Category Archives: Crafts

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

If there’s ever a toy that has plenty of replay value, it’s the Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station – part of Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys for 2016. The kit comes packed with plenty of different projects that your child can use to let his or her creative side shine.pompomstation

The box comes with everything tucked in so that you can keep all of your supplies neat when you’re done using them. The station can be opened and spread out so that a child has easy access to it or it can be propped on the piece that’s with the station and used just like an artist would use an easel.

There are tons of different supplies and four basic ways that a child can create unique designs of her choosing. The station comes with the decorative station and includes 120 of the Pom Poms.

You will have the option of ordering more of these. Since the station is a lot of fun for kids, you might want to think about going ahead and purchasing some extra Pom Pom refills.

Included in the station are the 135 adhesive dots that kids will use with the Pom Poms. The Pom Poms are in the shape of pellets before they’re used. There are eight of the removable trays with the set along with a water tray.

The station has an adhesive roll dispenser to make creating the designs easier. There are two markers with the purchase as well as a blotting cloth. The set also includes 1 paint brush and 1 pipette.

Also including for kids to use to design with are 4 stamp pads, 4 water colors and 1 glitter get pen. All kids have to do to use the Pom Poms is decorate them with their chosen tool such as one of the stamp pads, then stick the Pom Poms on whatever surface they’re decorating.

You will have to use the adhesive to get the Pom Pom to adhere. A slight finger tap on top of the Pom Pom opens the decoration up in a puff shape. The colors in the Pom Poms will be different styles and hues depending on which tool the child uses to color the Pom Poms.

There will be a difference in the amount of time the project will have to dry – also depending on which tool is used to color the Pom Poms. The station comes with easy to follow directions along with illustrations.

Clean up is a breeze with the toy and once a child is done with it, the station easily folds up. The supplies can be contained within the station. The suggested age range for using the station is between 8 and 11 years.

Crayola Emoji Maker

Crayola have been a trusted brand for many years and are well known for their quality arts and crafts products. This Emoji Maker contains all the equipment you need to make 16 colored emoji stamps and markers. The 16 emoji’s include different faces, animals, and sunglasses.

For those who are asking what is an ‘Emoji,’ it is basically a little image that is commonly used to give expression to a text message in digital form. If you are still confused, think of the little smiley faces you see in emails and on Facebook–that’s an Emoji.

How Much?
The Emoji Maker retails at around $20

Who Would Buy The Crayola Emoji Maker?
The set is marketed for kids of 6+. We would suggest parental supervision for children under the age of 8 as this could get a bit messy.

Reading reviews online, kids up to age 11 have been enjoying creating Emoji stamps with this. Children younger than 6 years old have also enjoyed it with help from parents.
If your child enjoys arts and crafts they will love this set. It’s also a nice way of getting them away from computer or TV screens and spending some quality time with your kids.

Things We Like About Crayola Emoji Maker
At first glance, all the various components might look a little bit daunting but if you read the instructions or watch the video it will soon become clear what to do. We liked that it is a great arts and craft set that the whole family can enjoy.

It also teaches young children about colors and how they can be mixed to form other colors as well as how to measure.
Once the child has created the emoji they also will be very proud that they have actually made something with their own hands and will encourage them in their creativity.

Things We Didn’t Like About It
It can be a bit messy so you do need to keep an eye on what is going on. Make sure that you put down newspaper first. The paints are described as washable so you should be able to remove any stains but it would be wise to be prepared. The stamps are a little small and you need to practice a bit before you can get that ‘perfect emoji.’

Is The Crayola Emoji Maker Worth The Money?
We’d say it is a reasonable price for an arts and crafts set that has a lot of repeat play value. Siblings could also play with this at the same time making it good value if you have more than one child using it.

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Where Can I Buy It?
We have seen it being sold online at Toys R Us and Amazon – it’s getting some good reviews on Amazon at the moment so it’s worth taking a look at what users are saying and their best suggestions on getting the most from this emoji making set.

Final Thoughts
This is a nice set and ‘emoji’s’ are very popular with young kids at the moment so it would make an ideal gift.

Candy Craft Chocolate Pen

The Candy Craft Chocolate Pen is the perfect toy for kids of all ages. With it, your child can easily create a variety of treats including candy pops. It can be used to decorate cupcakes or make separate delicious designs that are completely edible.
Kids love this toy because it gives them a chance to express their creativity and explore the fun world of baking. The Chocolate Pen comes with half a pound of real chocolate in four different colors of pink, blue, white, and brown.
This chocolate is real confectionery chocolate so it has a superior taste. You can bake your own treats like cupcakes and have your children decorate those or if you’d rather get started decorating as soon as the box is open, you can do that instead with the included candy molds.
There are three of these candy mold trays that kids can use. One candy tray is all about animals and includes candy molds for a dolphin, an elephant, and an owl. The second tray has symbols like a heart, a rainbow, and the peace symbol.
The final tray contains food items like a cupcake, a pretzel and more. After your child is finished with his or her chocolate creations, all you have to do is pop the candy into the freezer for about ten minutes.
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Once the chocolate is set, your kids can enjoy the treats they just made. One feature that parents love about the Candy Craft Chocolate Pen is that it’s easy to clean up. This is because the chocolate stays contained within a plastic bag that fits into the pen.
That means when kids are done using this toy, all a parent has to do is remove the bag if the child isn’t able to. If there’s remaining chocolate still in the bag, you can store it and use it again later so nothing is wasted.
The Chocolate Pen is motorized and does need two AA batteries in order to be used. These aren’t included with your kit, so make sure you pick some up before showing this fun toy to your kids.
Once the plastic bag with the warmed chocolate is placed inside the pen, all your child needs to do is hold down the large button to begin creating edible masterpieces. The pen is easy for children of any age to use but if your child is young and has small hands, you might need to help her use it until she gets the hang of it.
Besides the pen and candy molds, the Chocolate Pen also comes with pen tips, gift bags, and an instruction booklet. If you run out of chocolate, there are chocolate refills available that you can buy separately, plus, there are also additional kits that you can purchase.
Suzanne

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Girl Scouts have always been synonymous with learning, sharing and having fun. What better way to continue the fun than with baking the delicious tasting Girl Scout cookies. Now girls can use their very own Girl Scouts Deluxe Cookie Oven to create special treats to eat and to share with friends.
Girls love being involved with Girl Scouts and having that special time – but now, they can extend that special time in the way that they play. This toy oven is different from other toy ovens in that it’s an exclusive Girl Scouts labeled oven.
Because it’s created just for young kids, they can now have the excitement of learning how to bake cookies that taste just like the ones that are sold during the year. This oven is a toy, but it’s also an oven that actually works.
It can pre-heat just like a real oven but the pre-heating time with this is pretty fast. It can be ready to take in a tray of cookies in only 5 minutes once the pre-heating is done and the temperature is right.
This pre-heating feature means that the treats get done faster than with other ovens. There’s a lot of learning that can go along with having this oven. Kids can learn what they need to know to be able to properly mix the ingredients needed to make the treats.
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They’ll also learn how to give use measurements that are used in the baking. They can watch through the oven window while the treat bakes and the oven has a warming station for melting toppings.
Learning while baking is not only fun – it’s also educational. Plus, they’ll get to eat the lessons! The oven does come with some accessories that are used for baking the treats.
It comes with a baking pan that can be used to bake about a half dozen of the treats at one time. It also has a plastic pink spatula to use to lift the cookies off the baking pan to slide them onto a plate.
There’s a measuring tool that kids can use to be sure they get the right amount of ingredients. The oven comes with a bag of the Thin Mints mix so they can get started baking right away.
Because they’ll want to use this oven to bake treats time and time again, you’ll want to make sure that you get other cookie baking packs. You can get some that are sold individually like the PB Sandwich flavor or you can get several in a bundle pack that includes the Caramel Coconut and more.
This is an electric toy, which means that the element in it can get hot enough to burn if kids aren’t careful. For that reason, the toy is recommended for kids who are 8 years old and older.
Suzanne
P.S. Don’t forget the Refill of Thin Mint Cookies.

Spirograph Deluxe Set

Spirograph is back, and it’s better than ever. Your whole family can have hours of creative fun with the amazing Spirograph Deluxe Set. Since it was first introduced in 1965, Spirograph has made it possible for aspiring artists of all ages to create beautifully intricate designs. Originally developed by mechanical engineer Denys Fisher for use as a drafting tool, the Spirograph’s distinctive wheels and rings cleverly combine the principles of art and mathematics in a way that has inspired and delighted generations.

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Now you can create your own cool designs and awesome pictures with this fun Spirograph Deluxe Set, winner of the ASTRA 2013 Best Toys Award. This set features all the iconic wheels and rings of the original, re-engineered and updated for today. Simply choose from the gears and wheels, put your paper in place, and create whirling, spiraling, mix and match patterns for a totally awesome image. Use the design guide to try out tried and true designs, or get creative and create cool and colorful graphics of your own.

The 45-piece Deluxe Set includes 19 Spirograph Precision Wheels, 2 Spirograph Precision Rings, 1 Spirograph Precision Rack, 0.21 ounces of Reusable Spiro-putty, 3 Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 14-page Guide Book and 20 sheets of design paper. It all comes in a carry-along storage case with a built-in work surface. For age 8 and up. Brought to you by Kahootz Toys, where we use our skills and passions to bring great kids’ products into the world.

Warning: Not for kids under 3 years of age.

I’d love to know how your child feels about Spirograph!

Crayola Finger Paints

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Best known for the creation of Crayola Crayons, the company was once known as Binney and Smith named after the founders who were cousins. It began in New York but the company’s headquarters are found in Pennsylvania.
The company creates a large line of art products that are nontoxic. In the late ’70s, the company gained the entitlement to make Silly Putty and shortly after that Crayola Markers became available.
In the mid 1980s, the company became a subsidiary of Hallmark. With all of the products they offer, Crayola unleashed the imaginations in children from young to older. One of their popular older products is finger paints like the Crayola Washable Finger Paints, 4-Count, with Red, Blue, Yellow and Green.
This set is for ages 36 months all the way up to 15 years. The set can help younger kids learn to explore imagination and strengthen motor skills. The paint is completely washable and easy to clean up.
The paints come in a handy flip top container. You can also get the Crayola Fingerpaints Bold and Secondary Colors, 4 fl oz, 8-Count which has 8 tubes. The Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Desk remains a popular item.
This desk allows children to color and create without leaving the havoc of a mess behind. The desk provides a stable surface that can keep the markers or paints secure while your child is using them.
This is a good choice for kids 36 months all the way up to creative artists of 15 years old. Two of the company’s older bestselling items are the Crayola Washable Watercolors, 24 count and the Crayola 5ct Art and Craft Brush Set.
The watercolors is a 24 color set neatly held in a plastic container. The brush set can be used by kids 4-15 and are high quality brushes. New from the company are their Color Alive sets.
These sets combine tradition with new technology.  In the Crayola Color Alive Barbie set, kids get 16 pages they can color. When they’re finished coloring the pages, the pages can become interactive once they’re scanned into the app. The set offers the download apps free with the purchase.
Besides the Barbie set, there’s also the Crayola Color Alive Combo Set Skylanders and Mythical Creatures. This set has the ability to let kids unlock virtual fun and offers new colors to help bring the popular Skylanders to life.
In this new line the company offers the Crayola Color Alive Crayon – Enchanted Forest. The app works with iOS and Android devices. The set includes a special color that will give creative effects in the virtual version.
Since both the Barbie Color Alive and the Enchanted Forest are popular, some people order the Crayola Color Alive Combo Set Barbie and Enchanted Forest so that they can have both at the same time.
I would love to hear what kind of art projects your child enjoys. Feel free to comment below.
Suzanne

Beados Quick Dry Design Station

Beados Quick Dry Design Station
Every parent knows that crafts keep kids’ hands busy and also educate as they go – from motor skills to creativity and imagination. The Beados Quick Dry Design Station has an extra benefit that parents will love – no mess.
The colorful beads fuse with water rather than messy glue, eliminating the need for caution when playing and designing creations. The set comes with 500 beads, six templates to create your design, two trays for display, a spray bottle, a fan that quick-dry the creations and other accessories such as a tweezer pen.
The creation of Beados Quick Dry Design Station lets your kids dry their creations in a fraction of the time it would take to air dry. The set is recommended for ages 4 to 14 years of age – but even adults will enjoy the multitude of designs you can create.
Create the designs in one tray and then spray them and dry them with the fan that helps them dry quickly. Voila! Your child’s creation springs to life and they can then display them to everyone they know.
Only one spray of water from the spray bottle is enough to join the beads together and make them adhere. There are only 3 simple steps to creating the designs: design, spray and then display.
The Beados Quick Dry Design Station comes with templates for a butterfly, ice cream cone, fish and fire truck – and more. Bead colors in the set include red, pink, yellow, purple, orange, black and white.
It’s the perfect combination for your child to create all sorts of designs for the template and many of his own creations. If your child loves crafts, you may want to check out the Beados S2 Glitter Quick Dry Design Station, which takes regular Beados and adds the shimmering of sparkly glitter.
Kids love the beautiful glitter beads that give their creations an extra punch of glamour. Also part of the Beados collection is the Beados Exclusive Crystal Quick Dry Design Station, which includes all the storage and quick drying station of the other Beado sets.
But, the beads are crystals that gleam and make more sophisticated and even more beautiful designs. Beados beading kits will provide your children with many hours of creativity and imagination.
Girls will especially love the shimmery designs possible with the Glitter and Crystal kits, but boys will love to put together their own designs and engage in their own type of creativity.