Guess what, everyone... I've got a product review for you, and a giveaway! How does that make you feel?
If you grew up in the eighties, you probably remember making Shrinky Dinks. You used colored pencils to color small, clear sheets of paper with pictures on them. Then, you (well, preferrably a grown-up!) put them in the oven, and they shrank into small, hard figures that you could play with! I remember I had a Cabbage Patch Kids set and a My Little Ponies kit. I have fond memories if Shrinky Dinks!
Well, the people at Creativity For Kids have taken Shrinky Dinks a step further and found a way for kids to use them to make creative greeting cards! They sent the kids and I a package of Shrinky Dinks I Heart You Cards to try out!
I had signed us up for a Valentine's Day card exchange with one of our playgroups, so we were supposed to make eight cards to send out for that. I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to use the kit... we could make all of the cards we needed for our exchange, and the kids would each be able to make one or two to keep or give away!
Pufferfish didn't get into it that much. She's all about coloring on blank paper, and doesn't really understand the concept of coloring in some pictures. So she just made a few lines on her little papers, and scampered off. But Little Bear and Rafael really got into it!
Here, Rafael grins proudly after coloring in his! (He was excited about using the Kiss Me design to make a card for his mom!)
I remembered the shrinking part of the process being really long and complicated... but that must be because I was about six the last time I tried to make them! It really only takes about five minutes. Unfortunately, our oven doesn't have a light inside, so we couldn't watch them shrink! But here's how they turned out!
Next, the kids and I got busy making the cards. Each card had a hole cut out on the front, and we had to use the adhesive dots included to stick a shrinky dink onto each card. The kit also came with ribbons and sparkly paper to decorate the cards with. Here is a sample of one of the finished products!
I think they turned out very cute! The thing I like the most about this kit (and other products made by Creativity For Kids) is that they can inspire kids to do more. We used up the materials in the kit pretty quickly, but the ideas we got from the kit (like cutting out a shape on the cover of a greeting card and gluing something in the middle, or punching holes in a card and lacing a ribbon through it) can be easily used again and again with other projects that we do using things around the house. So it really does turn out to be a learning experience!
THE FINAL REVIEW
Positive Aspects: This kit provided a way for the kids to make very cute, unique, creative greeting cards. The cards could be used for any occasion, not just Valentine's Day! It taught the kids some new ideas that they could later use for other projects. And it involved multiple steps... coloring the shrinky dinks, making the shrinky dinks in the oven, and making the actual cards... so it took up a good amount of the dreaded after school time!
Negative Aspects: I really don't think there were any negative aspects. I think the kids would have liked it if the kit included more things to put on the cards, such as stickers or more sheets of the sparkly paper. However, I definitely don't have anything bad to say about this kit!
The Kid Who Liked It The Most: Little Bear! Pufferfish was really too young to enjoy it. (The kit is recommended for ages seven and up, anyway!) And Rafael will sit and work hard on one or two coloring projects, but then his attention span wears out. However, Little Bear was churning out greeting cards like a one girl card factory!
We Rate This Kit: A!!!
Now, for the moment you've been waiting for! You have a chance to win a Creativity For Kids craft kit for you and your children! If you win, you'll be able to pick any craft kit from the site! All you have to do is go to the Creativity For Kids site, browse around, and leave me a comment telling me about a product you think your kids would enjoy. TO make it a little more interesting, if you forward this post to someone, Twitter it, blog about it, share it on Facebook, etc, I'll give you an extra entry! (You get one extra entry for each time you share it.)
The giveaway ends on Valentine's Day... Saturday, February 14! On Sunday, I'll randomly pick a winner!