Mothers day feels early this year, Im not sure if thats actually the case or just that its sneaking up on me? We generally don’t send cards between Monkey and the grandparents for Mothers or Fathers day although I know there are now Grandparent cards in the shops. However it is nice for him to make a craft or similar for them insted. Being generally short of time and tired from the pregnancy its always good when a company comes to the rescue with some kits that can be used for that purpose. Thank you Baker Ross.
There are three craft kits which Monkey and I sat down to over the weekend, the first was the Tulip Pencil Pot Kit which is an ideal craft if you only have around 15 minutes to make something. Monkey has already decided that the blue tulip is his and it currently resides on his chest of draws.
The kit contains four green pencil pots which are made of thick cardboard which has been laminated and so shiny. One of the things I like about the Baker Ross craft kits is the quality, I am often disappointed now when I go shopping to the high street and try different brands.
There are four foam tulips with corresponding leave and four sets of ladybird and butterfly stickers to go with them. Initially Monkey decided which coloured stickers to match up with each tulip and then we set about making them. The only additional item you need is glue. To minimise mess we actually used double sided tape and it worked really well. Once the tulip and the leaves are fixed then all you need to do is add the stickers. Peeling off the backing helped with Monkey’s fine motor skills. The RRP for a pack of 4 is £2.99.
The next kit we tried out was the Bug Fingerprint Decoration Kit, Monkey loves anything that has stamping involved. By that he means ink pads and the ability to put his fingers all over them! So when he saw this he was very excited and wanted to start making finger prints straight away. I managed to hold him back until after we had assembled the insects.
In each kit you get five different insects – ladybird, caterpillar, butterfly, dragonfly and bumble bee. Each of the foam insect has corresponding foam stickers to build up the decoration, these parts have a sticky back so you do not need any glue. Making it ideal for a journey or restaurant make as its pretty mess free. You also get five ribbons and four ink pads in purple, blue, black and orange. Monkey found some of the foam pieces fiddly to apply although it helped with his fine motor skills, he also had trouble putting some of them into the right places. Once we had made all five Monkey then started to add his finger prints.
This was by far his favourite bit. In total it took about 40 minutes to put all of them together and then apply the fingerprints. At 3.5 years old this is about the extent of his staying power, an activity longer than 40 minutes will not hold his attention. A pack of five retails at £3.49, they also do a larger class room sized pack of thirty for £19.80.
The third kit was the Butterfly Ceramic Flowerpots that come in a pack of four. They measure 7cm each and so are ideal for little house plants and make a great Mothers Day Gift.
I decided that we should use acrylic paints to decorate them as the give a much richer colour than the pre mixed kids paints you can get. Monkey though it was great he was allowed to use ‘adult’ paint and we also used some finer paint brushes than usual. The plant pots started off blank. The come well packaged with bubble wrap and polystyrene for padding. Retailing at £3.96 for four they are definitely a much cheaper option than the paint your own studios we have visited before.
It took Monkey about half an hour to paint two of the pots, including the inside of them – which he was a little obsessed with. Of course I had to join in and did the other ones. It was the most messy craft out of the three but my favourite by far as I think they look really good. Of course we had to go and get some little plug plants to go into them. I am sure the grandparents will like their little plants I know Monkey enjoyed picking them out at the garden centre.
Have you got any Mothers day crafts planned ready for the 6th? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.
I was sent these craft kits for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own.