“ Type: Crafts / Age: 5 Years+ „
IT was my daughter's sixth birthday just recently and to celebrate she had a party at home with some friends doing lots of different arty activities. One of the activities was making a photo frame using some kits that we bought from the yellow moon website. The frames are made out of foam and are magnetic and they look very pretty when they are completed.
The frames come in sets of six and the children could either choose a round orange flower shape, a yellow daffodil shape or a pink tulip shape. Both dimensions are roughly 18 cm square and there is a round hole in all of them that will take a photo that is seven and a half centimetres in diameter. Each frame comes in its own plastic wrapping and also contained within this are an assortment of foam and shiny shapes to stick on such as butterflies, frogs and snails. The foam shapes all have a backing to peel off to reveal an adhesive layer which makes it very straightforward to stick to the frame but the shiny sequins will need some glue and unfortunately this is not included. I only realised this about two hours before the party so had to make a very hurried trip out to Hobbycraft to get the glue. The other thing in the pack is a magnet, also with a sticky backing, which means that the finished frames can be placed on things like fridge doors.
Instructions are included and these are very straightforward and easy to follow. The best bit is how your child decides to decorate the frames and to see just how creative they can be. I thought all of the photo frames produced at the party looked absolutely delightful and making them kept the girls busy and entertained for between fifteen and twenty minutes. Also, as they are quite easy to make they are suitable for children probably from the age of about four upwards but I wouldn't have them anywhere near really small children because there are lots of small bits. Older children really can't go wrong with them though!
I like the way each frame came with its own shapes as well as it meant that there was no squabbling over who wanted which shape. However, just to provide a bit of variety I did supply some other flower foam shapes and some foam letters too just in case any wanted to do something a bit different.
As we have a few packs left over I think I am going to save them until nearer Christmas as they will make wonderful presents for the grandparents. I know that all the children's parents were very impressed with them too.
A pack of six photo frame kits costs £3.99 from www.yellowmoon.org which I think is excellent value.
Each foam frame magnet kit consists of pre-cut foam shapes, colourful bug stickers, sequins, magnets and instructions. 3 assorted.