“ Brand: ELC / Type: Crafts / Age: 3 Years+ „
Now that Harry is at nursery for one morning a week, his creative side is most definitely coming out. He has brough home so many pictures that I've proudly plastered all over my kitchen wall, and he brought home his first Christmas craft today, a lovely red stocking and he's so proud of it! That reminded me of the little craft set I bought him in town at the weekend, and we sat down this morning after Creche to do it together for a little while. I'm really proud of the results so here is my review of our craft!
The item I got Harry was from the Early Learning Centre and is part of their Christmas craft range which is currently in stores and with money off many of the items as well. This particular set is the Christmas Felt Cards, and is a little kit containing enough bits and bobs to create 6 Christmas cards and decorate them with pictures, felt shapes and stickers as well. The set comes in a little box with examples ideas on the front, and a picture of what you get in the kit on the back. Being able to see what you get is good because it helps you evaluate whether or not its the sort of thing you would want to buy. The item was half price and down to just £3 and for that bargain price, I couldn't resist!
The kit contains 6 cards, 6 envelopes, 6 backing papers, 2 sheets of long stickers, a sheet of sticker gems and 6 felt shapes. I was quite impressed with the range of stickers and things in here, there is definitely plenty to ensure each card is well and truly covered in all things sparkly and Christmassy. Before we started, I set out all of the things on the table so I had a good idea of what we had and how to make the most of it. As mentioned, you get 6 cards, 3 of which are a lovely bright red and 3 are a vivid green which immediately makes you think 'Christmas!". The cards are a good size, around 6 inches by 4 inches in size.
They provide you with 6 backing stickers which are 3 smaller squares and 3 larger ones which you stick straight onto the cards to give an image to stick the felt shape to. You can stick them anyway you like, and the colour choices available make them all suit either the red or green card. They are easy to peel, and stick easily on contact, so make sure its in the right place! They are nice bright colours, featuring a white one with coloured spots (As above on Dooyoo's pic), 2 red and green stripy ones and a few more so there is plenty of choice. Once they are stuck, you can move onto the felt shapes which go on top of these pictures.
The felt shapes are a nice sized Christmas image, and are also sticky on the back so they are simple to use again. You just have to peel the backing off and stick them onto the card. The shapes included are a christmas tree, a snowman, a bell, a stocking, a star and a snowflake. They are easily identifiable images and are a good enough size to decorate with the gems and other stickers. To be honest, I found them really hard to peel and had to sit for a while until I got them all peeled, I think it'd definitely be too hard for a child to do on their own! They are easy to stock down though, and do stick well to the backing paper.
The other stickers include a sheet full of sticky gems which you can use in a number of ways to decorate the cards, the felt shapes and the backing papers. They catch the light really nicely and sparkle, giving a nice something to the cards. However, Harry really struggled with the smaller ones, finding them too tiny to pick up with his fingers to stick on so I had to help with the little ones, although he found the larger gems okay. I know the ELC say this is suitable for 3 years and older, but Harry is nearly 3 and found the small ones just too small, and I think most children of this age would find the smaller gems tough which is a shame for something made by such a child-friendly company.
Other than a couple of these niggles, we have found the cards a real pleasure to do, especially at this festive time of year! It's a great craft to do with toddlers because they can exercise their creativity and its a pretty safe craft to do because it doesn't involve glue or scissors. As I said, some of the gems are small but don't pose too much of a threat to children at all. The lovely bright Christmas shapes, coloured stickers and cards fit in really well with young childrens ideas of Christmas, and Harry thoroughly enjoyed every minute it took us to make these cards. Because you don't need to faff around with glue and scissors etc., the craft is quite quick once you get going and it took us just a couple of hours to make the cards. But its nice knowing they will make their recipients smile, knowing Harry took the time and care to make them for them. Also, its nice to see how proud he is of his creations!
As I said, they cost me a mere £3 (half price from £6) which is for 6 Christmas cards which is fantastic value considering everything you get in this kit, and they are perfect for children aged 2 and above to do with their parents this Christmas. Available in-store and online from the ELC website. Highly recommended, and a brilliant project for you and your little one to share this Christmas.
Thank you for reading!
Bring the joy of the season to everyone by letting your kids make their own Christmas cards to send to family and friends!