“ Manufacturer: Alex Toys / Type: Craft Supplies „
When I was looking for presents for my daughter for her 5th birthday I started sifting through the childrens arts and crafts on Amazon as she loves making things and isn't really into the usual things little girls are such as dolls. I came across this set and thought she would really enjoy using tissue paper to make pictures and so I bought her it, it costs £9.05 and has free delivery so I thought it was a pretty good price for a craft set.
The box is bright blue in colour and very strong I think it is much stronger than most craft kits and toys you buy. There are pictures on the front showing your child what pictures they can create and the box states that this is suitable for ages 3 and up. The box is sealed with sellotape when you get it so you know nothing inside has been tampered with.
Inside the box there are small squares of tissue paper in nine different colours, you get red, yellow, orange, green, bright pink, purple, light blue and dark blue. I was really impressed with the tissue paper as for all it is pretty thin it is already cut into small squares making it easy to scrunch up for the picture and of course once it is scrunched up the quality really doesn't matter. My daughter has found it very easy to scrunch the pieces up and hasn't had any rips or tears so it is plenty string enough for making the pictures.
The set comes with 6 different templates inside you get a butterfly, a bird, a flower, a star, a fish and a car. The templates are yellow in colour but this is actually a backing which is sectioned into small areas, when the backing is taken off the underneath is sticky so that no glue is needed to use the set. There is a drawback with the stickiness which is that each are needs to be completed quite quickly as it loses it's stickiness quite quickly after being exposed to the air. I love that this set is self sticking as my daughter makes loads of mess when she plays with glue and she was really happy about it too as she can play with it where her younger sister is without worrying about her grabbing a glue pot.
The final pieces in the set are 4 large goggley eyes which you do need glue to attach and are quite hard to attach on top of the tissue paper as we found so I would suggest like we did on some of the pictures sticking the eyes on before you start applying the tissue paper. There is a small sheet of glossy paper in the box which with very colourful diagrams shows your child how to use the set, I like it when the instructions are in pictures as then my daughter can try and work out what she needs to do herself although I would say some worded instructions with the pictures could be a good idea.
The set is very easy to use, you simply select which picture you plan on decorating and then remove one small piece of backing to reveal the stick section, this is very easy to do and my daughter who has next to no nails can manage to take the pieces off herself. You then select which colour you would like to use, take a piece of the tissue paper and scrumple it up into a ball before placing it where you would like it on the sticky area. The paper is easy to scrumple and fixes to the template easily without having to press too hard, the finished pictures are lovely and the papers are lovely and brightly coloured so makes the art work really attractive.
I think this was a great value set which has kept my daughter amused for hours and hours which is always a bonus, it is easy to use and my daughter has loved giving out her finished creations.