Sunday, August 26, 2012

Creativity for Kids giveaway

When we were at the beach two weeks ago, we stayed, as we always do, in a hotel suite. The setup suits our young rambunctious family. We can prepare most of our meals in the kitchen, the kids have room to roam, and at the end of the day, they can go to sleep in one space and we can stay up in another. Booking that suite is one of the tricks that works best for us when we travel.

 Another is to bring projects with us. We had a couple hours of rain during our beach vacation, as we always seem to have, and the kids immediately go bonkers when they can see the beach and pool from our balcony but not go play in them. Luckily, this year, just before our trip I received a couple of Creativity for Kids craft kits to review, and I brought them with us to Ocean City.

On Tuesday's rain hour, we played with Feather Fashions:

It was a whole hair accessories kit. We made headbands and feather hair extensions and fancy ponytail holders and barrettes.


And on Wednesday's rain hour we played with Deluxe Glitter Art. Pro tip: when you do glitter projects in a hotel room anywhere, don't forget to lay down some newspaper.

Pro tip #2: when you forget to lay down the newspaper, be grateful that your toddler son is on vacation with you in addition to your crafting daughters. His baby wipes pick up glitter nicely, and since he's napping, he won't object at all.

We sometimes craft semi-nude. Well, not me. But some of my relations. I'm not naming names.

Each kit kept my two girls busy together for over an hour (with parental assistance). My girls are only 4 and 6 so some of that feather wrapping required some patience delicacy and dexterity, but in fairness the box says ages 7 and up. Regardless, these boxes rescued the brief weather-imperfect hours of our vacation. So we thought they were perfect.

In an ideal world, I'd love to set my kids before open-ended art inspiration all the time. Here's some blank paper and watercolors, that sort of thing. And we often do that kind of art together. But there are two reasons why I also love craft kits: 1) kids build confidence following examples; and 2) they're so convenient. They had everything inside that we needed and my girls were happy, not complaining at all about being stuck inside during the rain.

So! Ready to get your craft on? I have two kits to give away to one of you. You'll receive the same Deluxe Glitter Art set that we enjoyed as well as the Beach Buddies Shell Crafts kit. Thematic- I love it!

Want them? My oldest is starting first grade tomorrow. Leave me a comment about your creative traditions to celebrate the beginning of the school year. I'll let the random generator thingie pick a winner before I go to bed next Sunday. Sound good? Go!

The disclosure-y stuff: these two craft kits were sent to me by Mom Select Media as part of their Creativity for Kids campaign, and if you're my winner, they'll send them to you, too. Thanks, MSM and CfK- my daughters think you rock.