“ Manufacturer: Grafix / Type: Notebook decorating / Age: 4+ „
After the usual array of presents (usually really expensive, but with a very short shelf life) my daughter received for her birthday, she received something in the same vein but for some reason has used everyday since unwrapping it!
The product I will now review is - "Grafix - crystal mosaic notebook".
The idea behind this set is very straightforward, in the set you get a ring bound plain paper pad, a tube of PVA glue an a bag of plastic "jewels" in the shapes of diamonds, squares, triangles and circles, and all in an array of bright colours.
The pad's front cover is to be covered in a design from the child's imagination with the shapes and the glue, with the added idea of adding your favourite picture at the centre, giving the illusion of a photo frame.
My daughter found it exceedingly easy to do, and made a fantastic looking pattern around a small picture of her and her BFF Hayley!
The pieces seemed to fit together nicely, and the glue was not too runny helping make the sticking part easy and reasonably mess free, though my daughter is 9 years old, so no task undertaken by her is completely mess free!
You then leave to dry, the box says preferably overnight, but we found a few hours was ample.
The look of the pad was really effective, nice and colourful to look at and my daughter was so proud of her creation that she took it to school to use as a note taker for her work.
After coming home from school on the first day she took it with her, she was distraught as half of the jewels had fallen off the pad cover, luckily though she had rescued most of them so we simply glued them back on, but with our own stash of PVA glue, and that seemed to do the trick.
There are the obvious restrictions with this set, which is of course the glue and the plastic shapes, they are a real choking hazard to younger children, so even if it is an older child using the set, care should be taken with them as they can get everywhere!
There is no mention of the glue being particularly child friendly, though to look at this is a pretty basic looking and I hate to say cheap looking set ( a stocking filler as is called in my house!), so much of the information is in other languages too!
Pricewise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for around the £5.00 mark, though I am sure this set was bought from a pound land type shop, my Nan bless her can sniff a bargain out a fifty paces!
This is a nice enough set that my daughter has really enjoyed having, I think the fact that she is the only one in her "click" that has such a pretty and decorative notepad makes her feel a bit different from all the other girls so takes it everywhere with her.
Any bad points...literally just the stickiness of the glue, if you get his set I would probably advise investing in a good bottle, though if you are buying this for your own child chances are you have an arts and crafts box like ours floating around!
Thanks for reading x