“ Brand: Tobar / Type: Crafts / Age: 8 Years+ „
I was given this kit to try by a friend of mine, she knows I like to do crafty things with my class of special needs children and thought I might like this. The Kit comes with a comprehensive contents list, in fact all you really need to add is a blender, some kitchen roll, a rolling pin and lots of recycled paper (great for our class as we recycle loads and it will be fabulous for them to see what we can do with it all). The kit contains many items which may enhance your paper as well as the equipment you need to make it. It includes glitter, small coloured squares of paper, some raffia, a small sponge and the actual frame for making the paper. All of the crafty bits could be restocked quite cheaply from a craft store or in fact you could use other bits you may have around like dried flowers, tissue paper, herbs, spices, colours and scent or flavouring (for that senses touch - much appreciated by children). I think your limit is your imagination here.
~~~~How to use~~~~
I was hoping this would be easy to use as I wanted to try it with my class of special needs children after I had a go myself of course. It was. The instructions, although lengthy, are detailed and easy to follow. I would have preferred them to be numbered or lettered though as I find this easier to follow.
The top frame came in two parts and initially I thought it was broken but once I read the instructions and went through a dummy run I realised it was ok. The bottom frame with the screen was a little too flimsy for my liking and needed two hands all the time to steady it, but it worked well. Each step is easy to follow and by the time I had done my third piece I was not using the instructions at all.
The basic method is to soak small pieces of paper in water, liquidise to a pulp, spread over the screen and frame, remove excess water, blot and then leave to dry (a short methodology).
There are so many things you could do with this kit and any good crafty person could think up lots more options. I would have liked a second frame (lots of children in my class) or the option to buy a bigger one. My finished paper would be great for making cards or collages but not for writing on with a pen as the ink would run unless you 'Size' it. Sizing is a process you do after to stop ink bleeding. The instructions are very clear for this and you just need some gelatine and more time.
After making several pieces I can now be confident in using in my classroom. It would be a perfect craft activity to do at home with young children. I would recommend this to any family (or class) as a project that is not only fun to do, it is easy to make, teaches children about the concept of recycling and how paper is actually made and then the finished product can be used to make further craft items. I'm not sure of the cost but it has a £10 sticker on the back, I have found it on their website but it is currently out of stock.
Woodandtoys offer an excellent way to recycle and make your own hand crafted paper for greeting cards, notelets etc. This well thought out kit contains everything you need and full instructions as well as being environmentally friendly and making children more aware of recycling.