And, while they would most likely tell you that they enjoyed each one and had fun swimming or playing tennis or going to camp, I never have any doubt when it comes to anything related to arts & crafts. Give these girls a paintbrush or some scissors or even just a handful of popsicle sticks and they're excited to let their creativity take over.
I'm pretty sure that they both started displaying their imagination, originality and inventiveness long before they could walk and, to this day, can often be found turning even the most mundane objects into artistic creations. I wouldn't have it any other way!
Therefore, when I am introduced to a product that incorporates art, painting, stickers, glitter and it glows in the dark, there is really no doubt in my mind that my kids have 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 rainy days or beating the heat 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 large package of great new additions to the Gelarti collection of products arrived, the bright colors and cute sticker options caught my girls' attention right away, bringing an immediate need for craft time.
Including the Gelarti Designer Studio, Gelarti Activity Pack, Gelarti 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Designer Series, Gelarti Glitter Designer Series and a Gelarti Scene Pack, we were thrilled to dive right in to get painting.
As each pack comes with everything you need to get started, it didn't take long looking over the paints, marbling tools, sticker sheets, Designer Studio's desk and 360° turntable, gems, 3D pieces and much more. The biggest question was where to start first!
Even though each of these Gelarti packs are recommended for ages 5 and up, I wasn't too worried that Little Sister B, at 4½, wouldn't be able to use and control the paints easily enough.
Sure enough, we found that the pens were just the right size for little hands and that without applying too much pressure, the paint came out slowly enough that staying within the lines wasn't a problem for her or Big Sister E.
I love that Gelarti sets are designed for open-ended creativity, giving users the control over picking each and every color, while also coming with illustrated instructions to help inspire and show how to create marbling, star or swirl effects.
Both girls had such a great time decorating page after page of Gelarti stickers that it was difficult to convince them to take a break to eat, to participate in any sort of other activity, or simply to save some for another day.
They just wanted to keep on painting and even ended up very sweetly collaborating together on a few of the pages!
Although just using the paints and the sticker sheets was completely fun, we did find that the addition of the Designer Studio made a good thing even better. It was so easy to slide a page into place and be able to turn it all the way around to easily reach whichever part was being painted.
As an extremely innovative and convenient bonus, my kids are thrilled about the way that the Designer Studio folds in half for easy storage and portability. They are both already talking about how excited they are to be able to bring this with them on our upcoming vacation!
Finally having to stop for dinner and bedtime, the girls reluctantly stopped painting their Gelarti stickers and left them to dry (it is recommended that they dry for at least six hours) overnight.
The following day, my young artists were thrilled to get to peel each sticker 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 the girls add bright spots of color and cute design throughout the house and know that Big Sister E and Little Sister B can easily move them from the walls to the windows to the mirrors and more.
These most commonly have all ended up on the large window in the girls' playroom, making it easy for them to see them often and put the stickers through all sorts of cute stories and adventures!
Retailing between $12.99 and $19.99 the Gelarti collection by Moose Toys is available at major toy retailers nationwide, with some items exclusively sold at Toys 'R Us or at ToysRUs.com.
Both of my girls have 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 — we are definitely adding these to our short list of birthday gift ideas that are sure to please!
Thanks to the generosity of Moose Toys, one person will be able to provide an engaging and creative experience over and over again as well, because...
One lucky person will win a Gelarti Prize Pack* (ARV $80)!
*Prize Pack includes (1) Gelarti Designer Studio, (1) Gelarti Activity Pack, (1) Gelarti 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Designer Series, (1) Gelarti 3D Butterfly World and (1) Gelarti Glitter Designer Series
A big thank you to Moose Toys for providing Gelarti products for me to review as well as a Gelarti Prize 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.