Time to Get Crafty!
Creative Learning Time
Tags: crafts, summer fun
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:46:59 By: Joanne Oppenheim

 


 

 


2011 Award
Creativity for Kids Flip Flop Fashions
(Creativity for Kids $21.99 Score: )

A perfect activity for a Mother's Day present. The set comes with two pairs of flip flops (one for Mom and one for a daughter).  The big pair of zebra printed flip flops are said to be a Big Kid size 4-7 but our mom tester with a woman's size 7 1/2 was able to use these.  SO I guess we should say they will fit mom with average or smaller feet!!  The smaller cheetah pink flip flops are designed to fit a child's 11-2 shoe size. If you're in doubt the back of the box has a shoe print of both flip flops so that you can see if they'll fit. The set also comes with lots of satin ribbon, fabric flowers, craft gule, heart rhinetstones, self-adhesive rhinestone trim (our testers liked this aspect alot!) and a handy scissors.    A fun summer time craft!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2011 Award
eeBoo Crepe Paper Flowers
(eeBoo $10 Score: )

We love making paper flowers! Short of cutting out your own patterns, this little kit will make three big flowers. The kit has magenta and pink crepe paper shapes and the directions are simple and clear. It's all about separating the precut shapes and stacking them and then tying them together with the pipe cleaners in the kit. After that you simply spread the petals gently and abra-ka-dabra you have a colorful posy. A nice kit for a play date or a day that needs quiet time. 8 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011.

 


 

 


2011 Award
Crayola Glow Explosion Gear
(Crayola $9.99 Score: )

You have probably seen these glow sticks at parties, but here's a new twist. These come with plastic connectors with sprockets that allow you to construct some amazing structures that kids can wear or display. These would be fun for a pajama party to keep kids busy and eager to turn off the lights--so they can wear their glow in the dark creations. The set comes with three colors, 40 glow sticks, and 18 connectors. Of course, the glow part fades after a few hours, so this is basically a disposable novelty item. But, so are birthday celebrations and family events. This buys you a little quiet time for busy hands and ooos and ahhhs.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2011 Award
Creativity for Kids Best Friends Scrapbooks
(Creativity for Kids $29.99 Score: )

A perfect set for best friends to share. It's a set with two scrapbooks plus ribbons, scissors, pens, self-adhesive frames, stencils, flowers, glitter stickers, papers, glue sticks, rhinestones, and everything they need to make two unique books. The hard-covered scrapbooks have 10 pages and 20 layouts to guide beginners in the art of scrapbooking.  This would be fun for a sleep over or day long playdate that best friends often enjoy.   The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


2011 Award
Creativity for Kids Quick Knit Loom
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score: )

Remember those small wooden looms that you could make a really, really long knitted tube from? I never quite got the hang of them or really understood what to do with the tube when I was done. Well, this kit has both a plastic version of the old school size as well as a really big loom!  With the big loom you can make a hat, a tube dress for your doll, or maybe even a small purse. The set comes with three skeins of colorful yarn (pink, red and purple), embroidery thread, pony beads, a knitting hook, a yarn needle, a thread needle, needle threader, a tassle maker and ideas for projects.  A nice starter kit for needlework. Althought I think these kits work best if someone is around who remembers how to do these crafts!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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