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Colorific Wood Worx Steam Train Kit
About twice a week me and my husband sit down with the kids and have some family "craft time". So I'm always on the look out for some fun and interesting art's and craft related kits which are cheap to buy and are easy enough for all three children to help to make. Most of the time I buy little foam shapes, feathers, pom-pom's etc from Poundland and we all make cards, hats and posters etc. As I am a bit of an EBay addict I thought it would be a good idea to have a browse through some of their auctions to see if I could find some arty kits. I'm glad I did have a look through the EBay auctions because I came across a great modelling toy which had a buy it now price of £4.99.
I knew that the Colorific Wood Worx Steam Train Kit would be a fun and interesting craft project for the whole family to make together as soon as I saw it on EBay. Our two little boys love trains and so does our daughter so everyone was happy. As soon as the kids saw the bright coloured box with the picture of the Steam Train they were really excited about making it.
Before we started the Steam Train project we covered the dining table with sheets of newspaper to prevent it from getting covered in glue and paint. Once the table was all prepped up we opened the box to reveal its contents. Inside the Colorific Wood Worx Steam Train Kit box there was ~
* 25 wooden pieces
* 6 small plastic pots of paint
* A sheet of stickers
* Paint brush
* Small pot of glue
* Instruction leaflet
Making The Train
The Steam Train is very simple and easy to make because all of the wooden pieces included in the set are all pre cut and numbered. The wooden pieces are also very smooth so you won't get any splinters when handling the wooden pieces. To make the Steam Train all you have to do is follow the directions which are printed in the instruction leaflet. When you are sticking the pieces of wood together it is a good idea to let the glue set for a few minutes before you stick another piece of the train on. If you don't let the glue set for a few minutes then your Steam Train will end up falling apart and you will have to start again.
The glue included in the Steam Stain Set is quite similar to the white glue you used to use at school although the glue in the pack seems to be a lot stickier. So the wooden pieces are easily stuck together and you don't have to use a lot of the glue at any one given time. When we were making the train we had to give the three children a chance each at gluing and sticking a piece of wood together so as they wouldn't argue and fight between themselves. There are 25 wooden pieces included in the set so each of the children got their fair share at gluing and sticking pieces of the Steam Train together,
Painting The Train
After the Steam Train was all glued together you had to leave it for 24 hours before you painted it so as all of the glue could set properly. Once the Train had been left to set for 24 hours the children could eventually paint it. Once again we had to share the painting responsibilities between the three children so as they would each get their fair share. This wasn't a problem because most of the train was painted black so it was just a case of letting them each paint an equal amount of black onto the train. The paint included with the Steam Train set is Poster Paint so it is absorbed into the wood quite quickly and also dries fast too. The remainder of the train was painted red so as it resembled the train on the Colorific Wood Worx Steam Train Kit box. Although there was 6 different colours of paint included in the set, so you can really design it any way you like, the children just decided to paint their train the same way as the one on the box.
After the paint has dried you can then stick the stickers onto the correct parts of the train. Again the stickers were numbered and a diagram of the train was printed onto the instruction leaflet so as you knew where to stick the stickers to. The stickers included in the set were wheels, windows, and a number for the train and a logo for the train. In total there were 16 stickers to be stuck onto the train and when they were stuck on they made the train look much better.
The Finished Train
The Stream Train took two days to make because we had to wait for the glue and paint to dry. Once it was eventually finished it somewhat resembled a Steam Train although the children had stuck the roof of the train on a little wonky. The Steam Train is now sitting on the shelf on the living room so as the children can show it to all of our friends and family. Building and painting the train was a lot of fun for the children because they all helped one another making the train.
The Colorific Wood Worx Steam Train Kit only cost me £4.99 from EBay and I think it was money well spent because the children had great fun making it and it is also on display. I had a look at the Colorific website and they have lots of other wooden art sets so I am going to have a look on EBay to see if I can get other ones for the children to make. You can also buy the Colorific sets from ~
although their prices range between £8 - £12 so it is probably better to have a look on EBay and save some money
For more information on Colorific and any of their products then visit their website which is ~ www.colorific.com
Thanks for reading
:o) Lisa x
~~~~Review written by me and also posted on Ciao~~~~
Kit includes: 25 Wooden Pieces, 6 Pots of Paint, Sticker Sheet, Brush, 5g Glue Pot, Instructions. Age 6 Years