“ Brand: Chad Valley / Type: Crafts / Age: 3 Years+ „
I Think you will find a pattern in my reviews I love Argos's 2 for £15 toys. I find most of them good value for money but this was amazing value for money.My children are growing up a little and love to do anything messy so i decided i would sit and do some crafts with them. With me not being an arty person with lack of imagination i decided to look for something easy that is when I came across these boxes.
There are 8 different activities.
Jigsaw fun - With this box you receive 4 puzzle cards with crayons and felt tips. The pictures I felt were a little too detailed for my children although the recommended age is 3 years+ there was an under sea scene and my son was just lost where to start but all the same he loved the colouring in. Again once it was coloured he wanted to put it together but it breaks up into a lot of small pieces maybe about 30 this is just too complex for 3 year olds so maybe this activity will be better for older children.
Glitter fun- Again you receive 4 pictures more crayons and 2 glitter stick pens. My children loved these coloured the pictures and then got nice and messy adding the glitter again the pictures were very detailed but my children seemed to enjoy it with this box as it meant more places to add glitter.
Sticker fun - Children make a scenes with stickers but my children wanted to stick them anywhere but on the postcards. You receive 2 cards more pens and stickers.
Sand art - this was one of our favourites. You receive 2 pictures stickers 4 bags of sand and a brush. You peel little parts of the sticker picture of and then add the coloured sand you want for that area and repeat until whole of the picture is covered.Although this was extremely messy my children found it so exciting one of our favourites.
Badge fun - More felt tips 6 badges and 3 sets of pre-printed badge card. Another one of our favourites you receive large medium and small badges with plastic attaches so no worry of pin pricks. There are 3 cards each sheet with a different picture and for each picture there are two badges to colour for the large holder 2 for the medium size and two for the small.
Rainbow wind chime - you receive 1 rainbow plastic piece, 4 metal tubes, 4 paints, 1 brush and string. As there was only one my children had to take turns in painting this which they did not seem to mind. After it had dried they enjoyed adding the chimes and hanging it by our window where it now hangs proudly.
Creative fun is 6 pieces of paper that is called all about me with different sections for the child to add pictures of there favourite things. At the end it can be tied together with the string and made into a little book.
Stamps- you receive 6 pieces of plain paper 10 stamps and more felt tip pens.I believe you are meant to draw on the sponge part of the stamp with the pen to make them work but they did not work well for us. I just used some paint we had at home instead and my children loved making pictures with the stamps.
I would recommend these to anyone wanting to keep their children busy on rainy days. As some of the boxes have 4 sheets or activities to them we managed to get 2 uses out of them and have had hours of good fun with them. The markers that you receive with them are not up to much but by the end of all 8 boxes you soon have another load of crayons and felt tips to add to our pen collection.
I have actually brought 3 for 2 on these with the current promotion at Argos and I know I will have 2 happy children at Christmas when they see these boxes.
This Chad valley craft box is sold at argos.co.uk and retails at £9.99 but is available on a 2 for 15 pounds offer; I didn't want two of these but took advantage of the offer as it is across a wide range of toys and games.
It comes in quite a big box and I was expecting to find instructions and art material inside this box but was very pleasantly surprised to find that inside the large box were 8 separate boxes each for making a different craft project, these would be a great idea to separate and give out as 8 separate gifts to family members at Christmas.
The boxes included.
Jigsaw fun where you make your own jigsaw, my daughters really enjoyed doing this and it was a craft that they didn't need too much help with so was great for when I wanted to keep them occupied and out of my hair for a while.
Glitter fun which contained 4 pictures to colour in, 6 crayons and two glitter glues, I was disappointed that there were only two glitter glues but luckily we already had some at home, my daughters enjoyed colouring the pictures in and making them sparkle with the glitter.
Sticker fun we got stickers, cards and markers, this was a great craft for when I didn't want them to make too much mess but as usual my 5 year old decided she preferred to stick the stickers any where but on the card.
Sand art fun was great it had 4 bags of lovely coloured sand and a brush to apply it to glue to make lovely pictures out of it, I wouldn't say it was a complete kit though as you have to provide your own glue and paper but my daughters enjoyed it.
Badge fun was my favourite, you get 6 badges, 4 markers and 3 pre printed inserts for the badges, the badges are reusable and you can put any picture in there, my daughters have since cut up my Argos catalogue for pictures to put in there badges.
Rainbow wind chime is a complete kit to make a wind chime, it has a plastic top piece, 4 metal tubes, 4 paints, string and a brush included, my daughters had great fun making this together but it did require my help to put it together for them and is now hanging from the Wendy house driving my neighbours mad.
Creative fun was mine and my daughters least favourite of these sets as you don't actually make anything in particular in this kit you get paper, crayons, string, scissors and glue.
Stamping fun is quite good, you get 10 stamps 4 marker pens and 6 sheets of paper, my daughters relay enjoyed this although the younger one decided to stamp her self and it wasn't very easy to get off her skin.
I would recommend these craft sets to anyone with young children especially at this time of year when the weather is unpredictable, the age on the box is for age 3 years and over but whilst this is a suitable age you would need to supervise and give lots of help.
Chad Valley is best known as Woolworths brand, but since Woolies went under, it's been taken on at Argos. This Chad Valley Mega Value Craft Box Set is available from Argos for only £9.99, which I think is amazing value! They've even had it on offer recently for £4.99 although the sale stock went speedily funnily enough.
What you get for your £10 is a fairly decent sized box, about the size of your average craft set. Inside that box are eight individually sealed boxes of various craft activities including DIY jigsaws, badges, sand art, sticker fun, stamping set and even a make your own wind chime. I was very impressed with the variety included in this, and pleased that the projects are all unique and not just slightly altered versions of one another.
With these being individually sealed, there are loads of uses for them, with the obvious brilliant use being as birthday presents for kid's parties. It costs a small fortune really if you've got a young child going to a couple of birthday parties each month. Instead of shelling out £5 a time, you can just wrap up a couple of these and they easily look like you spent £5 on them.
These are also good for rainy day projects. Our grandson is one of those kids who you have to continually entertain, he just can't entertain himself very well at all. When he's having one of those "I'm bored" days, we can fish out one of these and have a go at doing something new and different.
Inside each box, of these projects we've undertaken so far, I've been impressed with the simple but effective contents. In the jigsaw box for example I found a packet of four crayons, a packet of three felt pens, and three jigsaw puzzles ready to colour in. The jigsaws were all pre-cut out of thin cardboard and were easy to seperate after we coloured in the pieces so that we could do the puzzle. The cardboard could have been slightly thicker, but it certainly didn't rip or tear.
For £9.99 these are great value for money. You don't just get a good little variety of craft materials, you also get eight brilliant craft ideas for little ones to get stuck into. You could probably knock up a few of these projects yourself using internet downloads and existing craft supplies, but at this price is that really worth all the time and hassle?! I don't think so myself, I'd rather pay the £10 and save myself the bother.