Wednesday, 14 November 2012

12 Toys of Christmas #1

Over the following week, Inside the Wendy House will be showcasing a dozen top kids' toys ranging from stocking fillers, to great gadgets to cool craft sets.  Each post will provide some ideas for Christmas gifts for the kids and maybe provide a bit of Christmas shopping inspiration.  Every item included can be purchased from Amazon or other good stockists making Christmas shopping as easy as possible!

First up are some brilliant craft sets for anyone looking for gifts for art loving, crafty and creative kids. The first two are suitable for children aged 8 and over, the other is suitable for ages 5 and up.  They will provide fun Christmas activities with a cool end result!

craft set

Build an extreme card sculpture of a Giant Hornet with the Technokit Rivetz Giant Hornet kit. First have fun using the Rivetz gun to learn how the unique self-locking Rivetz system works.  The plastic rivets are even reusable so if you do make a mistake just remove them and start again! Then begin assembling the Giant Hornet by folding and fixing together the 14 pre-cut, pre-printed card shapes. No glue is The colour illustrated instruction manual provided shows you how it’s done. The result is an insectoid  model you will be proud to show off! Just one of the collectable Technokit Rivetz projects available from Interplay. RRP £12.99

crafts, girls

The myStyle collection is a must-have amongst girls looking to design and create professional quality accessories whilst keeping true to their own individual style. myStyle Deluxe Charm Bracelets (£19.99) do just that, allowing girls to design and make beautiful silver charm bracelets similar to leading designer brands, but at a fraction of the price!    

The Deluxe Charm Bracelets set includes everything you need to have hours of fantastic fun using beautiful, coloured clays to make gorgeous and unique beads.  The high quality components are designed to ensure a superior and stunning result. The beads and charms can be added to the bracelets to make a lovely gift for someone special or for yourself.

I think this is a great idea for a craft set with impressive results.  The instructions are really clear.  The clay can be twisted or marbled to make attractive coloured beads which are then oven baked with the rivet inside.  The potential for creating different looks is great, allowing young girls to express themselves through their finished piece of jewellery. It's a lot cheaper than buying Pandora Beads and much more fun!

stickers, paints

Gelarti is an activity pack that allows you to make over fifty fabulous accessories.  Using the special squeezy paints, you can add colour to the stickers, tags and photo frame and use techniques to make special marbling effects.  You can use the stickers to decorate laptops, mobile phones or anything else you get for Christmas!  And use the frame on a favourite festive photo and use as a thank you present.  This set will provide a lot of fun but the stickers can get used up quickly. (£14.99)

**All the toys have been provided for the purpose of the reviews and I'm proud to announce that most will be donated to Radio Lollipop in Manchester where my daughter is a volunteer.**


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