Product Type: Spinmaster Art / Craft
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Spin Master Bendaroos Amazing Flexible Building Sticks
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Spin Master Bendaroos Amazing Flexible Building Sticks
Advantages: Lots of different things to make, reusable, different kits
Disadvantages: Some kits quite pricey
I first came across these Bendaroos a few years ago now. My niece was at my parents busy making something hunched over the table and being a child at heart I was keen to see what it was that was so interesting! Since then, Bendaroos have featured regularly at my parents house.
==What are Bendaroos?==
Bendaroos are described by their maker (Merchant Media) as 'amazing flexible building sticks' and this is basically what they are. Bendaroos are long thin sticks which are about the length of a drinking straw but about a quarter of the width. They come in a variety of colours and they are quite sticky meaning that their main purpose is to use them to make or decorate things. As they are bendy they can also be shaped. Thinking about it, in a way these are a bit like modern day artstraws!
==Where can I buy them?==
Bendaroos can be found in a number of toy stores and supermarkets. They are also easy to find online.
==What options do I have?==
Well, the world really is your oyster with these Bendaroos! My niece started off with a bumper pack a few years ago where Bendaroos provide 400 sticks, 4 templates and a cutting tool. This cost my parents around £20 which I thought was a bit steep at the time! However, looking online now I can see that the price has remained stable.
Now, a lot of different kits are available including 100 piece packs where there are a choice of themes - space and sky, sweets and treats, animals etc. In these packs you are provided with an assortment of colours and a guide with instructions on how to make your models. You can also buy 200 piece packs which again are themed with topics such as the zoo, ocean creatures and royal fantasy. A 500 piece pack includes 500 sticks and a guide to make a variety of models.
Bendaroos now make special packs which include a 3D activity pack and a glow in the dark one. There is now even a Spongebob set which if I'm entirely honest may well end up in my nieces christmas present pile!
To give a rough idea of pricing you can get the 500 piece mega pack for £5.89, theme packs for around £7.50 and the mega pack that my niece originally had for £19.99 (all prices from amazon.co.uk)
==Using the Bendaroos==
You can either use the bendaroos to make things from the included guides or you can use them to make your own designs. This is great fun as it means you really can make anything you want to. This also really aids childrens creativity I think as they can make anything. Dependent on age they may not be able to follow the guide or may prefer to be individual and create their own designs. My niece does a mixture of both.
Using the bendaroos is easy. You simply bend them to shape in order to form either your model or picture. You will often need half a stick or just a tiny bit so the special cutters you can get prove invaluable. I'm not sure if you could cut them with normal scissors as I've never tried but I would imagine you could with some good kitchen scissors but children would probably struggle.
My niece began making 2D objects as this was what she felt more confident doing. You don't have to stick these on paper. Instead you can make your object on a board or hard surface and then peel it off. Some of the first things my niece made were butterflies. She made one of her own designs and then found one in the guide to follow. Both looked good, for her own design she used the cutters to get the right length and did an outline of the wings and then filled this with a different colour. For the guided one she twisted the bendaroo sticks round into a spiral to use as the wings. Both of these looked really good and she was able to do them with ease. She actually gave them to me and I stuck them on my bedroom mirror where they still are today over 3 years later and they still look fab.
The bendaroos stay soft and tacky so that your models can be broken up and you can start again. You will need to do this carefully to ensure that none break or end up stretching but this is simple enough.
The 3D objects you can make using these are really effective but obviously these will take a bit more time and effort and your child may need some assistance when doing this. I believe my nieces first 3D attempt with my mum was an elephant which looked quite cool!
The bendaroos go a long way - for my nieces own design butterfly she used 4 and for the guided one I believe she used 5 which when you consider you could have 500 in a pack this is great. Obviously 3D constructions will require more but I do believe that for the amount you get in a pack you have plenty and also they can be reused so there are always enough.
However, if you would like to use these and keep the end results you can and they will keep their shape as I have had my butterflies for a few years now.
==Ideas for Bendaroos==
These would be fantastic for children to make gifts with as in addition to making 2D or 3D objects they can also be used to decorate.
A plain wooden photo frame jazzed up with some bendaroos would be a fab gift for a family member or maybe a nicely decorated pot or jar.
==Are they worth the money?==
Yes, I do believe they are worth the money. Although initially this does seem to be a lot of money for some of the packs the bendaroos last a long time and will keep your children busy for hours and hours.
==Would I recommend them?==
Yes, I would wholeheartedly recommend these for kids and adults! They are good fun, mess free and something different. They can make fantastic objects and after just seeing a lion on the website I think my niece may be persuaded to make her auntie lyndz a lion!
Summary: Fantastic idea
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