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Both my daughters love art and craft activities, so when my youngest was recently five, her older sister wanted to get her some sort of craft kit that they could do together and that she could help her younger sister (well basically take over if you know what I mean?) Out shopping, we spotted this Winnie the Pooh badge making kit in Toys R Us and it seemed ideal.
This is a great kit for any child who loves all of the adorable Winnie the Pooh characters. They have the chance to make delightful badges featuring Pooh, Eyeore, Piglet, Tigger and the others. Altogether there are six different pictures they can choose from.
The kit contains a number of different things that are needed to make the badges. There are six different stamps each featuring a different character. There is also a black inkpad and a pad of paper. The first step in the badge making process is to pick a figure, press it on the inkpad and then stamp it firmly on the paper. I was surprised how tricky my daughters found this. They did not press the stamp down hard enough at first so that they only got a faint outline. They also found it difficult to press down and keep the stamp still which meant that they ended up achieving a very fuzzy outline! Neither of these was very helpful for the next stage so they probably do need a bit of adult help at this stage, especially younger children. By the way, the suggested ages for the kit are four years and upwards.
After you have the picture on the paper, the children will need to colour it in. There are six felt tip pens provided with just the basic colours. Obviously you don't need to just use these but it is good that they are there and I guess it is handy if they are making the badges somewhere else (say at their grandparents) and there are no other coloured pens available.
For the final stage your child has to make the badge up and although at first it looks tricky it is actually quite straightforward. There is a stencil to draw a circle around the picture that you can then cut out. There are no scissors provided though. There are some pretty pink or green plastic badge shapes - hearts, flowers or circles - to place your picture in. There is also a transparent plastic covering at the front to protect the actual picture. There is no glue involved which I think is good and it also means that they can keep changing the pictures in the badges. This gives the kit much greater longevity which makes it much better value than things that you can only make once.
The one thing that I do not like so much is the fact that safety pins are provided for the back of the badges. A lot of badges these days have plastic fastenings which would be safer and also the pins do leave small holes in the children's clothing. That is just one small gripe though about an otherwise excellent kit.
The kit retails at around £12.50 - there are a few sellers on ebay offering it for a buy it now price. However I bought this kit at Toys R Us and I am sure that I got it for less than that.