As Monkey is off to ‘big’ school in September I’m trying to encourage as many fine motor activities as possible. So when we received some Summer craft kits from Baker Ross I was very pleased to find a couple of them ideal for this purpose.
The first was an Elephant Mosaic Magnet Kit, Monkey was drawn to this straight away due to all the bright colours, plus he loves elephants. I also like the fact that each elephant comes as its own complete kit in its own little plastic bag. Another bonus is that you don’t need anything else to complete them. Making the kit Ideal for travelling either by plane or in the car, and since they are so well priced at £3.49 for 4 or £13.12 for 16 meaning they are under £1 as a main gift in a party bag.
Each little bag contains:
- An elephant foam template which has white squares on it, these indicate where the mosaic tiles should be placed
- Corresponding self adhesive foam tiles – some are glittered
- Wiggle eyes – these are also self adhesive
- Magnetic strip again self adhesive
- Coloured instruction leaflet
Its a simple concept, but as each mosaic tile is only 5mm square its great for building those hand muscles and hand eye coordination. Monkey at just four was able to take off the tiles himself from the backing paper and also to my surprise apply them to the squares easily. I did think he may struggle with these as they are little fiddly but he found it very straight forward and knew exactly what to do without me even explaining it to him. It took him about 15/20 minutes to complete one elephant. I am breastfeeding at the moment so its a good activity which he can do on the sofa beside me as I feed, especially as there is no glue involved!
The other two kits we received were Glitter Sand and Beach Self-Adhesive Art Sheets, Monkey loves sand craft. Baker Ross first introduced us to it at Easter time, you can read all about it in our Easter Crafting post. As soon as he spotted it he wanted to try it out, although we didn’t until he was actually quite poorly with chicken pox. Being house bound was driving both of us a little mad, so a craft activity was a welcome break. As you will be able to see from the photos below he was struggling with his spots, bless him.
The Glitter Sand, comes in 12 bright colours in little packets, costing £3.49. There is a good amount of glitter mixed in which you can’t see in the photos. To use it you need to snip the edge of the packet. We then sealed ours with sellotape once finished, as Monkey would only complete one art picture at a time. It would be better if the sand came in resealable bags otherwise its a waste, as its amazing how far 30g goes! We used our sand with the supplied beach pictures, however you could mix it with paint, or pva glue for an extra dimension with art projects.
There are eight different beach themed pictures in the Seaside Sand Art Pictures which are:
- A seagull and an ice cream
- Beach parasol and towel
- Row of beach huts
- Sandcastle and bucket and spade
- Flip flops and shells
- Crab and shells
- Boat and lighthouse
The top layer of the picture is precut allowing you to remove it in pieces to reveal the sticker underneath. Each picture measures 19cm x 13cm, the pack costs £2.96.
Monkey set to work straight away, he needed help to remove the top layer. Being four he was tempted to tip the whole packet out and needed a little coaching to only put on a little bit at a time. He soon worked it out and enjoyed pushing the sand around. The sand is very fine which means it covers the sticky surface completely. This is good because it means that when you put another colour on they don’t mix, even when you have to tip the excess off over an area you have already covered. Even Hubby came over and asked how we were going to store the finished art pieces worrying we would end up with sane everywhere. He was pleasantly surprised when I held it up the finished piece and nothing fell off even with a good tap. Although please note we had already removed the excess at this point!
I think the finished picture came out really well, Monkey wanted to put it on display straight away in his bedroom which is pirate themed! All the products mentioned in the post are of the usual high standard which I have come to expect from Baker Ross and I would happily recommend them to our friends.
Finally, as part of their new Summer range Baker Ross have added to their pocket money toys, ideal for party bags. We used the ones they sent us in Monkey’s Paw Patrol themed piñata, they went down a treat at his party. Post coming soon!!
Have you tried out any Summer themed craft activities recently? If so I would love to hear about them in the comments section below.
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