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Once the little ones enter toddlerhood, they start to have an interest in doing ‘work’ like their older siblings. What has amazed me is that skills my eldest had no interest in doing (e.g. cutting with scissors) as a toddler or preschooler could be just the skills another child wants to do and might even master at a much earlier age. With that in mind, we joined others reviewing this product through MamaBuzz.
1-2-3! Textured Products sells cute craft kits that allow children to decorate a cardstock cutout with materials covering a variety of textures. Aside from being cute, these products can be deemed educational while engaging the children’s creativity. I’ve heard that research on developmental milestones exists to support the use of textures with young children,too.
The one we selected to test was from their forest animal line. It was a toss up to do either the bear or moose. In the end, the bear won.
Inside the kit is the cut-out shape of a bear and three individual wrapped packets of different textured items. All we needed to add was a little glue to complete the project.
J wasn’t sure what to make of this when we started.
But it did take long for him to LOVE the glue stick…
And, he enjoyed ‘placing’ the textured pieces onto the cardstock. He just needed a little help pushing them down. D was more than happy to help him out.
Now we have a finished product that he can touch multiple times…
The craft kits sell for $4.99 a set. We received just the bear kit while the quoted price is for all three forest animals (bear, deer and moose.) Just click on the order button on 1-2-3! Textured Products website to place an order. You can also follow them on Twitter and keep up to date on new offerings.
Overall, these are a cute item for those having little time to pull something together. There is something nice about having activities you can just take off a shelf and allow the child to enjoy quickly. However, I can’t say that it is something I would have sought out to purchase. My older boys just have more fun sketching out their own shapes to cut out and get creative. (Of course, only one of them was cutting out items during the preschool years with any real control. Otherwise, the make your own at home meant I got to do the cutting.) But, if I end up doing any kind of preschool co-op program when J’s a little older, I am definitely keeping them in mind.
This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by 1-2-3! Textured Products for this review. You can read what other MamaBuzz reviewers thought HERE.