While the question is meant to be very open-ended, my 5-year-old's answer was simple: drawing.
You said you like drawing? I asked her when I heard about the query. Drawing what?
Just drawing, she shrugged. I just really like to draw.
Having admired her creativity and imagination from a very young age, I already knew that this was the case. She can't be left alone with even a plain piece of paper without turning it into some sort of artistic creation that has an intricate story to go along with it. That's my girl!
Therefore, when I was introduced to a new line of reusable stickers that can not only be used again and again, but are custom painted by the young owner, right away I knew that there would be nothing but love for Gelarti by Moose Toys.
Designed with kids and parents in mind, Gelarti allows children to paint, peel, place, remove and reuse their uniquely designed stickers without leaving messy residue behind. Perfect for brightening spring's rainy days while inspiring creativity, these unique clings arrive with their own specially formulated paint so that kids can customize and decorate them until they are just right to place nearly anywhere.
When a Gelarti Activity Pack arrived, the bright colors and cute sticker options (more than 50 of them!) caught Big Sister E's eye, bringing an immediate need for craft time.
Including five paints, one marbling tool, eight pages of sticker sheets, two bag tags, and one card, Big Sister E pondered over where to begin for a minute before eagerly getting started.
As this Gelarti Activity Pack was recommended for ages 5 and up, I wasn't too worried that Big Sister E would be able to use and control the paints easily enough. Sure enough, we found that the pens were just the right size for her hands and that without applying too much pressure, the paint came out slowly enough that staying within the lines wasn't a problem.
While the act of painting these stickers was fun in itself, the included marbling tool was a great addition. Simply by swirling the tool in the paints, a new, brightly-colored, one-of-a-kind result happened, leading to endless discussions about the science of primary and secondary colors.
I appreciate that Gelarti sets are designed for open-ended creativity, while also coming with an activity book to help inspire and give ideas for what a final project might look like.
Big Sister E had such a great time decorating her Gelarti that it was difficult to convince her to take a break to eat or to participate in any sort of other activity. She just wanted to keep on painting!
Finally having to stop for bedtime, I told her that we had to leave the Gelarti to dry for a minimum of six hour anyway, so they would be ready for her in the morning. With one last glance at the stickers that she had painted, she reluctantly went to bed.
The following day, after I verified that the stickers were dry, my young artist was thrilled to get to peel them off and decorate the walls and windows. I hesitantly removed one to be sure that it wouldn't leave the typical sticky residue... and it didn't!
Instead, I was happy to let Big Sister E add bright spots of color and cute design throughout the house and know that she and Little Sister B can easily move them from the walls to the windows to the mirrors and more.
The ultimate Gelarti Activity Pack retails for $16.99 and, along with the rest of the Gelarti collection by Moose Toys, is available exclusively at Toys 'R Us. Big Sister E has had a blast with these paint-your-own stickers and I can't imagine any child who loves arts & crafts and being creative would feel any differently!
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A big thank you to Moose Toys for providing a Gelarti Activity Pack for me to review as well as a Gelarti Scene Pack for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.