Reported by Christina Hammond
Summer is officially upon us, and that means bored kids. Lots of bored kids. Even though my own Chaos Twins are still little, preschool is over and I have already heard “Moooommmmmy! I’m soooooooooooooo bored!: The first time I heard this, I panicked and knew then and there why my parents hated summer vacation.
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Enter the solution: Faber-Castell’s Creativity for Kids kits. Everything you need to keep the kids entertained, all in one box!
We were given two kits to try out and we had a blast with them. The Sparkling 3D Paint Activity Kit (MSRP $21.99) and The Complete Tie Dye Kit (MSRP $24.99) kept us busy for hours. Granted, these kits are for kids a bit older than mine, but they loved helping Mommy “get crafty.”
These kits are two of the larger ones you can get, and have plenty to keep the kids entertained. The Sparkly Paint kit can be used to make window clings, sun catchers, little 3D sculptures and jewelry. We made window clings, sun catchers and a fun little pennant banner for the bedroom mirror.
To begin, you need to snip the ends of each bottle of paint and open them to remove a little paper plug. Some of the plugs in our bottles had folded onto themselves and were floating down in the paint. A toothpick remedied the situation. After you’ve chosen your design and put it in the clear sleeve, you need to paint the outline in, with either the black or silver outliner. After you do this you have to wait until it’s dry. The kids kind of lost interest after this because waiting is hard for toddlers, but older kids will understand.
Here we ran into a couple of problems with the paint. About half of the bottles of paint had an issue of some kind. A couple of the bottles had splits in them and the darker colors (for some reason I couldn’t remedy) would not squeeze out of the bottles through the tip, but rather through the screw lid. While I was able to deal with this, kids might get a bit frustrated.
Allow your design to dry and watch as the colors become clear and sparkly! Peel off of the sheet protector carefully. If you didn’t make sure your color was touching the outline while painting, your design will fall apart.
Stick them to the window, and enjoy the sparkles!
We did a little freehand work next. I drew out the sun catchers on the provided acetate pieces. We like these the best because the colors seem much more vibrant for some reason.
After a particularly grumpy day from my daughter, I made up a little banner to stick to her mirror that says “SMILE” on it. A gentle reminder to start the day on a good foot.
We really like this kit and have plans to really use it up. Even given the issues with the bottles, it was so fun!
Another fun “rainy day” project was The Complete Tie Dye kit. This kit contains everything you need to make a tie dyed XL TShirt that you can cut up and turn into so many different things. The awesome part of this kit is that everything is premeasured, no soda-ash soaking (dangerous for kids) and everything you need to keep the work clean (smock, table cloth, gloves). YAY!
The gloves are good and stretchy. The table cloth could have been a bit bigger, but I was glad for it. The little smock/apron was nice to have on hand as well.
Here you can see the shirt already soaked and little dishes where I used the primary colors provided to mix up some custom colors (orange, green and purple). I was trying to get as many colors in this as possible, knowing we’d be cutting up the shirt to make other things.
After soaking in the dye out in the sun for a few hours, the shirt was vibrant and ummm… ugly.
But that was my fault, and I’m cutting it up, remember? I let it dry out in the sun after rinsing and then threw it in the dryer on high heat to really try to set the dye. We have tie-dyed clothes before and always have trouble getting the dye stay on the shirt and not our other laundry. I decided to make a little necklace and bracelet set for my little girl, and then used the rest of the shirt to make a little skirt for her. Instructions are included for all of these projects (and many more!) and the best part is that if there is any sewing involved at all, it’s minimal and can be done by hand. YAY! I can just imagine all the fun accessories an older girl could come up with.
I think my favorite par of this project is the little lettuce edge I was able to give the skirt by just running my fingernail around the edge. The little lady heartily approves of it as well, and won’t let me take it off of her for better shots!
We had alot of (MESSY) fun with this kit. Be sure to keep the gloves on at all times, even when rinsing the shirt. I came out with a nice pair of green hands after rinsing!
- everything you need in one box!
- entertainment for those summer “Mom! I’M BORED!”
- endless, open creativity.
- great for slumber parties
- the 3D paint can be used to make jewelry, but instructions say it’ll stain skin and clothes. Be aware of this
- they are a bit pricey
- quite a few bottles in the Sparkly Paint kit were defective in some way, easily remedied/dealt with, but younger kids might not handle it well.
- both kits require “wait time” and that can hold kids back a little.