Christmas has become very commercial and if you have kids it can get very expensive; then after half an hour they are bored with it all. There is a solution; get Christmas presents which require input - kids craft kits are perfect to keep them occupied for longer!
If you want to guarantee that a present will be a success then you really do need to choose carefully. There are several areas which need to be considered.
1. The target age. Once your kids are over three you can pretty much ignore the target age on some toys - however, this does not apply to craft kits. The age will define the expected level of fine motor skills required for the projects included. It will also define the tools required; such as craft knives and scissors.
2. The number of projects included. It is always worth getting a craft kits which has several projects. This means that if one is damaged there is always others to work on. It also means that if there are cousins or friends over during the Christmas season, there will be enough to keep more than one child occupied.
3. What is involved in the project? This may sound bizarre, but there are some kids craft kits which require placing moulds into the cooker to help them set - as all parents are aware there is more than one thing in demand at Christmas than a mother - it is the cooker! Equally anything which has smelly chemicals is not a good idea for a winter activity.
All in the kids craft kits are a great present, but there are always pitfalls. Be extra cautious with bargains as you may find that they are old stock and that the paint has dried out, the playdo is hard and the glue is incapable of holding anything together.
If you are going to invest in crafts this Christmas then make sure that you take a little time to think about them, this will ensure that you get the correct ones and that they are a success.
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