My eldest daughter is a very creative little girl and loves nothing more than making a pile of greetings cards, giving them to just about everyone she comes into contact with and then starting the whole process over again. Sophie was lucky enough to have quite a large birthday party recently for her 6th birthday and one of her closest friends bought her this set. You can buy the set at numerous toys stores and online, it is available from Amazon costing £10.58 with free delivery.
The box is bright pink in colour with some gingham pieces across it, the Galt logo is displayed and then in the centre of the box there are pictures of all 10 completed cards. The box is really pretty and has a few flowers dotted around in all sorts of pastel colours and patterns, the box has a carry handle but it's not the sort of thing that I would allow Sophie to take anywhere. As soon as Sophie opened this present she wanted to play with it, she told me that she had to prepare for the birthdays coming up!
Inside the box you get a sheet of glossy thick paper which has all ten of the finished cards pictured on it, I personally was quite disappointed to find from the instructions that your child is meant to follow the pictures perfectly and create the cards as they are. I think this is quite poor as it doesn't encourage imagination however Sophie really liked being shown exactly how to make the cards. The instructions are a simply A5 sheet of paper with red writing and are written out in short steps and in simple wording so that a young child can read the majority of it themselves.
To make the basics of the cards you have 10 ready printed A5 sized cards which are folded in the middle, the back of each card is white in colour and then the front is brightly coloured in different designs ready for extra bits to be added onto them. The cards have little bits of holographic areas on them making them nice and sparkly, there is also 10 brightly coloured envelopes in the set ready for putting the cards into you get 2 each of lilac, green, blue, yellow and pink. There are cut outs to be stuck onto each of the card and each one is on a little separate sheet so that it is easy to match each one up to the correct card making it easy for your child to create them independently. To attach all the pieces to the cards there is a sheet of sticky pads, you get 100 and you are told in the instructions to use 10 pads per card.
You get a few extra bits to add onto your cards, there is a sheet of round stickers which are little bubbles on the plastic backing. Each of the stickers is really bright and has a glittery effect to it, the stickers come in green, yellow, silver, orange pink, light blue and dark blue and each colour comes in 3 different sizes. The stickers are a bit of a pain, they slide off the sheet even when you don't want them too and they don't stick very well on the cards. Sophie got upset with one of the cards as she has lost some of the stickers of the sheet as they transfer so easily and she didn't have the right size in the right colour to complete her card. As well as the stickers you get a small packet of sequins to stick onto the cards along with a little packet of pom poms however these don't stick very well with the glue provided so we ended up using some of our own glue and then they stuck better.
You get 2 sheets of stickers which you aren't actually told what you have to do with so Sophie has used some of the stickers on the envelopes and some on some pictures she has drawn on normal paper. There is a small packet of fibre tip pens, a pink and blue ink pad and 4 stamps to use to decorate the inside of the cards and the envelopes.
The Gift Tags
You get the pieces you need to make 6 little gift tags with the set, each gift tag is a small square about 1.5-2 inches and printed on cardboard. The tags have little holes in the corner which you have to push the inner piece out of and then you get a piece of silver thread to cut into 6 to use as the ties for the tags. The tags are nicely coloured and they match the cards so that you can give someone a birthday present with tag that matches their card which is nice however I think it is poor that there are 6 tags yet 10 cards. The tags picture a handbag, a shoe, a birthday cake, a present, a flower and a butterfly.
The cards are simple to make and Sophie enjoyed making them on the whole apart from the upset over the missing stickers. I personally find it poor that they have counted out how many sticky pads a child is allowed to use on each card and Sophie kept checking with me that she was using the right amount while she was making them. The pads are very small and fiddly, to get the backing off them Sophie needed to use a pair of tweezers.
I like that this box is quite small and is just big enough for the pieces it needs to hold rather than being oversized like a lot of these types of kits are and of course it means it takes up less space on the shelf. The set is meant for ages 7 and up but Sophie managed to make all 10 cards with very little help and she has just turned 6 so I think the set would be fine for younger children just not under 3's because of the small parts.
The quality of the set overall is great you just don't get much in the way of extra parts but I guess they probably think by 7 years old a child won't be losing items. The cards are strong enough to stand up without falling over and the gift tags are the same. The push out shapes have great perforations so they push out easily and Sophie is able to push them out herself without any tearing.
The set is great value for money and Sophie really enjoyed it, it took her about 5 hours to make up all the cards so it gave her entertainment over the space of a couple of days. We now have a supply of greetings cards ready and waiting for the next 10 birthdays, this set gets 4 stars from us as the stickers are poor and the set is very calculated in what can be used for each card.