Product Type: ELC Art / Craft
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ELC Magic Maize Starter Kit
Member Name: StazKilly
ELC Magic Maize Starter Kit
Advantages: Easy to use, no mess, daughter enjoys it
Disadvantages: Not enough pictures
My Daughter who turned 4 just before Christmas is really into her crafts lately, especially cutting and gluing. On a Christmas shopping trip to the Early Learning Centre, I spotted the magic Maize Starter Kit, which caught my eye with a badge which stated 'sticks with water, no mess', so of course, this appealed to me!
The kit comes with 1 bag of magic maize, 6 pictures, 8 crayons, 1 dip bowl, 1 sponge and of course the instructions.
The maize is basically like the quaver looking stuff you find protecting your items in large packages sometimes! They are squishy cylinder shaped pieces which come in a few different colours. The instructions are easy to read and explain that you can squish the maize down, roll it into balls and also flatten them or cut them into other shapes.
The pictures which come with the kit are on card, which is handy as you stick the maize with water so paper would rip easy. They are very cute, child appealing pictures such as a vase of flowers; a hedgehog and a rainbow are included. The pictures have pre-drawn shapes inside them to make it easy for younger children to know which way to stick the maize and which size and shape they need. These starter kit pictures mainly just include sticking the maize as it is or as a ball, which is fine for a starter kit as it helps younger children to grips with it.
Kids can colour the pictures first with the crayons, before sticking on their maize, or the instructions state the crayons can be used to draw your own picture outlines to stick maize to your own pictures and designs.
To stick the maize, you need to just dampen the sponge, and then place it inside the bowl so there are no drips onto your floor or surfaces. You basically just press the maize slightly onto the sponge so it is a tiny bit damp, and then place it where you want on the card. This is so easy to do, and not messy in the slightest, which is great.
Now I did wonder how long the maize would last on the pictures and maybe they'd fall off easily but this really isn't the case! My Daughter did all 6 pictures on Boxing Day morning, and now on New Year's Eve, they are still stuck there perfectly fine. I have pushed a few of them to see if you can push them off easy, but none have come away from the card, so they do need a pull to get them off which is good as they aren't just knocked off.
So, all in all, I would recommend the Magic Maize to any parent who would like a mess free craft session! They are so easy to use. My Daughter was able to squish them and roll them and flatten them, but just turning 4, it is a bit fiddly for her to cut them, but of course this is handy for older children or adults when helping younger children.
I did read a review on Mothercare by one Mum who said her 5 year old daughters kept turning into sticky wet goo. I can't see how this can happen unless you dip them completely into water!
They are 4 years and over, but I would say a 3 year old could use them fine, in my Daughter's case, she would have done anyway.
This is a Starter kit so it does not include a lot of pictures, but I didn't expect it to as of course it is a Starter Kit. I didn't want to buy the larger kit and it go to waste, and at £4, this wouldn't be missed if the starter kit wasn't enjoyed.
The pictures are available to buy separately, but I would just buy a load of card, which is like photo card and my daughter could draw her own pictures and stick her own designs, so this is good.
The Maize bag has 100 average pieces of Maize. Bags can be bought separately. I haven't seen them in ELC or Mothercare but have seen them in Hobbycraft for £2 which is a good price.
I did buy as said earlier for £4; this was half price in the Christmas Sales. £8 is a bit dear for what it is in my opinion, but still affordable. The bumper kit comes with feathers, glitter, straws etc. for £15. You can buy from Early Learning Centre/Mothercares stores and websites.
Summary: Fun craft item for kids with no mess
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