Kids’ Craft Panel Reviews: Crafty Kits for Kids!

At this time of year, it’s nice to have the peace of mind that the gifts that you are buying for kids are age appropriate, and most importantly – fun to use! That’s why we’ve assembled our very own Kids’ Craft Panel by selecting a handful of crafty youngsters who entered our Mini Makers competition. These crafty ambassadors have put some of our Kids’ Kits to the test. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the Mini Makers competition this year, where we’ll be on the look out for more members! Read more about the current panel on the Hobbycraft blog ».

 

Suggested age range: 3+

 

Katelan

Katelan, age 13

Rating: 6/10

I found that this kit was simple, yet fun. The kit came with three great colours choices of thread, a wooden plaque, and a small needle. However, the kit didn’t come with scissors or instructions. 

I found that the needle was the right size and easy to thread the string through. My only tip would be is if you make the needle colored they wouldn’t be as easy to lose. 

I found the end result looked quite plain. So, to brighten up the design I used pencils to color in the wood. I found this made it 10 times better, and really lets you show of the great designs!

 

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Suggested age range: 8+

 

Lily

Lily, age 10

Rating: 9.5/10

I enjoyed making this Automatic Spiro Stencil as it was quite fun to do, but I needed an adult to help.

We needed a screwdriver to undo some bits, and the instructions didn’t explain that you could change the shapes, so that would be good to let people know.

I really liked making some different patterns and will use it again.

 

Mia

Mia, age 11

Rating: 8/10

I though this kit was very enjoyable, age appropriate and fun! But the instructions weren’t very clear and connecting the wires was a bit tricky because it was a bit of a squeeze, as well as being a bit fiddly. I would also recommend using pencils as pens leave blobs of ink when it isn’t spinning. I would recommend this kit as it is worth the effort. I did have 2 pieces left over (number 14, bridge connectors) that I still don’t know where they are meant to go!

 

Zachary

Zachary

 

“I built this Spiral maker with my Dad today! It’s really cool and it draws on the paper. When it takes a long time it draws more detailed patterns.  I’d like to try the Flashing tower and Robotic Spider next!”

 

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Suggested age range: 8+

 

Mia

Mia, age 11

Rating: 9/10

I think this kit wasn’t age appropriate as it required constant adult help. It was well worth the wait of making the product though, as I am very pleased with the overall product. It is very therapeutic once you get into it. I would recommend using something to mark your starting point otherwise it is tricky to know when you need to go under or over 2 to continue the pattern of the weaving, and this is fiddlier in the middle. But I loved it!

 

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Suggested age range: 8+

lily2Lily, age 10

Rating: 10/10

I really enjoyed making this tower. I loved being able to paint it, too, and it looks really cool when it lights up. It was very interesting to do.

It is quite hard to push the bits into the holes, so I needed some help doing that bit. I also think you should put something on the feet of the tower so it doesn’t slip about.

This has been my favourite thing to make!

 

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Suggested age range: 8+

 

Martin, age 6

Rating: 5/10

My 6-year old was quite interested to give this a go (even though the suggested age range is 8+).  The instructions are a series of photos and once you get going it seems relatively straightforward, although time consuming to make. Patience helps. The picture that you decorate sits on a backed polystyrene board. We found it useful to tape the picture onto this to stop it moving, although this wasn’t in the instructions. You then effectively sew a silver thread through a series of holes around the neon tube so that the tube forms an outline around the picture. My 6-year old needed help getting started, but then completed it on his own. He enjoyed gluing the sparkles on and viewing the finished picture in the dark. Although, the button needs to be held down to keep the light on and it needs to be pressed quite hard. My son thought making the picture was “a bit” fun and it keep him busy. Care will need to be taken to preserve the pictures, and I don’t expect them to last particularly long.” 

 

Lily

Lily, age 10

Rating: 5/10

The instructions were unclear and only pictures. The tube was really difficult to bend, and even with tight stitching it just ripped the paper in parts. I was quite disappointed. I didn’t have the right batteries so I haven’t been able to see it light up. I found this more frustrating than enjoyable!

 

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Suggested age range: 8+

 

mia2

Mia, age 11

Rating: 10/10

I really enjoyed making this kit and completing all the experiments. It was a challenging yet fun product. My brothers both really enjoyed playing with it and completing experiments with me. I think that we will play with it all the time!

 

 

 

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Which of these Kids Kits would you most like to try? Let us know in the comments!

We’re always keen too see what you’ve been crafting, so be sure to tag us @HobbycraftHQ on Instagram, and @Hobbycraft on Twitter using the hashtag #KidsCraftClub. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for future crafty ambassadors!

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