We had a lovely day yesterday making hand puppets out of rubber gloves, all inspired by the Dettol competition at Mumsnet. You can win a professional puppet show in your own home just by making a puppet out of a rubber glove and sending them a picture.
We had great fun this week with a Sand Art Kit from Kids Bee Happy.
First impressions were great – I love colour, and the kit came 2 pictures and a veritable rainbow of coloured sands in 20 little squeezy vials. Each kit has one simple design and one more advanced one, so perfect for siblings to do together.
I’m pretty easy going where mess is concerned, and I’ll always go for fun over clean, but sand play is usually a daytime activity for us. On this occasion, as small one was beside herself with excitement, I prepared for carnage and agreed to let her have a go before bedtime.
But look at this….
Concentration you could hear!
The kits are brilliantly designed for minimum mess. You peel off one section of the picture at a time, pick a colour, sprinkle the sand, tap off the excess onto paper and start again with the next bit. Obviously it needs a little supervision – mostly stopping them putting all the sand on one section… but it works really well and the results are fantastic.
It’s nice to get a craft kit made by people who understand kids (and parents). There are 2 plastic sticks for parents or older kids to lift the edges of the stickers, so no frustration from trying to do it with fingernails… and no frustration when you lose one either. There was no disappointment from running out of materials halfway through – even after completing both pictures, there was plenty of sand left. Plastic sleeves are included to display the final artwork without mess or damage. They even thought of adhesive hooks to hang them up with!
What I thought was particularly clever is that the pictures can be a simple, or as complicated as your child wants them to be. They can be done in stages for younger children, or be an all day activity for older ones.
We got a bit adventurous, and played with drizzling different colours into some of the larger areas with great results. Older kids (and parents) could have fun making all sorts of intricate designs.
Psychedelic islands and carrot trees!
These sets aren’t cheap at Â£8.99 for a set of 2, but having tried them, I would definitely buy them again as they are good value for money. Even after finishing both pictures and getting rather enthusiastic, we had loads of sand left for some slightly messier play on our own, and we got a bit creative with the multicoloured excess sand from our pictures too, which I’ve saved.
The verdict: We LOVED this kit! Anything that manages to keep a 2 year old enthralled for over an hour, while making me feel like super-mummy for doing craft before bedtime is worth it’s weight in gold! Kids Bee Happy also do sand painting for kids parties and events, which sounds like a fantastic way to keep everyone occupied.
Disclosure: I did not get paid for this post but I did receive a product sample to test and keep. I follow the Britmums Blogging with Integrity Guidelines â€“ I always write honest and truthful reviews and disclose any perks I receive!
As the mum of a toddler girl, I’m REALLY fed up with pink. I have nothing against it as a colour (in fact, I rather like it), but on the rare occasion I get to buy new clothes for small one, walking into a shop and just finding rack upon rack of one colour is seriously off-putting.