Hello Kitty Mandala Designer – Review

Hello Kitty Mandala Designer from Ravensburger is a stencil kit aimed at children aged 6+, to create Hello Kitty mandala designs.  It comes in a small pink box that clips shut and I was impressed that this holds the stencil template, paper squares, the pen and colouring pencils.  This makes it a great little kit for taking out with you or away on holiday.

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The stencil works by ensuring an arrow is matched on the circle stencil to the arrow on the frame and draw through the stencil a couple of images of your choice.  Then turn the stencil by either 1, 2 or 4 arrows forward and repeat your image.  By the time the stencil has come full circle you will have a complete circular image of designs.

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Miss M who is 6, is the perfect age to start creating these designs.  She needed some initial pointers as to turning the stencil in even increments but once she got the hang of it she sat quite happily creating designs on her own.  She even added some freehand drawing to her designs to finish them off before colouring them in.

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Initially the set looks fairly basic, but it’s amazing how many different designs you can come up with and how intricate you can make them.  There’s lots more potential to get creative as Miss M gets a bit older and more confident at using the stencil.  Here are a few of the simple designs she came up with:

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I think it’s really nice that you can create not only your own designs, but you then have something to colour in.  You can use the finished designs for lots of things, maybe add them to a homemade birthday card, cut them out and hang them up along a piece of string as some bunting or just have fun with them.

The Hello Kitty Mandala has really kept Miss M occupied on her own and I think it’s a great little set that she can easily pop in her bag and take with her.  The plastic case and stencil are well made and the pen and coloured pencils that are included are also of a good quality.  This would make a lovely gift for a girl and something that can be used again and again.  All you need to do is cut some little squares of paper up to fit underneath the stencil and you can make endless designs.

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We’ve really enjoyed trying out the Hello Kitty Mandala and think it’s a fun way to stencil.  It’s keeps a child occupied on their own and the designs don’t take too long to do, which keeps them motivated to see the finished result.

If you’d like to hear more about the Hello Kitty Mandala as well as other Mandala and craft kits from Ravensburger, then why not join their twitter party on Wednesday 28th May from 1pm – 2.40pm.  Use the hashtag #Getcrafty and make sure to follow @Ravensburgerpc who will be hosting. See you there!

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

The Muppets Puzzle by Ravensburger – Review

The Muppets puzzle by Ravensburger is designed for children of the age 6+, perfect for Miss M to try as she was 6 in January.  The pieces are fairly large making this a good sized finished puzzle at 49×36 cm.  The puzzle contains 100 pieces making the biggest puzzle Miss M has attempted to date, but also allows her to be a little challenged and make her think a bit more.Muppets 1

The theme of the puzzle, The Muppets, coincides with the release of the new Muppets film and is an image of all the Muppets together.  The Muppets are something I grew up watching and always was a fan of Miss Piggy.  Miss M was quite unfamiliar with the characters but it was a great opportunity to teach her their names.  She found most of them quite funny as she pointed out their quirky features and bright colours.

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We tipped the puzzle out and I guided Miss M to separate the edge pieces from the middle ones and then we began to create the border of the puzzle.

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I thought she did really well, although I did give her a little assistance on the outside of the puzzle to get her going.

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I was really pleased to see Miss M getting totally engrossed in completing the inner part of the puzzle her self.  When she got a bit stuck, I prompted her by pointing out an obvious feature on the box to look out for which got us talking about The Muppets.  She kept herself motivated and eventually finished the whole puzzle which she was so happy about!

I think this is the perfect size of puzzle for a 6 year old as they can just about complete it with minimal assistance and a little guidance, which gives them the satisfaction of doing it themselves but also have a little bit of a challenge.  I like the way Ravensburger grade their puzzles by age and size of the puzzle pieces.  Miss M loved completing The Muppets puzzle and it has given her some knowledge of the characters.  I think this is a great activity for children to do, that can be done again and again.

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