being quite creative in some cases. I was impressed with their designs and loved watching them totally engrossed in what they were doing.
Once they had finished decorating their wings, I assisted them in threading the ribbon through so they could wear them.
The princesses were so proud fo their new accessories, that they spent the next five minutes all dressed up running around the room shouting “I’m a fairy”, “I’m a princess” and even “I’m a queen”. It was so cute watching them all especially as they had made the items themselves.
It was then time for some food, we had heart shaped pizza, heart shaped sandwiches, and jewel shaped cheesy snacks – perfect for my little princesses!!
After some food it was time to become pirates, having had a pirate themed week at school a couple of weeks ago, they were very keen and knew all the phrases – “Shiver me timbers”, “Ooh arghh me hearties”.
This activity involved painting which they all loved and once again got stuck in. They had a little plastic treasure chests to paint and also included in the party box was a bag of gold coins to put in the boxes. There were also hats and eye patches to become a complete pirate.
I was impressed with how carefully they all wanted to be in painting the boxes. I had to monitor this activity a little more closely to help pass the coloured paints around the table and mop up any mess as they went along so they didn’t lean over into it. They particularly loved trying to make their chests look old and even painted the insides too!
Overall I have to say the Interplay craft party was a great success, the children loved making things and the parents thought it was a great concept. We had a few games at the end which we got from the list found within each party box. The ideas for the games are all theme based depending on the party but simple to play. The Princess games include things like TinkerBell Says and Dancing Fairies, whereas the Pirates games include X Marks the Spot and Musical Pirate Ships.
I think the key success of the party is whether the children enjoyed it. When I asked them what they liked best, they all shouted out everything they had made so it all was a hit with them. Secondly I think party success is the effort for parents. In this case I think the Interplay craft party boxes are great as they really do include everything you need to entertain the children, you just need to add food. I found everything easy to set up and games easy to play. The only thing I wished is that I had been a bit more prepared for the painting activity, but I know for next time.
If you want to find out more about or purchase one of Interplay’s craft party sets, check out the Interplay website.
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.