Review: Awesome Craft Kits for Kids

Awesome Craft Kits for kids

Why is crafting great for kids?

Crafting is great for so many reasons.

Cognitively It helps children say focused, helps with eye hand coordination, enhances concentration visual processing, sensory stimulation, and fine motor skills.

It also helps with bilateral coordination.  Bilateral coordination is using both sides of your body at the same time.  This could mean using both hands at the same time to roll out play doh or holding a piece of paper in one hand and cutting using scissors with the other hand.

Crafting can help improve problem solving skills.  When a child is making their craft and something doesn’t go right or they make a mistake, they will have to problem solve to fix it.

Creating craft projects also helps to increase imagination.  When crafting children have the ability to use their creative side.  They can design anything they want.  Encourage them to create new things such as a making up a new animal or creating a new planet or even designing their very own castle.  The ideas are endless.

Crafting can also help children emotionally by building confidence.  Children are proud of the craft projects that they make.  It can help with self-expression.  Children can express themselves through the artwork that they make.

Making different craft projects also helps children with delayed gratification.  In this day and age children often want things now or on demand.  Taking their time to create a craft project helps them learn that some things take time.

Creativity for Kids Grow N Glow Terrarium

 

This Kids Grow N Glow Terrarium craft kit is a fund mix of crafting and science for your child.  I purchased this kit as an activity for my 6 year old daughter.  She loved it.  It took about 30 minutes to put together and decorate.  Not only did she enjoy making her terrarium, she enjoyed watching the plants grow as well.  As a lesson I had her track her plant daily to see how much it grew.  I recommend this kit for children ages 6-10

What is a terrarium?

A terrarium is a small garden that grows inside a clear glass or plastic container.  A terrarium is similar to a to a small greenhouse.

How does a terrarium work?

The plants and soil in the terrarium release water vapor within the sealed environment.  The vapor cannot be released and trickles back down to the plants and soil, so the water recycles itself.

What are the best plants to grow in a terrarium?

The best plants to grow inside a terrarium are small plants that grow slowly.  These plants include:

Ferns
Carnivorous plants such as Venus fly traps (kids get a kick out of those)
Dwarf plants
peperomia
Airplants
Succulents

The Grow N Glow Terrarium kit comes with everything you need to grow and decorate your very own terrarium.  The kit comes with

A plastic jar
decorative star lid
potting mix
organic chia and wheat grass seeds
garden figures
a plant mister to keep your soil moist
decorative sand
River stones
glow in the stickers to decorate and light up your terrarium

The kit comes with step-by-step instructions on how to put together your terrarium.  The directions are easy and is great for children ages 6 and up.  Below you will find instructions.

Step 1: add your soil into your plastic jar
Step 2: Add the sand
Step 3: Add more soil
Step 4: Mist the soil
Step 5: Add the garden figurines
Step 6: Add your seeds.  The kit comes with enough seeds to do grow two sets of plants
Step 7: Put on the lid

This craft kit is a great way to introduce grow plants with your child.  The plants will start to grow in a about 3-4 days.  Once the terrarium is completed, children will only have to mist the soil approximately every other day to keep the soil moist.

This craft makes a great activity for a birthday party, summer camp, girls scouts project, after school program activity.

Some people have asked what happens if you accidentally throw out the seeds?  The kit comes with chia and wheat grass seeds.  If you accidentally throw out the seeds you can purchase new ones at your local garden store or on Amazon

How long do the seeds take to grow?

The seeds take approximately 3-4 days to start growing.  Long enough for delayed gratification but not too long where the children start to loose interest.

Do you need to water the the terrarium?

Yes, even though the water is recycled you must water the terrarium every other day.  The kit comes with a soil mister to use.

How tall will the plants grow?

The plants will grow as tall as the jar.  If you take the lid off they may grow out of the jar.

Box dimensions 3.6 x 9.8 x 9.8

Fuse Bead/Perler Bead Craft Kit

Best big kid craft

When I was a child I loved making fuse bead projects.  Lets face it, I love making them now.  Fuse beads also called perler beads are so much fun and they keep kids busy for hours. They are a great craft for both boys and girls and unlike most craft kits , I recommend them for older children ages 7-adult.   I will say that fuse beads/ perler beads are small and a choking hazard, I would not recommend them for young children.  To complete any fuse or perler bead craft, you will need the beads, bead board, iron and ironing paper.

Because this craft is so much fun I would recommend purchasing the large fuse bead/ perler bead bucket.  This bucket comes with 22000 beads in assorted color.  It sounds like a lot but each project uses a lot of beads so this will come in handy.  Also, you want to have a lot of the same color available to that children will have the colors they need to design their project.  Perler Bead Bucket

This large bucket comes with 22,000 beads in 30 different colors.  It also comes with the reusable ironing paper.

 

 

 

 

 

After purchasing the bucket of beads you will need the bead boards or peg boards.  There are a variety of pegboards available including animals, people, flowers and more.  I recommend this set.  I have used them before in a summer camp program and the kids loved them.

Perler bead pegboards.  The one to my  right is available on Amazon.  This set comes with 7 pegboard including a monkey, boy, girl, butterfly, teddy bead and two different flowers.

 

 

I also like the plain pegboard set below.  Children get to use their creative size and design anything they like with the boards below.  My daughter really liked Nightmare Before Christmas.  We googled perler bead Jack Skellington and a picture came up that was easy to follow.  We just printed it out and placed the perler image under the square and she was able to fill in the square to match.  It came out great.
 

Fuse Beads/Perler beads are so much fun.  It’s a great activity for an after school program, summer campy, party, or a rainy or cold day.  It’s actually fun for any day.  Sometimes my daughter likes to turn her project into a magnet.  After the project has been ironed and is cool, we hot glue a magnet to the back.

How do you use Fuse Beads/Perler Beads?

Fuse bead/perler beads are fun and easy to use.  All you need are the beads, a pegboard, iron, iron paper and your imagination.

Using the beads fill in your pegboard in any design you want.  Make sure the pegbord is filled in, do not leave spaces in between your beads.

After your design is complete, have an adult melt your beads using an iron.  You will want to remove all the water from your iron and place it on the cotton setting.

Put the included iron paper over your design then have the adult iron your project, by placing the iron on top of the iron paper and letting the beads melt underneath.  This takes about 1-3 minutes.  let cool for one minute and remove design from the pegboard.

Your design is now melted together and yours to keep.

Can you Reuse the Pegboard?

Yes, pegboards are completely reusable.  Once your design is melted and cooled, pull it off from the board. Then the pegboard is free to be used over and over again.

Can you Reuse the Beads?

No, one the beads are ironed and have melted you cannot reuse them, even if you break your design apart.

How Long will it take to Complete this Project?

This will depend on how much thought a child puts into their design and how big of a pegboard they choose.  I would give the child at least one hour to complete this project.

Made by Me Window Art Craft Kit


Window Art Kit
This is an awesome craft kit!  In this craft kit you will be able to create window clings and sun catchers to hang in the window.  This window art kit has the ability to create 20 little window craft projects to keep you little ones busy for a while.

Included in the kit
12 sun catchers
12 suction cups
1 Acetate sheet
3 tubes of window paint
1 glitter paint
string
instruction booklet

To make the sun catcher, you need to fill in each design with the sun catcher paint.  After they dry, use the included string and suction cups to hang your art from the window.

The window clings were really fun to make.  The thing I liked best about the instruction booklet that it also included tracers for you to use to create the window clings.  Some of the tracer drawings include a rainbow, sun, and a flower.   Place the acetate sheet over the drawing.  Trace the drawing with the included black paint.  Then fill in the drawing with the window paint.  Once it’s completely dry (I let mine dry overnight) pull your design off the paper and stick it to your window.  No cutting is required.  Feeling creative?  Use the black paint to draw a design on the acetate sheet

This craft kit includes everything all you will need is something to cover the table with.

What if I run out of paint?

The kit comes with enough paint to complete all the included projects.  But, if you run out of a color or want to paint with a color that was not included?  No problem, you can use any sun catcher paint or glass stain.  These paints are available on Amazon, Wal-Mart, Michael’s or any local craft store?

How Long does this Craft Take?

My daughter aged 6 completed the sun catchers in about 30 minutes.  If you have an older child who may pay more attention to details it might take a little longer.  My daughter wanted to create her own window clings, she worked on those for a while.  We did not do both on the same day.

 How Long does the Window Clings Take to Dry?

When my daughter drew out her window cling design it took about 3 hours to dry completely.  Yo have to make sure that the paint to dry to the touch before adding in the other colors or it will run and look a mess.  We learned this the hard way.  After it dried and she painted in her design we let it dry for 24 hours before removing.

 

Make a Wind Chime Craft Kit for Kids

 

What is a Wind Chime?

A wind chime is a decoration, made out of a variety of things such as metal, plastic, even shells that hangs down from strings and rods.  They are usually hung by a doorway, window or porch.  When the wind blows they make a musical sound.

In this craft kit, children will have the ability to design and build their very own wind chime.  Once they finish their craft it can be assembled and put out on display.

Included in the kit:
2 small terra cotta pots (approximately 1.5 inches each)
paint strip
paint brush
string
5 wind chime rods 2 3/3 inches long

your child will have fun painting and designing their wind chime.  Once it is completely dry it can be assembled.  The pots each have pre-drilled holes at the top.  Which was good because I do not know how to use a drill.  Assembly was not hard but it was definitely something I had to do.  My 6 year old daughter could not put it together herself.

The wind chime was about 6 inches long when fully assembled.  We hung it on the try in front of our house.  So far it has held up well. We haven’t had any heavy storms lately but it stayed in tacked during the last rain shower.

I would recommend this craft for ages 5-10.

How Long will it Take to Complete the Wind Chime?

The wind chime is very tiny.  It’s a cute project but small.  It will not take long than 30 minutes to complete.

What Kind of Paint Can you Use on the Terra Cotta Pots?

The kit comes with paint.  You can also use acrylic paints on the pots.

Will the Wind Chime Make Noise?

Yes, when you hang it up outside, you will hear a light noise when the wind blows.

How Long does the Pots Take to Dry?

After my daughter painted the pots, we left them out on the table for about 2.5 hours.  They were completely dry when we checked on them.

I recommend this art kit for children ages 6-10

 

Magnetic Mini Tile Art

Magnetic Tile Art

Let your child’s imagination run wild while they create masterpieces on these cute little tiles.  My daughter absolutely loved this craft kit.  She used it on one of her play dates with her bestie.  They had a blast painting different designs on their tiles.  They also used Sharpies to complete their design.  This is a cute craft for a party, play date, summer activities, school break activity or really any time.

This cute craft kit comes with:

10 2×2 inch ceramic tiles

Peel and stick magnetic backing

6 paints including both primary and secondary colors.  The colors that come with the kit are yellow, blue, pink, orange green and purple.  The paints are nontoxic and washable.

Paintbrush

idea book

 

How Does it Stick?

This kit includes 10 magnetic backing pieces.   Once your craft is completely dry just peel off the back of the magnetic and stick it to the back of your tile.  Then your tile is ready to hang on refrigerator, locker or any metal surface.  To make sure the magnets stayed on I did reinforce it with hot glue.

Can you use markers instead of paint?

Yes, you would have to use permanent markers.  We tried it with Sharpies and it worked great.

How Long did this Craft Take?

Because it only came with 10 tiles, I had my daughter and her friend think of their designs and draw them out on paper before painting them on the tiles, this make them take a little longer to complete the project.  It took them about an hour to complete the craft.  They took their time with designing the tiles.

Box dimensions 6.2 x 2 x 8.5

I recommend this craft for ages 5-10