Showing posts with label #artsandcrafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #artsandcrafts. Show all posts

Monday, 6 November 2017

John Adams BLOPEN Glitter Studio Review

As part of my review series for the brand new John Adams Craft Club that launched at the end of September.

I am now sharing with you how me and the boys got on with the Blopens Glitter Studio


Box Contains;

 5 BLOPENS, 
Glitter Holder, 
Glue Pen, 
4 Glitter Tubes, 
Butterfly Mobile. 
Heart, 
3 Flowers, 
8 Stencils, 
Ribbon and Instructions



                 

I really love the amount of different stencils you get included in the box, the boys all enjoyed looking through them deciding which ones they were going to do and who they were going to be for.

Once you've got everything out the box you can then turn the box around and use it as an easel, with slots for all the pens and glitter tubes. 
Which is great for helping you store your pens whilst you work on your master piece.



For our first attempt at BLOPENS we decided we would just use the templates on normal paper just so we could get the hang of it.
Everyone decided they would do one for their favourite teachers at school which was rather sweet.

They made sure to add lots of glitter to make them look extra special.



The BLOPENS were really easy to use and the all 3 of the boys found it nice and simple to use them.
Even little Ru mastered them and made some really awesome art work!
The recommended age is 6 upwards but with adult supervision the boys all got on really well.
If using BLOPENS with under 6 always make sure an adult is present!

After the wedding the boys are all planning to do one of the mobiles designs and hang it in their room.

The boys joint effort for Daddy
For their head teacher
For another teacher.

Recommended for ages 6 +
Available from Smyths Toys 
 RRP £24.99

Over on the John Adams Craft Club Facebook page there are lots of craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.
Why not head over and check it out!


Sunday, 29 October 2017

John Adams Pixelo Neon

The boys all take after me and love anything arty ... especially colouring in.
I find it extremely relaxing and its the one activity that I know all the boys will happily join in with.

I was recently invited to do some reviews for the brand new John Adams Craft Club that launched at the end of September.

On the Facebook page John Adams features craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.

For our first review the boys picked Pixelo

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Go dotty with PIXELO! Create vibrant, colourful artwork with a twist. 
Choose a colouring sheet, then use your PIXELO pen to colour with incredible dotted effects! 
With 7 different colour markers to choose from, simply swap them in and out of your electronic pen to create magical dotted drawings. 
You can also use the markers as normal pens to doodle, draw and colour your sheets.

Includes
 electronic 1 x PIXELO Pen, 
7 x colour markers
 10 x colouring sheets. 
Requires 1 x AAA battery

Recommended age is 6+


The boys all really loved the look of the colouring sheets, but of course they all wanted the same one to start with.  
So rather than them fight over the skull, I decided to copy a few so they could all do it, and whilst copying a copy for them I decided id have a go too, so I did an extra one for myself.

So now we still have the original colouring page incase they want to do it again.


With all the boys sat at the table waiting for me to add the battery to the Pixelo pen so they could get going. 
We decided we would have two goes each and then pass the Pixelo pen on to the next person.
Surprisingly they all - even Ru very nicely took it turns to have a go and didn't moan whilst they were waiting. 
Whilst they waited to use the pen they coloured in the other bits by hand.



Being a big kid, I went first - just so that I could show them how to use the Pixelo pen.
It was pretty easy, the pen clicked in nicely and then all you had to do is hold it nice and straight then guide it across the paper so it can go dot crazy!

Noah went next and took to it like a pro, the results were very pretty.
After Noah had finished his go the twins each had a go, with me helping them, they did ok but they  needed a lot of help.
Ru had a go and he did alright for someone who has no proper pen control.

This is not something I would have typically picked out for the boys but seeing how easy and fun it was and how much they all enjoyed it,  it's definitely something I would buy for them in the future.
Or even as a present for one of their friends!


We all had a fun filled afternoon doing our colouring and everyone really enjoyed using the Pixelo pen to make their picture extra special.
Each of our colourings turned out differently, even though they all started off the same.

Noah's is the first fox, Oscars is the second fox and Alex did the Candy Skull.

In the manual there is a web address to where you can download extra colouring sheets once you have used up all the ones that the box comes with.

You can buy Pixelo Neon from Smyths Toys for £18.99



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Gel-A-Peel Glow In The Dark Notebook Challenge

Before Noah went back to school he was challenge to design a notebook cover with Gel-A-Peel.


The perfect intersection of fashion + design. Design. Peel. Wear. Share. Gel-A-Peel allows you to express yourself through your own designer creations!


Inside the pack
  • 3 Gel-a-Peel tubes
  • 16 design templates
  • Gel tray with squeegee tool to make gel shapes and gems!
  • 5 designer tips: 3 round, 1 rake, 1 star
  • Clear drawing sheet, Cleaning tool. Accessory hardware
Noah was also provided a copper notebook which you can find in Primark for £2.50.


Noah really liked the idea of designing his own notebook cover.
He loves being arty and when he's not on Minecraft or building Lego sets he's at his desk drawing.

He had big ideas for his notebook, first he was going to draw Link from Zelda on it, then he was going to put some wrestler logos on but he struggled at bit with doing really detailed drawings with the pens.


So we let it dry and peeled it off and let him start again.
This time he just went with some doodles.
I showed him it was much easier to do simple designs with the pens and that they weren't really designed for complicated pictures.

He started off with his name and year group, then wanted to do a bit of a Tom Gates design and I he just went to town.
Below is the end result.
He even designed a bracelet using the design template included in the pack.


The pens glow nicely in the dark and that really pleased Noah as usually when things say they glow in the dark they barely do!

You can find The Glow in the dark pack here for £14.99

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Aquabeads Cars 3 Playset

The boys have all been Cars crazy at some point or another and Ru bear is still completely obsessed.
So when we were sent the Aquabeads - Cars 3 Playset they were all very impressed and couldn't wait to get started.

Amazingly they each picked a character without fighting.
We all thought Ru would want his favourite Lightening McQueen but he actually went for Jackson Storm.
Noah picked Mack, Alex picked Lightening and Oscar went for Cruz Ramirez.


Inside the box you have everything you need to make all four characters,

1 Table Tray,
1 Bead Palette,
2 Template Sheets which are printed on both sides,
1 Sprayer,
1 Bead Peeler,
Over 1000 Polygon Beads,  Jewelled Beads,
And A Set of Instructions.

Key Features;
Helps to develop hand-eye coordination and memory skills.
Just spray water and the beads stick together! 
No ironing required.



Once you've picked your character just slot the template on the underside of the table tray and get placing your beads.
Ru couldn't quite do it himself, so I gave him a helping hand and let him spray the beads at the end.
He loved watching the beads eventually turn into Jackson Storm.


The beads only take 10 minutes to dry before you can peel them away from the tray and then up 60 minutes to dry completely.
We left ours a little longer just to be on the safe side.

The twins decided to have a race doing theres.
Because Alex is left handed it was easy for them to sit together and place their beads down with out really knocking into each other.
I think Oscar was the winner in the end but I'm sure if you ask Alex he'd say he was the winner!


I thought Noah wouldn't want to have a go at making one but he really enjoyed putting together Mack and made sure he took his time to make sure it was right.
He was very happy with the end result and now wants to get more Aquabeads play-sets!


  • Not suitable for children under 3 years old. 
  • To be used under the direct supervision of an adult.
Can be found in Argos for £13.99

The Mini Beasts with their creations!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Great Fruit Shoot Craft Session

With the boys being struck down with chicken pox over the whole of Easter we didn't really do much, so once they were better I was eager to do some fun things with them.
Something that wasn't going to need a lot of energy but something that was going to get them off the sofa and away from the TV.

We were sent an amazing craft kit from Robinson's Fruit Shoots containing everything we needed to have a space craft session.
The plan was to use our creations on an egg hunt, but they boys weren't very willing in doing an egg hunt.
(you know they're really sick when they refuse to have an Easter egg hunt!)


Along with all the arts and crafts we were sent some Fruit Shoots to enjoy whilst crafting.
The boys were over the moon with this as I don't buy them as often as they'd like me too.


Everyone was keen to get crafting, even Noah Mr Unsociable wanted to make some space pictures.

I decided to show them/wow them with my little alien made that I out of a foam egg and then after all being rather impressed they all wanted to make their own.

Oscar and Ru's both turned into red planets rather than aliens, and Noah's was pretty cool a mix between Saturn and an Alien.




The boys are all pretty rubbish at staying hydrated, but having the fruit shoots on the table and them being something they actually enjoy drinking they all made sure they finished their bottles pretty quickly.


Once all the juice was finished the boys decided they wanted to turn them into rockets.
We had a chat about how we could do that and then got down to it.
I cut up some coloured paper of their choice to make wings and a rocket tip and then they stuck them to their bottles.


Along with our rockets and egg aliens we made some alien pictures out of lolly pop sticks and googly eyes.



Noah and Rupert soon lost interest, Noah's Playstation was calling and Ru decided he wanted to nap. The twins however were keen to use absolutely everything in the Mr Maker Craft box.


So anything they could stick on their rockets they used and anything they could make sparkle on their pictures they did.

It was a bit of a glitter party in the end.



Since doing the space arts and crafts Alex has taken a real keen interest in learning all about the different planets and space.

The Little Kids First Big Book Of Space has now become our number one bedtime reading book.
He's also taken it into school for show and tell!


The boys really enjoyed learning all about space and making their own rockets, so a big Thank You Fruit Shoot for helping them figure out what their Thing is!


The Fruit Shoots we were sent were -

 2 Hydro and 2 original Fruit Shoots

NATURALLY FLAVOURED HYDRO

A naturally flavoured spring water drink, Hydro is irresistibly refreshing and tasty – with zero sugar and no artificial colours or flavourings. 
They come in three flavours - 
Apple & Raspberry
Blackcurrant,
Orange & Pineapple.

Fruit Shoot
There’s real fruit in every drop of Fruit Shoot and each and every one is filled with multi-vitamins. Better still, we don’t add any sugar, artificial colours or flavourings at all.
There is a vast range of different flavours from Apple and blackcurrant to tropical, so something for everyones taste buds!
Both bottles have re-sealable cap so they can take it with them – and do their thing, wherever they are. 

Does your child have a thing?
Why not share it on Fruit Shoots Facebook page