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#CampWarnerBros Week #3 – We Bare Bears: The Movie & Gummy Bear Slime!

 

Welcome campers and camp directors to week #3 of #CampWarnerBros. I hope that your summer, and camp experience, has been going great thus far (and continues to stay that way).

Do you go camping? If you do, where do you camp? Do you like to camp in the middle of the woods/nature, or do you prefer camping grounds? Personally, I prefer camping grounds. I like having restrooms and showers. I can only “rough it” so far.

Do you send your child to summer camp? Do they go to a camp in the woods with cabins, or do they go to a day camp where they come home every evening? My kids went to town camp. I put them on the bus in the morning and the bus dropped them back off in the afternoon.

When it comes to camping, I think most people picture tents pitched in the woods. What comes to mind when you think woods? For me it’s woodland creatures like coyotes, rabbits and bears.

Speaking of bears, this weeks summer film is We Bare Bears: The Movie. It’s currently available on streaming services.

I have heard of the Cartoon Network show by the same name (We Bare Bears), but I have never watched it. I thought it was going to be crazy, like a lot of today’s cartoons are. I just watched the film and I must say that I enjoyed the characters. As a result, I am going to check out the cartoon series the next time I see it on television.

We Bare Bears: The Movie, stars the voice talents of Eric Edelstein (Grizz), Bobby Moynihan (Panda) and Demetri Martin (Ice Bear). Patton Oswalt, Jason Lee and Ellie Kemper also lend their voice talents to this film.

Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear are excited to be the first in line at a new Canadian poutine food truck opens up. Poutine is french fries with cheese curds topped with brown gravy.

On their way to the food truck, they wreak havoc around down such as ruining a wedding and accidentally taking someone’s pizza that needed to be delivered.

The residents are angry and want to file complaints with Officer Murphy, to go along with all the other complaints against them.

While they are at the food truck with Officer Murphy and the angry residents, a popular social media Koala named Nom Nom shows up. The bears are in awe of how much people admire him.

The bears get a great idea – create the ultimate viral video so that they can be just as popular as Nom Nom. Sadly, things didn’t work out like they had hoped, and they ended up causing the residents to dislike them even more.

At a meeting at the town hall, the residents let it known how much they dislike the bears. Officer Murphy is not sure what to do with them.

During the meeting a wildlife control officer, Agent Trout, shows up. He detains the bears and tells Officer Murphy and the residents that he plans on taking them to a wildlife preserve, far away from people.

Thankfully the bears are rescued and are able to flee into the woods, but not without Agent Tout hot on their trail.

The bears know that they need to find some place where Agent Tout can’t find them. That is when they get the great idea to flee to Canada, because in their eyes, Canadians love bears.

Getting to Canada is easier said than done. Agent Tout is hell bent on finding them and taking them away to the wildlife preserve (which isn’t the type of place you would imagine it would be – it’s a bad place that no bear would want to go to).

Will the bears be able to get to Canada before it’s too late? Will Agent Tout finally give up and leave them alone? To find out you need to rent/purchase We Bare Bears: The Movie.

This is a very cute movie. I think the characters (the bears, the woodland creatures, Officer Murphy…) are all very likable.

I have never seen the series before, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like the movie. Sometimes kiddie movies based on shows are either boring or painfully hard to watch. That was not the case with this movie. I enjoyed it from start to finish. There was never a dull moment. The film kept me entertainment the entire time.

It’s a short film at only an hour and nine minutes.

I like that there was a subliminal messages in this film, that is, fitting in, being excepted and that you shouldn’t try to be someone you aren’t just to “popular.”

This is a fun, family friendly film, perfect for summer nights.

If you would like to try a craft/project that is tied into the film, here is the recipe for slime made out of gummy bears.

I tried making this slime myself. I am not a fan of slime, but I do know how much kids love it.

My son pictured up some of the ingredients for me (sugar and gummy bears). I already had corn starch.

My son could only find sour gummy bears. I don’t know if that mattered or not. He also couldn’t find powdered sugar. I read that you can replace powdered sugar with confectioners sugar.

For the sake of this recipe turning out OK, use regular gummy bears and powdered sugar. My slime didn’t turn out right, and I followed the directions exactly. I even used more of the dry ingredients, but it didn’t help much.

My slime turned out more sticky than slimy. It was also messy, but that’s OK. Kids LOVE messy projects.

Next time I try making this I am going to use the exact ingredients, and maybe less gummy bears. I’ll start with half the bag and work my way up to more if I need it.

Make sure you do this craft/project with your kids. The gummy bears are hot and very sticky when you melt them in the microwave. The slime can also get all over the place if you are not careful. No one wants to be picking Gummy Bear Slime out of their carpets, that’s for sure.

You can also take advantage of Pinterest and find other bear themed crafts and projects you can do as a family. One idea I can think of it grab your favorite teddy bear and snuggle with it while you watch We Bare Bears: The Movie together. Or maybe have a teddy bear picnic in the living room while watching the movie. There are so many fun things you can do.

I hope that you’ll check out my site next week for week #3 of #CampWarnerBros, where I’ll have more fun ideas you can do with your camper this summer.

You can see what other Camp Warner Bros. Directors are doing by checking out the hashtag #CampWarnerBros on social media.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free digital download in order to do this review, as well as free goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Move over Perler Beads, make room for Aquabeads

 

PHOTO SOURCE: Aquabeads

I work with children in an after school program. They range in age from 9-12 years old (4th through 6th graders).

We do a lot in our program, from homework help to cooperative games. We also do a lot of arts and crafts. My “work kids” are especially interested in arts and crafts, even the boys.

We try and make seasonal and holiday crafts, as well as every day projects. Sometimes my “work kids” are content to do easier things, like color, paint or make things with the Perler Beads.

No offense to Perler Beads. I think they are cool and all, but I am tired of having to sweep up half the container off the floor. I am also not a fan of having to iron the finished creations.

Due to safety concerns, we don’t let the kids iron the Perler Beads, even if they do so at home.

Thank goodness for Aquabeads. Aquabeads are similar to Perler Beads, but instead of ironing the finished design,  you spray it with water.

Lets compare the two when it comes to children. Which is safer? A scolding hot iron, or simple tap water? I think we all know the answer to that.

Aquabeads are similar in size to Perler Beads, maybe a smidge bigger. Unlike Perler Beads, Aquabeads are shaped like tiny balls.

I was sent to review two different Aquabead sets;

  • Beginners Studio – This set contains more than 840 shining jewels and solids beads for plenty of options for creative play.
  • Deluxe Studio – This set gives you even more including more than 1,300 jewels & solid beads.

Check out this brief video about Aquabeads so that you can see for yourself how extremely easy these are to use to create things.

 

The Beginners Studio is a great set to start using Aquabeads. I’ve never used them before, so I like having something more simple to work with. Some of my “work kids” have used Aquabeads before, so the Deluxe Studio was a better option for them.

I appreciate that combining both sets we have plenty of beads and designs to choose from.

The Beginners Studio comes with over 840 beads in 16 different colors. The Deluxe Studio has a whopping 1,300 beads in 24 different colors.

You can actually stack both sets so they stay together. This is a handy feature when packing up at the end of the day. It makes clean up a lot easier.

Both sets come with trays that you work on, the beads, designs, tiny spray bottles for the water and “pens” to help you handle the beads. The pens make things A LOT easier compared to trying to use your fingers. You can use just your fingers if you want, but it won’t be as easy as using one of the Aquabead “pens.”

The pen that comes with the Deluxe Studio has a wheel on the end that allows you to collect and easily dispense a variety of colors. Personally I prefer the Deluxe Studio pen over the standard Beginners Studio pen. I like that you can collect all the colors you need so that you don’t have to stop creating to pick up more Aquabeads.

There is a considerable size difference between the two. The Deluxe Studio is bigger and has more room for storage. It also comes with two design boards instead of one.

Aquabeads Deluxe Kit

Each set comes with different templates, which is nice. You can mix and match each template with the different sets.

The templates are super cute. They feature a lot of animals (elephant, horse, turtle), cars, flowers, bugs and more.

What I like is that each design does not use a lot of the beads. With the Perler Beads you often have to use dozens of beads to complete a design. With the Aquabeads you don’t need that many. If you opt to create your own design and not use one of the templates, then the amount of Aquabeads you use would depend on the size of your design and how complex it is.

Using Aquabeads is simple. Simply slide your template into the appropriate spots on the word station. Next, using one of the Aquabead pens, add the beads to cover the template. You don’t have to use the same color beads that are on the template. You can get as creative and as colorful as you want.

Once you are done with the design, spray some water on it with the included spray bottle, or your own spray bottle.

Spraying the water is an “issue” with my work kids. Some want to soak the beads (making the place soaking wet) where as all you need is enough to coat the beads to “activate” whatever it is that makes them stick together. Just make sure to get all of the beads in the design wet with the water, otherwise you might have a bead or a few beads that don’t stick. Thankfully it’s an easy fix. Simply put the bead back where it belongs, spray it with water, and let it dry.

I love the FREE holiday and seasonal templates on the Aquabeads website.

Once your design has been sprayed with water, let it dry to completion before handing it. Both sets give you a special drying tray that frees up your work station so that you can keep on designing and not have to let drying pieces take up valuable space.

Once your design dries, you can handle it.

I’m not really sure what to do the designs. I want to try and attach jump rings to them to see if the kids can make key chains with them, or maybe charms for necklaces. In the mean time, my “work kids” are content to just keep making and collecting them.

This is not that hard to use. Once you get used to using the pen (do it slow and steady), the rest is a piece of cake. If you do it too quickly, beads will come out and roll around your tray. If that happens, simply move the bead to where it belongs using your finger.

Aquabeads are available at many retail locations, including Amazon. There are different sets and refills available, including Frozen, Toy Story, Disney Princesses and more. There are also free templates on their website.

For more information about Aquabeads, visit AquabeadsArt.com. The brand is also on Facebook and Instagram. Those lines are found at the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

How to Make a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater on a Budget

 

The holidays can put a strain on anyone.  With last-minute holiday shopping waiting in the wings and being embarrassed because you went way overboard when you went out for some Black Friday shopping post-Turkey, it’s perfectly natural if you don’t want to spend another $50-$75 dollars just so you can have an extra special ugly Christmas sweater this holiday season.   While dressing to impress can be important when it comes to turning everyone’s heads when you show up to your upcoming ugly Christmas sweater party, or after-hours work holiday meet-up, or family gathering, if you’re the type that would rather express their inner creativity than throw money at your holiday fashion, you’ve come to the right blog.

Creating something ugly for the holidays can indeed be a daunting task, but if you use the following tips when it comes to making your own ugly Christmas  sweater, then rest assured, you should be able to “out ugly” any of these big box and internet companies who are really killing it with their amazing ugly Christmas sweater that they’ve got for sale on the internet and in such stores like Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s.

Follow these tips below when you’re ready to start on your own DIY ugly Christmas sweater and you’ll be sure to not be left out in the holiday cold this year when it comes to dazzling your friends, family, co-workers, with an amazing ugly holiday sweater when being ugly makes you the most beautiful person in the room.

Step #1:  You need a sweater.

Check your closest, check the attic, check the basement for a comfortable, old sweater that you won’t mind-altering for your ugly holiday outfit.   It’s always best to use the most comfortable sweater you’ve got, but one that you’re comfortable with destroying, in a manner of speaking.  Maybe, it’s one that you wear when you’re cleaning, maybe it’s that old sweater you wear when you have to go outside and work in the garden in the Spring, or maybe, it’s that old sweater that once belonged to your husband, but now its yours because when you wore it to paint some of the rooms in your house, you accidentally spilled Emerald Green on it.   Don’t even worry about it, if it has an old, jagged sports team logo across the front.  If it does, use your imagination to integrate that design into the total ugly scheme of the whole project, you might even find yourself viral on social media when you post photos.

If you don’t have a sweater that you’re willing to get rid of, to destroy, to alter for the sake of ugly Christmas spirit, then the best place for you to get one, for pennies more or less, is your local thrift store.  What’s great about going to your local Goodwill is that when you walk into the store you can’t help but notice how they’ve taken the extraordinary steps to color-code every single piece of clothing (men’s and women’s) that they have for sale.  At the Goodwill you can start letting your imagination run crazy; after all, the sweater is your canvas.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a green sweater, yellow, red, orange, pink!  It’s a canvas, and the first thing that you realize when you start on your ugly Christmas sweater design journey is that certain colors while being almost violent to the eye, can be perfect fodder for your DIY ugly Christmas sweater creation.  Think: pink and brown, for example.   Certain colors do drive the mind crazy.   Have you ever seen the 1980 horror movie, The Shining?   The one with Jack Nicholson.   Do you remember that creepy carpet in the hotel that the movie is set?  Well, think about the colors.   Certain colors are unsettling, indeed.

An example of an ugly Christmas sweater. PHOTO SOURCE: UglyChristmasSweater.com.

Step 2:  Will you be featuring a design on the sweater?

The ugly Christmas sweater has been around for a very long time.   For anyone born before 1985, you might recall how your mom or your aunt or your grandma, someone that you didn’t see very often, except around the holiday season when you were kid, might often knit you a scarf or a sweater.   Boy, they were ugly, weren’t they?  When you’ve found your sweater, think about those good old days when you’re coming up with your design.  One word: felt.  Remember when you could go to Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics and get those super hideous patterns, graphics that you could sew into things?  You could get a super tacky cartoon-ish image of a reindeer or something and sew it into a holiday blanket?  For the person that wants to be super ambitious with their DIY ugly Christmas sweater using a pattern can make the project extra fun; but if your someone that’s going for the so-ugly-it-hurts look, then you might want to stick to sharp, contrasting colors with 3-D effects added for good measure.

So once you have your sweater, and your mind made up as to whether or not you’ll be integrating a pattern or sticking with ugly colors, then it’s time to expand on your concept.   And there are so many ways to do that.

Lights you can purchase from UglyChristmasSweaters.com to decorate your ugly Christmas sweater.

Of course:  Never forget about Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics.    Also, don’t be afraid to go to Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, or your local Family Dollar for penny-deals on Christmas ornaments, tinsel, wrapping part and other ephemera that you can sew onto your sweater.   Get some gaudy fabric and sew it or glue it onto the sweater.  Don’t be afraid to add text.  Don’t be afraid to make it 3-D.   If you’re someone that had to go to the thrift store to get your sweater, then hopefully, you also scoped out any second-hand Christmas ornaments that they might’ve had for sale as well.  The thrift store is a great place to find used, ugly, old tinsel, and forgotten Christmas decor that you can add on to your sweater via glue, etc.   Some of the best ugly Christmas sweaters are so over the top that they’re not only unforgettable but they also leave a person who sees them thinking: how on earth did they think of that?   Don’t limit your mind when it comes to your design. Go crazy.  If your better fashion sense, that you shouldn’t do something: do it anyway.  Don’t be afraid to wrap tinsel around the sweater.  Don’t be afraid to make your design funny, raunchy, innuendo-based.  The whole point of the Ugly Christmas sweater phenomenon is the spirit of Christmas itself; and what better time is there in the year to let your freak flag fly or your sense of humor, regardless of how appropriate or inappropriate it may be.

Too Many Ideas?  Start Here: Get a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater Starter Kit.

If you’ve got so many good ideas that you’re not sure where to start or how to start, sometimes it can be best if you just start small to see what you like, what works and doesn’t work for what you’ve got in your mind.  And the best way to do that is to just get an Ugly Christmas Sweater Design Kit like the ones available at UglyChristmasSweater.com.   Using a Design Kit is a good way to start on your journey to an ugly Christmas sweater design freedom.  Use the materials that come in the kit to start customizing your ugly holiday sweater and once you’ve used up the kit, stand back, and take a look at the sweater.  Put it on!   Look in the mirror!  Is it ugly enough, or should you continue building on top of what you’ve already done?

Remember, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating an ugly Christmas sweater.   There’s no such thing as too ugly when it comes to joining in the fun.

Cute, interactive Christmas sweater from UglyChristmasSweater.com

About the Author: 

This is a guest post co-written by Justin Michaels from UglyChristmasSweater.com.  He loves riding mountain bikes, listening to music, and reading.  His favorite pajamas are ugly ones and you can get yourself a pair here: https://www.uglychristmassweater.com/product-category/christmas-pajama-jumpsuits/

Preserve your Easter memories for years to come with Eggnots

 

Our son when he was little collecting Easter eggs during an egg hunt.

In a previous post I wrote about how much my family and I enjoy coloring Easter eggs each year. Even as young adults, it’s something my kids still enjoy doing.

Some of our favorite family memories are those we made when we colored Easter eggs. From coloring “failures” (that turned out to be funny memories) to spilling egg coloring all over the carpet (we never could get it out of the carpet).

Sometimes our fond memories are those of the finished eggs. Over the years we’ve had some gorgeous looking eggs, and some pretty funny “fails.”

It’s sad that you can’t hold on to some of those colored eggs. After all, they are real eggs and won’t keep long. In our home, hard boiled eggs get gobbled up quickly too.

Actually… there is a way to preserve some of your best colored eggs, and use them year after year as holiday decorations. Their called Eggnots.

Eggnots are an Easter egg alternative. Not only can you enjoy your creations year after year, it’s also a great way for those with an egg allergy to enjoy coloring eggs without fear of having an allergic reaction.

You can even use them for Easter (or non-Easter) crafts.

Eggnots are high quality ceramic “eggs” that can be colored, dyed and/or painted, just like a real egg.

Eggnots are the same size and shape of real eggs too.

I did a review for Eggnots last year. You can read that review, and see how I colored Eggnots with shaving cream and food coloring here – Create Long Lasting Memories with Eggnots.

Eggnots look like real eggs. They even come in an egg carton.

I still have those Eggnot eggs that I made last year. I am currently using them as a decoration on our dining room table.

This year I took some Eggnots to work with me to let my “work kids” have fun with them and to see what they came up with.

The kids loved having eggs they could decorate and keep “forever.” Knowing they could keep them long past Easter, some of the kids went to great lengths to make them look “perfect.” They even went so far as to glue on gems and other embellishments.

I had to fuzz out my “work child’s” face for obvious reasons.

I made “stands” for the Eggnot eggs out of a cut up paper towel roll.

Many of the kids used their Eggnots with the Eggmazing Egg Decorator that I also brought in for them. You can read that post HERE.

Here are some of the eggs that kids forgot to take home with them. I wish I had taken more pictures of the eggs because some of them turned out so beautiful.

All of the eggs pictures above are Eggnot eggs.

These are not indestructible. These are ceramic. They are pretty hardy, but they can break. We found that out the hard way when one of the girls dropped her Eggnot egg on the hard cafeteria floor. It broke in half (thankfully it didn’t shatter). Luckily I had an extra one left over so she was able to make one.

I wish I had more photos I could share. I went through all of the ones I took, but they feature the faces of my “work kids.” I am not allowed to show their faces, and it was hard to crop them all out since there were about a dozen kids working on the eggs.

You can see more examples on my post (linked above).

These are the Eggnots I made last year using shaving cream. I love how they turned out.

Eggnots are available on the brand’s website, Eggnots.com. They start off at $10.95 for a six-pack of Eggnots. They have bulk packages for schools, churches and groups too. They even have accessories for your Eggnots including decorative pieces you can glue on to your creation and hang it.

Why stop at Easter eggs? Eggnot can be turned into Christmas ornaments and other decorative pieces too. You can paint them, color them with markers, glue embellishments on them and more.

If you are interested in learning more about Eggnots, visit their official website (linked above). You can also check out the brand on social media. Those links are found on the top right of the brand’s website.

What do you think about Eggnots? Would you love to try decorating with them this Easter? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Take Easter egg decorating to a new level with Eggmazing Egg Decorator

 

Do you and your family color eggs for Easter? My family does, even though our kids are not little anymore. Our kids are 19 and almost 22 (sigh…) but they both still enjoy coloring eggs.

Last year only my husband and I colored eggs (our kids were too busy with school, work and significant others).

Growing up we always used food coloring in a cup. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but these days there are so many other types of egg coloring kits, from tie-dye to sparkly and just about everything in between.

I’ve even tried a few other ways of coloring eggs including using shaving cream and markers on plastic bags (it gives the eggs a water-color look).

This year I tried a new product to color eggs. Actually, I brought it to work with me and let my “work kids” try it out for me. It’s called the Eggmazing Egg Decorator.

The Eggmazing Egg Decorator is an egg shaped “box” with an opening in the middle.

To use the Eggmazing Egg Decorator you first need to insert batteries. I can’t remember what type of batteries it took. I actually left the machines at work. Currently I am filling in as a site director at a different school, so I don’t have access to them to check out what batteries it took. I believe they take AA batteries.

Once you have the batteries in, you’ll need a hard boiled egg. Insert the egg into the opening in the center of the box, then turn on the switch found on the side of the box.

The Eggmazing Egg Decorator spins the egg, giving you the opportunity to create colorful stripes (or squiggly designs) on your eggs.

The Eggmazing Egg Decorator comes with a nice assortment of colorful markers. You can also use your own markers.

This brief video shows you the Eggmazing Egg Decorator in action.

 

It really is that easy. And the results are amazing – or should I say “Eggmazing!”

Here are some of my “work kids” having fun with the Eggmazing Egg Decorator. Please note that I had to “fuzz” out their faces for obvious reasons.

I was sent two units to review – thankfully. I have 18 “work kids” and they were all anxious to give it a try. If I had only one I’m sure there would have been a lot of arguing. Ha Ha.

You can make the colorful bands as thick or thin as you like, or make some thick AND thin. It’s totally up to you.

I took a photo of some of them (I used a cut up cardboard roll for a base). I wish I had taken more pictures of the finished product. Some of them really turned out beautiful.

A few of my “work kids” have very steady hands and made the most beautiful, colorful stripes on their eggs. These were some of the eggs left behind (the kids forgot to take them home that day). There were a few that I saw that I was very impressed with.

Children young and old can use and enjoy the Eggmazing Egg Decorator – including us “big kids.” It’s super easy to do.

The Eggmazing Egg Decorator sells for $24.95 and is available at Eggmazing.com. There are also decorating tips found on the website.

FYI… the Eggmazing Egg Decorator was first seen on Shark Tank. I love that show.

If you are interested in learning more about the Eggmazing Egg Decorator, visit the link above. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the top left of the website.

What do you think about the fun Eggmazing Egg Decorator? Does it look like something you, or your family, might enjoy?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Just in time for the holidays – Mattel & YouTuber LaurDIY’s new craft kits

 

 

Do you have a child or grandchild who is totally into doing crafts?

When I was a young girl I loved to do crafts. So much so that I had my own sewing box and craft supplies so I can create things whenever I wanted to.

My favorite thing to create was clothing, furniture and home decor for my Barbie dolls. I’d make dresses out of old socks, beds out tissue boxes, and seating out of empty thread spools. In addition I used to love to make things out of clay (especially holiday decorations) and paint. I painted a lovely landscape on canvas that we used to block the opening in the fireplace to keep the draft out (so it ended up serving a dual purpose).

As I got older I got into other crafts like soap and candle making, jewelry making and I even dabbled a bit in trying to make my old molds. I also painted a mural in the dining room, which we have since painted over.

I loved working with the younger kids at work. It was much easier to get them to do craft project then the middle schoolers I work with now. They are not overly keen on doing crafts. I wish they were. There are so many fun craft projects I’d love to make with them.

If you have a child or grandchild that is into crafts, and you are looking for fun gifts to give them this holiday season, you should check out the new craft kits from YouTuber LaurDIY.

Mattel has partnered with YouTube entertainer and social media influencer Lauren Riihimaki to launch a line of LaurDIY craft kits featuring fun and whimsical room decor crafts, similar to the DIY crafts on her channel. The kits will arrive at mass retail in early October, in time for holiday gift giving.

As of today, LaurDIY has more than 18 million+ followers across all social media channels and is known for her creative and cute craft and room décor tutorials and videos. The new LaurDIY kits by Mattel let users create the perfect finishing touches to any room and reflect LaurDIY’s love of all things fun and fabulous.

“By partnering with this online superstar, we bring her millions of fans another way to connect with the LaurDIY brand, as well as expand her influence to even greater audiences,” said Misha Algeo, Global Brand Marketing, Mattel.

“I want to help my fans and followers embrace their creativity,” says LaurDIY. “With these fun new craft kits, I am excited to bring my audience even more options to get creative. I am thrilled to partner with Mattel to make these exciting craft kits a reality!”

There are currently a few kits available. I am sure that more kits will be added to the product line down the road.

Current kits include;

Balloon Unicorn Kit – to create a balloon-shaped plush unicorn with a gold horn and colorful and sparkly embellishments.

 

 

Illuminating Lamp Kit –to construct and paint a 3D nightlight for your room that changes colors.

Marble Desk Décor Kit – to create a marbleized desk calendar and stationery set

Mini Plushie Kit – to make cute mini sweet treat plushies with pre-cut felt pieces.

Letter Board Kit – to decorate and personalize the stylish board included and use it to write fun messages on.

These items are available for purchase in the US exclusively at participating Target stores with prices ranging from MSRP US $14.99 to $19.99 and will be available at multiple retailers in Canada, including participating Walmart Canada locations.

The kits come with just about everything you need to create something. You will need some common household things like a ruler and scissors.

These would make a great gift for a child that loves to be creative and doing crafty things.

I love that these projects are something that can utilized and displayed to show off the finished product. So often crafts end up in the garbage or in storage, never to be seen again. With these projects, your child can proudly display them in their bedroom and show them off to family and friends.

I was sent three kits to review. Sadly, I cannot find the photos I took. They were on my phone and I thought I had transferred them to my computer, but I can’t find them and I have since deleted them from my phone. Ugh!

I was sent to review the Mini Plushie Kit, Lamp Kit and the Balloon Unicorn kit.

Of the three I did make the plushies. It came with everything you needed, as well as pre-cut fabric shapes.

There are directions, but it’s pretty easy to guess at what you should do.

Again, I wish I had the photos to show you.

Overall I thought the kit was easy enough. I do think it’s geared more towards younger kids (Kindergarten or lower elementary), those that cannot follow patterns, cut out fabric and/or sew. I think they could have included the option of having the templates so you could make more plushies using your own fabric. This would make the product good for middle schoolers (upper elementary) because they can follow patterns, cut out fabric and/or sew.

There is no sewing involved in this kit. You are given glue to put the pieces together. That is easy enough to do.

I did open the box up for the Balloon Unicorn. It looked a bit more involved because you have to measure and cut string to size, and the body is very long and I’m not sure how well the included wooden dowel is going to get through the tube (body of the unicorn) in order to stuff it. For those reasons I put everything back in the box to attempt at another time.

Overall I think the kits would make for an easy “rainy day” project, or something simple for a child to do who enjoys doing crafts.

If you like to learn more about LaurDIY, visit LaurDIY.com. There you can find where to purchase the kits, videos “how to’s” with the kits, social media and more.

Do you have a child that loves to craft? What do you think about these kits?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.