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***Background*** I was looking for another Galt product when I came across this one and it brought back memories from many years back when I gave this to my daughter. She was probably around 8 at the time but loved to make anything crafty and this was a wee present that she got to keep her amused in the winter. Galt toys are all about learning and imagination whether through their jigsaws, spelling and number puzzles or through their craft and design toys. They have an excellent selection of toys and you can find them in many stores including Amazon, Argos, Dobbies and even Harrods, so they must be well thought of. ***What's In The Box*** To start with there are 20 pom poms that you can use to make lots of different characters. These come in a variety of colours. To help your character take shape there are also lots of foam pieces that can be glued on as lips, noses, glasses, hands and feet. Again these come in a variety of colours. To add a little bit of hair to your little pal, there is a selection of differently coloured feathers and so that they can see, there are lots of googly eyes that are either plain or have eyelashes painted on to them. Glue is included with them and there is an instruction sheet too. ***The Fun Begins*** I didn't really get much of a look in with this toy, as my daughter loved to create her masterpieces in private and then appear with a selection of them. She did however; tell me that they could be quite fiddly to do. This toy says that aimed at age 4 and upwards but I would say that a child of that age will find it tough to make these alone and supervision and help will be needed. Basically you have to decide what colour you want your body to be and then it's a good idea to set our your pieces before you start to get the glue out. The eyes have a sticky back to them so all you have to do with them is peel the backing paper off and stick them on. You would think this would be relatively easy but the pom pom is quite soft and moves around a lot so when you are pushing it on, you have to be very gentle or it goes out of shape. The felt pieces are quite difficult to stick on too and it's best to do one and then leave it to dry before attempting another bit. This is not going to be a decision that a four year old will be happy with for long and if you have an impatient child then perhaps you should wait until they are a little bit older before attempting this craft item. Once the pieces are stuck on, they do stay there pretty well and my daughter had no problems coming up with her own ideas, rather than copy the ones on the box. It's been many years since she did these and to be fair they sat on her windowsill for many years, as well as being packed up and moved a few hundred miles so to find one that was still in perfect condition was quite amazing, as most of them have now had pieces that have come off over time. ***My Thoughts*** If your child loves to get crafty then this is definitely a good set to get although I wouldn't recommend it for a younger child or one that doesn't have much patience. My daughter at aged 8 had lots of fun making up all the little characters though and they do look very cute when they all sit in a line together. My son recently got a similar art box set for his Christmas and it has all the items included in this set, as well as lolly sticks, different shaped sequins and pipe cleaners so there are a good variety of sets like this to choose from. The set he got featured jungle animals so something like that is probably better for boys and to be honest it had a lot more in it than the Galt set that my daughter had all those years ago. It is good to see that this type of toy is still available though, as it encourages a child to use their imagination to create cute or slightly strange creatures. It has become a little bit more expensive in recent years and there are probably better sets out there for the same price but Galt do have a good reputation. It is obviously a very popular choice though to last all these years but there are also other sites out there where you can specifically buy larger amounts of pom poms, eyes and felt shapes so this again might end up cheaper, especially if you have more than one child at home. ***Price & Availability*** I think at the time I bought the set it sold for around £3.99 and I bought it from Studio Cards, but it has gone up in price over the past 7 years and now it is selling for £5.99 from Amazon, which is the same price as the larger jungle set that I got for my son's Christmas from one of the Bargain Books stores.
Create funky characters with colourful pompoms. Glue together the pompoms and create your own character by sticking on the feathers, wiggly eyes and foam features.