Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Clearly it was meant to be that I would have girls, as when it comes to things like pretending to be princesses, doing our hair or making our own frilly, crafty projects, I fully understand them (and want to participate as well). On the other hand, digging in dirt simply to get dirty or hitting rocks with sticks? I'm sorry, but I just don't get the entertainment.
I'm sure that I would feel different if I had a son, but for now, I'm more than happy to focus on all things girly. Which is why when we got word that we were to host a Creativity for Kids Party filled with projects such as decorating fashion tote bags and creating our own trinket boxes, I knew that it was right up our alley.
After looking through the two large boxes of Creativity for Kids products that arrived, we were amazed at all of the options that we had to choose from. When there is this much fun to be had, how do you decide between it all?
With the start of the school year looming right around the corner for us, we wanted to make sure to have friends over to share in our Creativity for Kids fun with us before everyone became too busy.
Fortunately, we were able to have some of our favorite gal pals come join in the merriment and they weren't in the door more than a few minutes before we were tying on our aprons and diving into these great kits.
We started out with the project that required the least amount of setup or adult help, yet still produced something extremely fun and fashionable: the Stuck on Fashion Tote Bag.
Just the right size for kids, this pink zebra-striped bag measures 16"w x 9"h with a 10" handle and comes with a stiff bottom piece to help it stand and a matching wallet and ID tag. Once each girl had a tote, we spread out the included peel-and-press fabric stickers and let their creativity take over!
With the ability to customize their tote as much or as little as they chose, the Stuck on Fashion Tote Bags were a big hit. Each girl was able to select their favorite colors, shapes and more and ended up with a finished product that will work as a purse, shopping bag, pretend play accessory or more.
These cute tote kits retail for $14.99 each and, although the box states that they are for ages 5 - 95, the 3-year-olds at our party had no problem peeling and sticking these fun shapes. Find out more or make a purchase at Creativity for Kids, Amazon.com or at a store near you.
After our tote bags were decorated and fashionable, it was time to fill them! We moved on to the Pop Art Necklaces and again found that Creativity for Kids had made it easy for each girl to customize their creation precisely to their liking.
Whether they chose a completed sticker or one that needed to be colored, our attendees (ages 3 years and up) were easily able to place it in the plastic bottle cap, top it with a clear opti-dome, thread the satin cord and beads, and be ready to show off their handmade jewelry.
We loved how the girls were able to select their favorite colors for their necklaces — including the bottle caps, stickers, cording and beads — so that their finished results ended up personalized and fun. After the party I asked Big Sister E what her favorite project was and she picked these necklaces!
These Pop Art Necklaces and More kits retail for $14.99 each (enough to create 10) and again, although the box states that they are for ages 5 - 95, our 3- and 4-year-olds were able to complete each step on their own just fine. Find out more or make a purchase at Creativity for Kids, Amazon.com or at a store near you.
Even though I had hesitations about attempting the Fashion Headbands kit with the younger age group that we had at our party, the box stated that it was also for ages 5 - 95 (and the kids were eager to do more!) so we pulled it open to see what was inside.
As with Creativity for Kids' other kits, I appreciated that users are able to get inspiration and ideas from the photos on the box or the information on the written instructions... yet there really is no right or wrong way to be creative. This kit included 10 satin headbands in a rainbow of colors, rhinestones, fabric flowers, feathers, a glittery butterfly, yards of ribbon and more. Simply use the included glue and your imagination and go!
The girls loved designing their own headbands and getting to choose their favorite colors in the band, ribbon and accessories to add on. However, the process of wrapping the ribbon around the headband proved to be a bit too difficult for the younger crowd and they also had a hard time trying to glue on pieces like rhinestones without having them pop back off.
I do think that this is a really fun kit and, retailing for an affordable $19.99 (at Creativity for Kids or on Amazon.com) for the 10 pieces, it would work really well for 7-9-year-olds for a birthday or slumber party activity.
Even though I would have thought the girls were all crafted-out, we decided to open up the Feather Trinket Box kits and do one more! I haven't found this particular mini kit online, but they are just the right size to contain everything necessary for a single craft.
Including a flower-shaped pink box, rhinestones, feathers and craft glue, no one had any problems turning the individual pieces of this kit into a darling little jewelry box. Top, bottom, sides, it didn't matter! The hardest part about completing these boxes was allowing them to set aside to dry because the girls wanted to keep on decorating and playing with them!
All of Creativity for Kids' mini kits retail for $5.99 each, which is a reasonable price if you're looking for something unique and fun to keep on hand for a rainy day or a small gift.
All in all, we had a great Creativity for Kids Craft Party! I had assumed that my girls and their friends would have fun making the crafts, but they really got into the creative aspects and getting to be the designer in each of the projects.
Plus, as Big Sister E pointed out, these kits were a special way for all of the girls to enjoy the time together, laughing and talking while they worked. I love the idea that a box of supplies can result in cute, fashionable products while also providing a bonding experience for girls, their friends... and Mom, too!
Each of the girls were able to take home all of their creations as well as a neat Coloring & ARTivity Book so that they could continue stretching their artistic imaginations even further at home...
...and, although everyone was worn out by the party's end, there were smiles all around. This turned out to be a fantastic way to spend a morning and we'll be sure to keep it on our list to do again in the future!
Find out more about how your children can create one-of-a-kind masterpieces with Creativity for Kids by connecting with them on their website as well as on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
(Other than the Creativity for Kids party packs I was provided by Faber-Castell and MomSelect, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion of these products.)