I was truly delighted when our first ever package from Baker Ross arrived last week. One of the kits we were set was a Rocket Stained Glass Effect Decoration Kit. Having never used any of Baker Ross’s products before we couldn’t wait to try it out, so I laid out the below invitation to create for Monkey for when he got home from nursery. I have been laying out invitations a couple of times a week, however sometimes with work pressures it can be difficult to find time – this is when a craft kit can really help!
The kit contains
- 6 squares of cellophane in each colour – red, yellow, green, blue, pink and purple
- 18 rocket die cuts enough to make six rockets, 2 of each design
- 6 ribbons for hanging
In addition you will need
- PVA glue, applicator and tray
Monkey quickly went about cutting the cellophane. He has just turned three so this is a perfect opportunity to practice his scissor skills. Why is it important to practice scissor skills? Well from the research I have done practising cutting can have the following benefits
- Helps build hand eye coordination
- Develops bilateral coordination – i.e. using both sides of the body, one hand for cutting and the other for holding the piece of paper/material which is being cut
- Develops fine motor skills – which will ultimately help get your child ready for writing. I will be writing about fine motor skills in more depth with another Baker Ross kit I will be reviewing soon.
I have always been put off by craft kits as inevitably there is not enough material to complete the project. In this kit there was plenty of cellophane to finish the rockets, we had only used about a quarter in making three rockets. Although I had to negotiate with Monkey about having a completely blue rocket (blue is his favourite colour)! The card is substantial and true black in colour.
He also had fun popping out the die cut bits from the rockets. Once the cellophane is attached you place the matching die cut over the top and then trim around it. Monkey did attempt the trimming but I did the majority of it.
It took us about 40 minutes to make three rockets one of each type, I was quite surprised as Monkey would not normally stick at a craft project for much longer than about 20 minutes.
It also gave us the opportunity to talk about some of the different shapes in the rockets – circles, triangles, rectangles and stars. He was also interested in the colours and we played with the different cellphones looking through them and seeing the effect on the room. Before combining them to see what colours we could create – our first attempt at mixing colours..
I really like this set and would happily recommend it to my friends, it turned out to be so much more than a craft kit! Thank you Baker Ross, we now have some lovely rockets now in Monkey’s room – we are saving the other three for Bonfire Night!
The kit retails at £3.96 and you can find it here on the Baker Ross website.
I was sent the Rocket Stained Glass Effect Decorations Craft Kit for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own.