When I heard about the Cubby Kit I was SO excited! The idea of a box of craft goodies arriving at your door was pretty exciting, especially when it comes with ideas for things to make with them. I was sent a Cubby Kit to review and the anticipation was almost too much! When it arrived the next day (talk about super speedy!) the children couldn’t wait to get started, just look at all the goodies inside!
The first thing we decided to make was the ‘constellation wall chart’. I think it was the thought of the glitter pens that did it for Lily! She really enjoyed making this and we talked a lot about space and planets whilst making this.
We didn’t get to try another activity for a few weeks, life just gets in the way of crafting sometimes doesn’t it! Thomas decided he wanted to make the rocket ship and this is a perfect activity for a little boy. At 3 years old he needed quite a bit of help putting it together but he loved sticking on the decorations and has had such fun zooming around the house with this.
The third and final activity in the box was a papier-mache craft – making planets. The idea behind this is really good and I love the idea of the children making something that they can then keep and get use from. The planets would have looked great hanging in their bedrooms but really they were both too little to finish this craft. They did about 5 minutes of sticking the paper onto the balloons and then got bored. Anyway, I decided to finish the activity for them but instead of coming up with some planets we actually ended up with toadstools! Lily had seen a picture of these and decided she would love some for her fairy party so this was what we made. This is the joy of the Cubby Kit though, you have all the craft supplies and instructions but you can really take the activity to wherever your imagination takes you.
Here is how our toadstools out.
Cover your balloons with papier-mache. We used about 3 layers and we used the wallpaper paste which came with our cubby kit.
When thoroughly dry, draw a line around your balloon to get the shape that you want for your toadstools. Cut along this line with a scalpel or a sharp knife.
Decorate your toadstools with red paint, again we used the paint that came with our cubby kit.
Stick some white circles onto your toadstools.
Get some thick card, roll it around and secure it in place with tape to make the stem for your toadstools. Cover these in white paper.
So what do we think of the Cubby Kits?
I love the idea behind these kits. As a busy mum who enjoys crafting, I don’t always have the time to source all the materials I need and to come up with ideas for activities. With the Cubby Kit, all this is prepared for you so all you need to do is enjoy making the activities.
Would we recommend these kits?
I would recommend trying at least one of these kits, I think they would make a lovely gift for a small child. At £19.99 they are not cheap and you could get a lot of crafting materials for that money BUT the kit definitely provides hours of entertainment and gives you one-on-one time with your children that is relatively stress free!