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.