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My eldest daughter is very keen on all sorts of arts and crafts and she particularly loves making mosaics. It was her eighth birthday at the weekend (where have the years gone??) and as a little extra I wanted to buy her a mosaic picture to make. However, when I was browsing on Amazon I spotted something that looked even better - a sticky mosaics fairy box from The Orb Factory. This is a lovely looking box that you decorate with mosaic tiles in the same way that you would a normal mosaic picture. It costs £11.99 on Amazon (June 2011) and although this is quite expensive it looked like it would be worth it and it definitely is.
The box is a very good size made out of very sturdy pink card with a picture of a fairy on the top and various other decorative patterns around the sides. The lid is hinged and when it opens there is a pink ribbon to stop it folding back too far. There is also an underneath drawer that pulls out thereby separating the box into two separate compartments. The box feels like really good quality and will be fantastic for my daughter to store all her little bits and pieces.
All of the pictures and patterns have lots of little numbered squares on them and there are over 800 sticky foam squares and jewels that need to be stuck to the box in the correct places. These are all coded and just need to be placed on the correct numbered squares on the box. This is shown on a somewhat sparse instruction sheet. It does not really matter that it is so sparse though as it is really quite obvious what needs to be done and the only information that you really need is which colours or jewels match with which numbers.
The moment my daughter set eyes on this kit she was overjoyed and could not wait to get started with it. In fact, I wasn't really aware that she was making the box until she came and very proudly showed me the finished article. It did look absolutely fabulous and something that any girl would love to keep special things in. She was also very proud of the fact that it had not taken her very long to make and that she had done it all by herself - even making sense of the limited instructions. All the foam squares and jewels stick to the box pretty easily but I have noticed that just one or two are coming slightly adrift so I think that she does need to make sure that they are all stuck down pretty firmly.
The recommended age for this lovely set is for five years and above. Don't dismiss it for older girls though. My daughter is eight and has loved making it as well as loving the finished product. Also older children are likely to be able to get on and make the box quite independently whereas five or six year olds may need more help and guidance.
Overall though, this is a fabulous craft kits that I am sure that most girls will love and it will make a great present.