Customising with Gel-a-peel #review

I love a good craft project, especially when its one that combines summer and neon pens.

I had never heard of Gel-a-peel before, maybe because my boys are more into football or climbing trees. But when we was contacted and asked to join in on the gel-a-peel summer campaign I couldn’t wait to introduce it to my boys. The box itself doesn’t really appeal to my boys as it was a little girly but once I showed them what the pens could do they were showing signs of interest.

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We was sent a gel-a-peel box which contains 3 glow in the dark pens and a pair of sunglasses for the boys to decorate and customise to their own taste.

What’s in the box:

  • 3 glow in the dark gel tubes
  • 16+ design templates
  • Gel tray with shapes and letters
  • 4 designed tips
  • 1 plastic sheet
  • Instruction sheet
  • Cleaning tools

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The pens are easy to use. They come in 30g tubes and made from silicone. You can create any fashion accessory in 4 easy steps

  1. Choose a template or create your own
  2. Pick a colour gel pen and a tip
  3. Place the plastic sheet over the chosen template and trace over it. Use some tape to secure it to the table (your drawing sheet may slip otherwise) Once finished leave it to dry. Each template tells you how long it takes for it to dry
  4. Once dry, peel it off and now your ready to wear/use it

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We found that when you are tracing over the template onto the plastic sheet you need to make sure that the lines are nice and thick, be generous with the pen but try to keep it even. Overlap the lines and reinforce thin spots. Our bangle, in the shape of a cherry snapped when we was putting it on, but the magic of these pens is that they can easily be fixed. Just apply more gel to the break and wait for it to dry.

The boys made me a lovely bracelet following the instructions. They also used the tray to make some letters and using the gel pens they attached them to the bracelet

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Cute isn’t it!

These pens are such a brilliant idea, fun and easy to use.

My son couldn’t wait to decorate his sunglasses with the pens.

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He chose the fine tip to decorate around the frames and a the star tip to leave little stars on the arms.

 

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The tips included are round tip, rake tip and star tip. Remove the cap and plug from a gel tube, then twist on your chosen tip. The longer you squeeze the bigger the shape will be. These tips help you create different effects.

Once you have finished with a pen and tip just place the lid back on the pen and clean out the tip with the tool provided. I found that the next day, once the gel had set and dried I could easily pull it out of the tip ready to use again with another pen.

The Tray is easy to use, not only does it have the alphabet in capital letters but also, numbers, 4 emojis and 5 different shapes. You use the round tip to completely fill in the shapes and then use the cleaning tool to remove out any bubbles in the gel. Then use the squeegee tool to remove any excess gel from the tray. Once your chosen shapes are filled in leave them to dry, loosen them with the cleaning tool and just peel them out ready to use on your designs.

He chose to use some of the shapes to decorate his sunglasses

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We left our sunglasses over night to completely dry out before we wore them.

My son was really pleased with his glasses, it makes them extra special as they are his own design. He couldn’t wait to try them out in the sun.

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They have been packed and ready to use on holiday. His very own customised pair of sunglasses, an original that he knows that no one else with have. This pack of pens are glow in the dark so will be ideal for customising any accessory ready for the summer festivals

The pens are a really good idea for any child to get creative, they are advised for children over the age of 8.

My only complaint about them is that the advertising is aimed at girls and really boys will enjoy this activity just as much. As you can see from my son’s face in the above pictures, he enjoyed the activity and the outcome of his design.

Gel-a-peel is available to buy from £14.99

We was sent a box for the purpose of this review

Pointillism Art For Children

My boys enjoy arts and crafts but are not exactly talented in the subject- but that doesn’t mean they do not attempt to draw or make things.

Art is all about expressing your self, being as creative as you want and to enjoy yourself.

The boys came home with a letter from school a few weeks back, inviting them to participate in an art competition – called take one picture

The oldest boy was very excited about it and straight from the start knew what he wanted to do, the youngest one wasn’t very confident and said that he couldn’t draw or paint and was useless at art. This upset me, children are not useless at anything they just need encouragement and assistance in finding the right medium for them to use.

The task was to create a picture using ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ by Georges Seurat’ as inspiration.

They boys tried painting a water-colour picture but they was not very happy with the outcome. So I pointed out that if they wanted to do pointillism then using an ear bud might work.

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.

They experimented on a scrap piece of work first and then they were ready for the final picture.

Dipping their ear bud into the paint and then dabbing it onto the paper to create a series of dots that made up an image

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First, they did the outline of the shapes that they wanted in the picture

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Then, they filled it in

Dabbing away with the ear bud – creating little dots

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I think it is really effective

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I am loving the eldest boys final picture.

He has said that he doesn’t really mind if he doesn’t win because he is very happy with the final result and would like to display it in his bedroom later on.

This type of art medium can be used for any pictures, and for any ability

 

 

Recycle your Moshlings into a Moshi Monster picture frame

Do you have lots of little moshlings scattered all over your bedroom floor?

Do you have lots of doubles of moshlings?

Why not make a  moshling picture frame with them!

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My son has lots of moshlings and normally keeps them in a little treasure box, but he found that he has lots of doubles from buying the blind bags and wanted to do something with the doubles so that he could keep them. His school gave him a recycling project for the Easter Holidays and he wanted to so something a little different. He decided on doing a Moshling picture frame.

You will need:

  • A picture frame with a wide frame
  • A tube of no-nails
  • A gaulk gun
  • Moslings

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Instructions:

  • Decide which moshlings to use on the picture frame
  • Insert the no-nails tube into the gaulk gun
  • Squeeze the lever until the glue comes out of the gun
  • Cover the wide frame completely with the glue
  • Place your moshlings in place, wherever you want them – My boy really enjoyed this part as he really thought about where he wanted to place the moshlings
  • Once covered, place to one side to allow the glue to set
  • You can add a little glitter to the glue
  • Once dry you could spray the whole frame one colour and add a little gold glitter dust. My boy wanted his to show the colours of the moshlings.

You now have a colourful moshling frame to place on the side board

My boy filled his frame with a picture of cherry bomb that he drew himself

Very happy with his creation
Very happy with his creation

These frames are ideal things to make with any odd toys laying around the house, we made one last year with lego

Hope you enjoyed this crafty post 🙂

Imaginative Play 35/365

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A child’s imagination can take them wherever they want to go; off in a rocket up into space, deep down in the ocean in a submarine, up high in the trees with the monkeys, across the sand dunes on a camel or travelling across the wide ocean in a pirates boat.

A child’s imagination is creative and fun.

A child’s imagination is wild and adventurous

I love how you can give a child a cardboard box and they can play with it for hours, nothing else, just a box, an empty box!

My youngest has been a pirate today, sailing across the choppy ocean in search of some treasure.

He made his boat from a pop open book, a model v8 engine. The sea was a blue furry blanket and his seat was a plastic tub.

 

Our Big Night In

Hey! PSST!

Come a little closer i have something to say!

Did you know that staying in is the new going out! Yes, you heard right! That’s what i said, there is no need to spend a fortune on a night out with the family anymore as staying in is the new craze.

We was recently challenged by Moneysupermarket to get creative and have the ultimate night in! ‘Big Night In’ is all about having a great night in without blowing the bank. We was given £50 to spend on whatever we wanted as long as it was indoors at home. Now, we spend most of our nights indoors but on the odd occasion we do have the odd night out, I personally prefer to stay in as i get to be with the family and we can all enjoy ourselves together.

Last week was my birthday and we spent two nights in a row out celebrating with the family going to restaurants so when it was Saturday night and after a hard day working in the garden i decided to treat us all with a home made chinese meal along with a bit of family entertainment. Our house is upside down at the moment with a living room full of boxes which are full of wood for the playarea that we are building for the children in the garden, so our big night in was slightly squashed in the living room but it didn’t stop us from enjoying each others company and having fun. Going out can cost so much money, especially for us a family of five, the price of food and drink in restaurants don’t come cheap and don’t forget the time it takes for us to get ready prior to going out. The boys pretty much behave themselves when eating out but Oliver gets a bit restless and doesn’t like to sit still for longer than 10 minutes and spends the whole time trying to climb out of his high chair, this behaviour can be very stressful so staying in ensures that Oliver is comfortable in his own surroundings which means we all can enjoy ourselves.

What was on the menu:

  • Chicken Satay – £5.50 – made 10
  • Crispy Pancake Duck with Hoisin sauce – £13.00 – made 20 pancakes
  • Strawberries and Cream – £3.00
  • Cream Soda made from the Soda Stream (for the children) – £3.00
  • White Chardonnay Wine (for the adults) – £6.99

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Making Chinese food is so easy and quick and not forgetting very tasty, the boys love to make their own pancake rolls putting in the ingredients themselves. We recently got a new gadget for the kitchen, a sodastream, Jak likes to make his own fizzy drinks and he decided he wanted to try cream soda for our special night.

Entertainment:

  • Treasure Map game (made up by the boys)
  • Zoo Am I Game – £3.00
  • Call The Midwife Christmas Special DVD – £8.99

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The Zoo Am I game is brilliant and we had loads of laughs trying to guess what was on our heads and it is a great game for the children to play on their own without adult supervision. Whilst cooking the dinner, Joseph set up a treasure hunt game where he left clues laying around the house for me and his brother to follow and find the treasure chest which he had filled with Moshi Monster Moshlings. After we had eaten our dinner we all sat down with a bowl full of popcorn and watched Call The Midwife Christmas Special DVD (which Jak appears in)

I’m not sure our night in could have been any better, we had fun, we had good food, we was in good company, we was relaxed and we made new good memories.

How would you spend £50 on a night in?

 

MunchTime Children’s Story Writing Campaign 2013

Having children makes us more creative!

New research reveals 50% of parents in the UK feel that creativity for both themselves and children has improved as a result of having a young family.  Yet more than 8 out of 10 of parents in the UK admit to struggling to entertain their children. Over 70% either run out of ideas, say they are too tired or too stressed. Almost a quarter (23%) admit they can find it boring being creative with their children.

However the ‘Munch Time Creative Awakening Survey’ – commissioned by yogurt brand Munch Bunch® – has uncovered a creative outlet that benefits both parent and child.  According to the survey, more than a quarter of parents harbour ambitions to write a children’s story and the annual Munch Time Story Writing Competition, live from 22nd February, is a window to put pen to paper and maybe even kick start a new career!

Inspired by the successes of writers such as J.K Rowling and Julia Donaldson, the survey found that the number one creative career choice aimed at children, among parents, is being a children’s author:

1. Children’s author (31% of Mums, 25% Dads)

2. Children’s fashion designer (26% of Mums, 18% of Dads)

3. Children’s entertainer (16% of Mums, 23% of Dads)

4. Children’s artist (18% of Mums and Dads)

5. Children’s TV/film scriptwriter (16% of Mums and Dads)

Actress and mum-of-two Tamzin Outhwaite is supporting the Munch Time campaign and encouraging anyone with a tale to tell to put pen to paper and create their own children’s story, inspired by Munch the cow. She said:

Making up stories for your children is a lovely bonding activity for parents and children alike. My eldest daughter Florence likes nothing better than starring in her own special story and we often share stories as a family in our household – we especially like singing them too!”

In its fifth year the annual Munch Time children’s story writing competition is supported by the National Literacy Association.  Comments the charity’s Chair and Munch Time judge Ray Barker:

We want parents to help foster a love of stories with their children as early as possible. It’s been proved time and time again that children who are introduced to the joy of sharing books and stories at an early age will be at an advantage when they start school. Making reading fun is so important too and the great thing with Munch Time is that parents can either enter the competition or simply use it to gather great stories to read with and entertain their young children.”

According to Andrew Watson, parenting expert, author of ‘Teach Yourself: Be A Great Dad’ and father of two, creativity is one of the most valuable skills parents can impart to their children and dads can play a key role. He explains: “Anyone can work hard; what sets apart the truly successful is their level of creativity.”

Andrew, who is on the Munch Time story writing judging panel, added:

Sitting down with your child and creating a unique story just for them offers enormous benefits to both parent and child. It’s a great way to explore children’s feelings, expectations and concerns. Stories offer nothing less than a rehearsal for life.”

For further information on entering the Munch Time story writing competition visit: www.munchtime.co.uk.  Munch Time Ireland also launches at the same time: www.munchtimeIreland.ie

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Crayon Cakes / crafts

Do you have spare crayons in drawers all over the house?
Don’t throw them away, why not melt them and make a crayon cake!

Ok! Lets get one thing straight these are not the yummy scrummy type of cakes that we all like to indulge in every now and then, they are not the type that needs icing with sprinkles on top and they are not the ones that have lots of flavour and smell divine. No, they are what the titles says Crayons that are baked in the oven in cake cases.

I got this idea from someone in school and thought how great it was, I couldn’t wait to try it out with the boys. I must say they was slightly disappointed when the discovered there wouldn’t be any bowls to lick but they really enjoyed the activity and now they have some fun mixed coloured crayons to colour in with.

1. Gather together all of your odd bits of crayons and break them into tiny pieces, removing any paper if there is any. The children like to choose the colours that they want to use, I broke them up and the boys placed the pieces into the cases. Fill the cake case about 2/3 up.

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2. Once you have filled the cases place them into the oven, 160* for about 8-10, keep an eye on them and once the crayon starts to melt you will see them begin to bubble and mix in together. Don’t keep them in the oven for too long as they can burn and they do give off a lot of steam so best go keep your windows open.

3. Take them out and place on a cooling rack. They should cool down in about 10 minutes.

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Explain to the children about how they started off being a solid and lots of tiny pieces and how the heat of the oven melted them together making one round crayon.

You could talk about all the colours and patterns that have been made by melting them together.

Now all that is left to do is to get creative and do some colouring in with them. If you turn them around as you draw/write all of the colours will show up.
Oliver had lots of fun colouring away and they are just the right size for his little hands.

Why not give it a go and don’t forget to drop back by my blog and leave a comment to let me know how you got on with it.

Thank you for reading 🙂