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If you've read some of my other reviews you will know that my eldest daughter has just turned seven and to celebrate we held an arts and crafts party for her. We bought lots of lovely things to make from the Yellow Moon website, and one of the activities was to decorate some stained glass effect bangles.
The bangles come in packs of eight and for each pack you will pay £4.99. This means that each bangle costs just over 60 pence each which I think is pretty good value.
The bangles are made from clear acrylic and are moulded to form an almost circle but they do not form a continuous circle as there is a space which provides a little bit of 'give' when putting the bangles on. They are reasonably flexible but also feel quite strong and sturdy so it looks like there is little chance of these bangles snapping. They are probably about one and a half centimetres in width and the diameter is 54mm. Therefore they are going to be more suitable for younger children with thin wrists. There is absolutely no way it would fit on my wrist so there would be little point in using these with much older children than about seven or eight years.
If you run your finger over the bangle you will feel many slight grooves and it is these that provide a mosaic type pattern for decorating. If children are very patient and precise they could decorate each of these individually and in different colours which is what I thought our party guests would do and it would keep them happily occupied for quite some time. Some chose to do this but many chose to decorate in blocks which was obviously quite a bit quicker. Either way the finished results were quite individual and charming.
It is suggested that these bangles are decorated using fine tip glass pens so I bought some of these to go with the bangles and they worked very well. You could possibly try painting them but I suspect that this would be very fiddly and they probably would not look quite so attractive.
As it was, all the girls at the party really enjoyed decorating their bangles and then wearing them for the rest of the party. I thought that they all looked very effective and it was lovely to see how different they all were. It is the sort of activity that might take either a long or a short time depending on the child. The suggested age range is for three years and above but I think that probably six or seven years old is the optimum age for enjoyment and also being able to wear them. I know they were a great hit with all my daughter's friends and they made a lovely lasting souvenir from the party.