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We’ve had the Winter Blues around here lately . . . big time! Spring is finally in the air, so it’s not so bad right now, but a few weeks ago we were going crazy. The girls and I all wanted new hairstyles and Ashley and I got our nails done. So, it came as no surprise that Ian was in need of a change of pace as well.
Thankfully, right about that time, we received some fun craft kits in the mail, so he and I went to work on some crafting projects. The items below are available from Galt Toys. Galt 0ffers educational toys for children from ages 0-10, including arts & crafts and learning games & puzzles. Be sure to check them out!
Robo Crew Water Magic
I didn’t expect Ian to be too interested in the Water Magic book. I thought it might be a bit too young for him. But, when we pulled the things from the box, it was the first thing he went for. I don’t know if it was the robots that attracted him, or the little pen that you fill with water; but he quickly asked me to fill it so he could give it a try. And, I have to admit, even I was fascinated by it! Remember those books where you would take a pencil and rub over a plain white page and a drawing would appear? Well, Water Magic is a new (and much improved) version of that. You just move your water pen over the white page and suddenly a full-color image appears! And the coolest thing . . . it’s reusable! After time, the image fades and you can do it all over again! (This also reminds me a bit of Color Wonder except that it is reusable.) Water Magic would be a great travel activity because there’s no mess involved and no chance of kids getting markers on the car seats, etc.
The next thing we decided to try was the Fabulous Foil kit. This kit comes with everything you need to create 12 foil pictures and 25 foil stickers. We had so much fun with this one. Yes, I said, “we.” I can’t resist a good craft project!
With this kit, you simply lift off the sticker sections (not the black outline sections) on a picture card and place a colored piece of foil over it. Rub with your fingers, lift, and voila! The shiny colored foil is adhered to the card. It’s amazing, really. So much so that Ian and I both did two of them because we were having so much fun!
Ian chose the outer space design (shown below) and a helicopter design; I started with a bug and a flower and moved on to the hot air balloon (lower right corner below). We still have 8 designs left to do, along with all the stickers.
The Mega Mosaics kit comes with 12 mosaics pictures to create and lots and lots of colored foam tiles to adhere to them. You simply peel the backing off the little tiles/squares and adhere them to the color-coded card. This project isn’t for those who like “instant gratification” as it definitely takes more time and effort than the foil kit. However, the finished product is really cute and something to be proud of.
For this project, Ian chose a rocket ship and I picked a cute owl. We still have 10 more mosaics to create. Other designs include various animals, a pirate ship, and more!
You can purchase the above craft kits online (at Amazon.com) or at specialty toy stores nationwide. The projects would make great gifts for grandparents and teachers. I plan to hang my bright and cheery owl mosaic at my desk. He puts a smile on my face when I look at him!
All of these kits could easily be worked on in the car while traveling also. I would recommend having some sort of tray for your kids to use as a workspace (doesn’t have to be anything fancy – a simple cookie sheet would do if you don’t have a lapdesk).
What craft projects are you and your kids enjoying this spring?