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This Easter I was 8 months pregnant and not the fastest mummy on the block so I wanted a few activities to do with my son indoors and sitting down. I found various craft kits including this one to do with him.
The set includes 4 characters two each of a bunny and a chick. The eggs are made from polystyrene and are already coloured white for the bunny and yellow for the chick. The eggs are all individually packaged with the instructions and all the foam bits you need to complete each egg inside it. I think was a great idea despite the extra packaging this entails as it means I have been able to keep a couple back to do another time. Also it means I didn't have to sort through to find out which bits went with the bunny or the chick.
Each set contains a polystyrene egg, a long green strip for the grass and a green base for the egg to sit in. There are also googly eggs and flowers in both sets. The chick has big feet and a feather for the top, whilst the bunny has feet large ears.
The set is designed for children 5 and above however my son was 4 when he made this and with a tiny bit of help with co-ordinating the making of the base, he was with me reading him the instructions able to complete both animals himself. The instructions are all written in clear simple steps and the language is suitable for a young child to read and they should with some prompting be able to read them to make the animals.
Making the chick was something my son really enjoyed however he found attaching the grass to the base a bit fiddly. How much of this was down to the glue we were using I am not sure, but with a glue stick we found it difficult to get the two pieces of foam to stick together and in the end I needed to buy some gloopy glue to make it work which caused a bit of upset and frustration at the delay. The rest of the items such as the flowers and ears and feet all are for you to press out of a foam block having being pre-cut. You then unpeel the back like a sticker to attach them to the character or grass. Again my son loved decorating these and making sure he had the ears and faces the way he wanted to have them. The backs of the stickers peeled of nicely and there was no damage as we did this or as they popped out of their foam blocks. The googly eyes are quite small and he did need my help to take the backs of them as they kept falling out of his grasp when he tried. The yellow feather for the chicks head again needed gloopy glue to stick it rather than a glue stick as it wouldn't remain fixed in place otherwise.
Look wise my son has been very pleased with how they turned out and although they are for an Easter theme with chicks and bunnies they could as easily be for any spring event or indeed any animal mad child. Once the bits have been stuck in place they have remained there well and even after a few months of being proudly displayed for all to see they remain as bright and cheerful as the day he made them and he feels still quite proud of them with all the bots still intact.
The set cost around £3.80 for 4 animals but is currently reduced to £1.99 on the Baker Ross website so you could stock up. I personally think given the quality of the craft kits the price is fairly reasonable. I personally would have liked to see a few more feathers for the chick and maybe a carrot for the bunny to hold but overall I am very pleased with the kit and my son enjoyed making them. Each animal took him around 10 minutes to do the base with the grass which then needs to dry followed by 20 minutes to make the actual animal and decorate it which is probably as long as he will concentrate at 4 years old. The waiting for the base to dry was not easy for my impatient boy but other children may be more used to waiting and cope with it better than he did. An older child would probably need less time but for us it was a great little craft kit to make with one another and good for improving my sons hand eye co-ordination. I would definitely recommend it just make sure you have gloopy glue for the sticking of feather and making the grass holders.