“ Manufacturer: Baker Ross / Type: Crafts „
I use these with my art and craft group, the children are anything from two years old plus, parents do help the younger ones and the idea of these is great. The materials used are good and the colours are appealing.
I have a few minor gripes that could be dealt with easily. Some pieces are unnecessary the elephant for example has two many layers on his head, I often remove these before giving them to the children as they are just not needed and confuse small children.
I have had lots of these kits in the last three years and I am still amazed at how many missing pieces they have, we often have missing eyes or the furry pom poms for the giraffes. I have spoken to baker ross customer services about this but the attitude tends to be an "ok thats dealt with, no further action neccessary".
Its a shame as the idea is great but we tend to make our own versions now.
As I have previously mentioned in another review, my older daughter has just turned seven and celebrated with an arts and crafts party. The guest shad lots of different things to make and these included some animal foam door hangers. I bought these from Yellow Moon and they come in packs of four that cost £1.99 (they were previously £3.91) which means that they only cost fifty pence each (June 2010) which I think is great value.
There are four different designs - a monkey, a giraffe, a tiger and an elephant - and you get one of each of these in the pack of four. These all come as separate kits and, apart from glue, contain everything that your child would need in order to complete the door hanger. These include lots of pre cut foam pieces and some wiggle eyes. There is also a template to follow which was actually very necessary as it would have been quite tricky to put all the pieces together otherwise.
These door hangers were a little bit more time consuming to make than I had expected. There are quite a few fiddly bits with some of them (particularly the giraffe) and some of the girls (all mainly aged six and seven) did find it quite difficult. There were many different bits to stick on and some of these were quite small. I felt it was a shame that the foam pieces did not have an adhesive backing as this would have made them a lot easier to put together. The need for glue means another thing to think about and certainly will make it more difficult for younger children. The recommended age for these is actually three years and over but I can't see that there is any way that a three year old would manage any of these and the parent would end up having to make the thing. Having said that though, out of the four the elephant and the monkey are much easier than the giraffe or the tiger so if you did use them with a mix of ages this would be worth bearing in mind.
The templates to follow are useful but could be improved if they were colour coded as we did sometimes feel confused over colours. Basically there is just a black and white picture to copy. Most of the girls did want to copy the designs but some were happier to just do their own thing and the hangers were just as good - in their own way!
Although I have mentioned a couple of minor gripes, overall, when these are completed these door hangers are very attractive and quite satisfying to make. The foam pieces use bright and vibrant colours and the wiggle eyes make the finished animals look quite comical. The finished product also feels quite strong and sturdy and should be able to hang on most door handles. Children will probably also want to put their own message such as 'Keep Out!' on the hanger.
All the girls were very pleased with their completed door hangers but I have to say that some of them became quite frustrated with the making and I did end up finishing a couple of them. Six or seven is probably the right sort of age but I definitely would not attempt to make them with younger children.
Overall, these are good fun products but not as easy to put together as you might expect!