“ Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Crafts „
Just before Christmas my two daughters were invited to a Christmas party at my husband's work which they were very excited about especially as they knew that Father Christmas would be visiting. They were not disappointed either especially when they each received one of these lovely 'make your own Christmas photo frames' kits from ELC. Unfortunately, it was a bit too close to Christmas to make them up before. This was a shame as they would have made ideal Christmas presents for the grandparents, but it's worth bearing in mind for next year!
The kit contains everything that is needed to make three very festive photo frames. These are frames in the shapes of a Father Christmas, a reindeer and a snowman. They do look very attractive when they are made up and both my daughters think they are really great.
The materials for each of the three frames come in separate plastic bags. This is very helpful because it means that you don't have to waste time sorting out all the different pieces and it also means that the bits for the different frames don't get muddled. That is unless you are only three years old and decide to mix up all the pieces anyway!
All the component parts are made out of a sort of foam material which is pretty sturdy. Also none of the pieces are too small which means that they are not too fiddly for little fingers. There are no specific instructions to follow but this does not matter as it's very easy to see from the pictures how all the different pieces should be placed. There are some very general instructions showing how you would attach the photos though.
The first photo frame we made was Father Christmas. As this was the first one I did help my five year old dughter with it, but the other two she has managed very well by herself. There are two different ways of attaching the pieces to each other. Sometimes you need to peel off an adhesive backing and at other times you need to use the small tube of glue that is also included. Either method is pretty straightforward.
The finished result is very good and it's great because it was so easy. I also like the fact that it has a magnetic backing which means that it is ideal for attaching to the fridge door or other metal surfaces.
The suggested age range is for between three and eight years but like with most things, the older the child, the more successful and independent they will be. My five year old can get on very well on her own whereas my three year old does need a lot more help. They have both really enjoyed making these frames though and as they are very quick to do they have not lost interest halfway through.
Before Christms these were being sold at the Early Learning Centre for £7 which is reasonable value I think. However, having just taken a look at the ELC website I have noticed that they are in the sale for only £3.50 which is an excellent saving. It could well be worth buying now and getting them out to make presents before next Christmas.
This really is a great little kit which I can't fault at all. Also, if you want to leave all thoughts of Christmas far behind, you can buy similar kits which have a more general theme.
Let your child express their creativity.