Just before we headed off on holiday, we received a fabulous crafts kit from Kids One Stop Shop. Created by Kidicraft, the Malma Angel Wave kit contains all the supplies you need to create 24 totally personalised angels. You can decorate them with water colours, oils, pastels, crayons, felt-tips, glitters or just about anything else you can think of - the Madhouse Mini-testers asked if we could use feathers and sequins next time !
Inside the box, you get 48 angels (24 backs and 24 fronts) waiting to be decorated. The brown cardboard inserts go in the middle so that you can glue them together and add a string to hang them up (they'd look great as homemade Christmas decorations and would be lovely for creating special gifts for grandparents or teachers) and the bits that look like cardboard versions of the old-fashioned foil milk bottle tops go on the bottom to hold it all together.
All three of the Madhouse Mini-testers - aged 4, 8 and 12 - immediately started decorating their angels. I must admit, even I joined in so it really is an activity that anyone of any age can enjoy. Even younger children could get involved with finger painting.
Pierre admittedly had more fun painting glue all over his arms than on the angel - I remember doing this as a kid myself, so that I could peel it all off when it had dried. Why is this such a universally appealing thing for kids to do ?!
Juliette commandeered the glue and started putting her angel together properly though ! She glued the first one before colouring it, but I found that it worked better if you decorate the two halves separately then glue them together when they are finished.
Here are my two halves.
And here are Juliette's.
The only slight problem that we had was that the two halves gaped apart when the glue was drying so they didn't stick properly.
We got around this slight problem by holding the two halves together with pegs while the glue dried.
Here are our finshed angels. I think mine ended up looking a bit like Robert Smith from The Cure but they're not bad for a first attempt and as there are so many in the box, we can have lots of fun creating a whole host of angels in time for Christmas !
You can see from the photo how proud Juliette was of her creation (and the other Madhouse Mini-testers were too but I ran out of battery on my camera !). Costing £24.99 for a box of 24 angels, this would be a great value kit for a playgroup or kids party activity. And if angels aren't your thing, there are other designs available, including hearts, bells, balls and eggs so they could be used for Mother's Day or Easter activities too. If you're a bit more talented with a paintbrush than we are, the picture on the Kids One Stop Shop website shows how amazing your creation could be - how beautiful is this?
One thing that I would like to see added to the range is smaller versions of the kits, offering for example five angels for £6. This would be more affordable for smaller families working to a tight budget.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £24.99 for 24 angels
for more information : http://www.kidsonestopshop.co.uk/vendors/kidicraft-ltd
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.
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