Friday 15 August 2014

Baker Ross Crafts & Toys

A few weeks ago, you may have noticed a shiny new badge in the sidebar of the blog - I'm a Baker Ross Blogger!

C loves to draw and paint. I think he'd draw all day if he could so I always knew that I wanted to encourage his artistic side (I've bought him a whiteboard/blackboard easel for Christmas - shh!). When Baker Ross contacted us about becoming one of their bloggers, I jumped at the chance. I knew C would love it. I did think he might be a little small for some of the crafts as there isn't a lot for his age (23 months) but he seems to really be picking things up quickly recently.

Baker Ross sent C a little box of goodies which included:

I wanted to let C work away on his own as much as possible so naturally, he used the poster paint sticks with the A4 card first. 

The A4 card is really thick card which is great for a toddler as he tends to get a bit frustrated when the paper he's drawing on wrinkles. 

The solid poster paints are fab! Such a great idea. They have a more crayon than paint texture and they easily twist up when you child has used quite a lot of it. It doesn't rub off the card either. C is just learning his colours at the moment too so he's is enjoying telling me what colour each one is.  They don't give off a strong chemical scent. We did get some on our hands but they came off really easily with soap and water.

Next, we tried the mini plastic buckets and foam ladybird stickers. C had never used stickers before so I wasn't sure he'd know what to do with them or even if he'd freak out over having them stick to his fingers. 

He initially didn't know what to do. He tried to put a sticker inside the bucket but I just had to show him once how to stick it on (I obviously removed the label for him) and off he went like a pro, decorating them all. 

The buckets are made from sturdy plastic and C loved that he could place on and then remove the ladybird stickers to put them on a different bucket if he wanted to. 

Next was the 3D sailboat kits. I knew that this would be a bit tough for him but he tried it anyway. Each bit of the boat is made from foam (with the exception of the wooden stick for the sail). I did 'hand over hand' to try and get him to do it but he got a little frustrated that he couldn't do it himself. You need to thread the foam bits onto the stick then put the anchor and lifebuoy foam stickers on. C was happy enough to put these on for me. 

The stretchy dinosaurs are fab quality. C, however, wasn't really amused by them. It may have been because the texture is a little slimy. He did like to throw them as they bounced. Maybe when he is a bit bigger he will enjoy them more!

The ducks were a huge hit and also taught him how to say 'ducky'! He really took to them and even gave them hugs. He liked counting them as he placed them on the table too. They will be a new staple at bathtime! 

C has had so much fun with all of these arts & crafts goodies. They kept him entertained for a good few hours and the fact that they are all really good quality made me a happy mummy. We had no tears or tantrums over things breaking or ripping!

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(Disclaimer: We received these items free of charge in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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