Its that time of year again when I dig around in my craft box to try and find something to make to decorate the house for Halloween. Especially as we have a little get together planned with both our new and old NCT groups. However with a new baby and a blog sometimes I lack a little bit of inspiration which is why the craft kits from Baker Ross are so good as you have everything you need in the kit. Plus for older kids they are ideal entertainment during a get together. Baker Ross sent us three kits to try out.
The first was Halloween Dotty Art, I knew this would be a hit as soon as I saw it. Plus it ticks that fine motor skill box for me, something which I am trying to work on whenever possible. The fact that the finished projects ended up on our tapestry system – which is a communication app between the school and the parents covering off what the children are learning, is testament to the skills that the kit can help Monkey develop.
The kit contains the eight dot pictures above and sixteen sets of dots. I like how they have included an extra sheet of orange and green ideal Halloween colours! The dots are in three sizes, so not only does it help with hand eye coordination but also teaches the difference between small, medium and large. The pictures are A4 in size so we are intending to use them to decorate the doors for our Halloween get together.
Monkey opted to start with the spider which is probably the one with the most dots. I did wonder if he may loose interest, yet he did manage to do the whole picture in one sitting and it took just under an hour. Probably because we were joking and laughing around as we did our pictures. I found that if you take the outline of the stickers off so its just the dots it made it easier for him to take off the dots which sped the process up. The level of concentration was immense. I love how he pokes his tongue out while he is focusing on something. However he did really enjoy the activity and from a value for money perspective its a great as we have eight sittings in one kit. A single kit costs £3.99. If you were looking at this for a classroom you can buy a larger pack of 32 for £14.72.
Baker Ross also have a number of these kits outside of the Halloween theme. I am definitely considering getting some of the Christmas ones, but they have more general ones as well.
Our second kit was the Haunted House Photo Frame Magnet Kit I was hoping we could use these as little gifts for the grandparents. There are five in a kit. As you can see from the photo below you get a lot of foam pieces included in the kit, all with sticky backing apart from the house part itself. As I have come to expect from the Baker Ross kits the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Once I showed Monkey how to compile the first one he happily did the others himself all in one go. Although initially he did try to put all of the Halloween figures on his first house, so there was a little bit of direction needed. The kit is the same good quality which I have come to expect from Baker Ross. The foam is thick with strong colours, there is quite a bit of detail in the figures and the sticky element secures well. But there is also room for movement if it ended up in the wrong place initially. The magnets are strong enough to hold the frames to the fridge even with all the foam. Each measures 12cm wide.
I like the fact that you don’t need anything in addition to make the frames other than a photo. Which means they are ideal for a Halloween party activity as there is no messy glue fingers in sight. The kit retails at £3.49 for a set of five or £19.80 for a set of 30, however they do not come in the separate cellophane packets like some of the other put together crafts that Baker Ross supply.
Baker Ross also sent us some Day of the Dead Colour-in Mini Gift Bags, there are six in a kit (RRP £2.50), two each of three designs. The bags measure 12cm x 8.5cm. I decided to keep these as a mummy craft, colouring them in with some fibre tip pens. The pens are lovely bright colours and are a complete bargain at £1.98 for three packets, an ideal party bag filler/gift.
We had great fun with these craft kits and I would happily recommend them to friends, you can find their full range in the Baker Ross Halloween Shop. Have you got any craft activities planned on the run up to Halloween? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.
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We were given these craft kits by Baker Ross for the purpose of this review, all words and opinions are my own.