“ Manufacturer: Crayola / Type: Painting / Age: 4 Years+ „
My eldest daughter who is six and a half loves having a good art project to really get stuck into. As people know this about her, she tends to get lots of arty and crafty kits for her birthday and for Christmas. She has made so many things recently but she does tend to have a particular fondness for the various Crayola kits she has made. The latest in a long line of these are the wonderfully colourful Bouncing Butterflies that she has just made!
The idea is to make a card mobile butterfly that bounces up and down on a elastic string. The kit comes with everything provided and it does not involve any cutting with scissors which makes it ideal for younger children to make too.
The first thing that the young artist has to do is to press out the butterfly shapes from the card. This is already pre punched so this is relatively simple. Each butterfly needs two sets of wings - one set is plain and the other has a number of curvy shapes that need to be pressed out also. The shapes can then act as a stencil in order to design the second set of wings as the next step is to decorate all the wings. There are a few felt tip pens provided and also lots of colourful stickers so there is plenty of scope.
Once they are decorated, the wings need to be fixed inside the plastic body of the butterfly. There are two of these - one for each butterfly and they have a elastic cord attached to the top and to the bottom. There are just picture instructions for doing this but it is actually quite tricky and might possibly require some adult assistance. However, when the wings are attached, the whole thing works very well and by pulling the cords at the top and the bottom the butterfly really does appear to be bouncing in the air!
These butterflies are very quick to make although it does depend a little how carefully your child chooses to decorate the wings as this is what takes the majority of time. The fact that it is quite quick and straightforward to make though makes it ideal for young children who might not have the patience to complete something that would take much longer. The recommended age range is four years plus which seems to be about right to me but don't dismiss it for older children who I am sure would equally enjoy making the butterflies. My six year old and five year old have both made one and it is perfectly manageable for both of them. Also, as there are two butterflies to make, it makes it a nice activity to do with a sister or a friend.
At present this lovely art set can be bought on Amazon for £8.04 (April 2010)