“ Manufacturer: Brainstorm / Type: Drawing / Age: 6 Years+ „
My daughter has always had an affinity for drawing and arts and crafts, so when Christmas's and birthdays come around there is always an abundance of products to keep her and my son entertained, with one of those products being subject of this review.
The set I will now review is - "Glow creations - draw and glow projector".
Many moons ago my daughter owned an "early learning centre" projector, but it got smashed up and since then my daughter has gone on and on until my brother decided to treat her (yes my kids are that spoilt!).
The set comprises of a horseshoe shaped base unit, attached to this is an adjustable stand that holds the projector light, with the light and magnifying dial being the final addition to the unit.
Alongside this you also get a pack of generic coloured pencil crayons, 12 picture caps, including pictures of a dolphin, a wizard and various other animals, drawing paper and a glow highlighter pen.
Also included is a small pile of self adhesive paper perfect fro creating your own stickers and also a torch, with which you can project the pictures caps onto walls and doors, not really sure of the point of this unless you intend on drawing larger sized pictures to decorate walls and such.
Before use the batteries should be inserted into the light box, the box states that 5 x AA batteries are needed, in truth only four are needed for the projector and one for the torch.
Once this done the stand and adjustable arm can very easily be clipped together, with the projector being the last thing to be clipped on, though be warned that the stand and the base are easy enough to be separated, but the light box will stay permanently on the stand.
There are various little holes and indentations for the caps and the pens to be held within the horseshoe shaped base, keeping them all together until needed.
To use you either place the self adhesive paper or a sheet of the normal paper under the base to hold it steady.
You then pick a picture cap and place over the light nozzle on the underside of the projector.
Then the projector can be switched on via a switch on the side of the unit, you can then adjust the size of the picture with the dial on the top, and once the desired size is reached, you can simply trace the design on to the paper.
The caps are not too detailed in design meaning the picture is all bold outlines and ideal for a child to trace around, but still giving them the space and opportunity to be able to colour the picture in and make the picture their own design.
As a finishing touch the child can colour in details on the picture with the glow felt tip pen, my daughter loved this as her creations get stuck up on her bedroom walls, so at night they all glowed beautifully back at her!
This set is a nice addition to my daughters arts and crafts box, though is not the most robust of sets, actually looking quite cheap and flimsy, though she has looked after this one a bit more than the previous and has yet to damage it.
Price wise this available from www.amazon.co.uk for £12.51, which is probably more than I would have spent, but needless to say Kaitlin has definitely had her moneys worth out of it.
For more information visit - www.glowstars.co.uk
Thanks for reading x