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Creativity For Kids Party

Heather —  August 23, 2012

Party Poses with Creativity for Kids Party

We just threw a Creativity for Kids Party! It was amazing. Want your kids to engage in more  creative play? Check this out.

As mom of an artist, I am familiar with the name Faber-Castell. I always associated the name with quality art supplies that my son would appreciate.

Just this Summer, when I was chosen to host a Creativity for Kids Party, through Faber-Castell and MomSelect, I got a chance to see all the new kids products they have unveiled.

I received two giant boxes of craft kits and we immediately broke them open and began playing  um, practicing for our party.

My daughter and I made headbands first. I love these things! I am the kind of mom who does not love messes. (I know, not creative and cool) I’m just like that. I try. Somehow, my kids are super creative in spite of me.

But, with the kits we tried, I was so impressed that everything we could need was at our fingertips and we were not even making messes, really, just REALLY making something we could actually use. Our “homemade” headbands looked like we bought them (maybe a little more glittery). I liked how we had all sorts of small embellishment materials there and my daughter could just dive into her imagination and make her very own creation.

The girl fashion kits are just the thing for a fantastic crafting day party or slumber party or Birthday party. Or just to have some fun!

After that experience, I took a look at many of the products we received so I would know what we were doing for our party. Most everything looked like things the girls would really like, fashionable for the time and with lots of choices on how the finished product would look.

Creativity for Kids Kits

So then we sent out our evites!

creativity invite

What did we have to share? Well, lots of accessories kits to make the following: Fashion headbands, Fashion Bracelets, Pop-Art Necklaces and Stuck on Fashion Tote bags. We had aprons and goodie bags and loads of party ideas!

So how did it go?

FANTASTIC! The girls had such a blast. Every craft was received with oooohs and ahhhhs! We did the bags first, so the kids would have a bag to put their creations in. I was surprised by how they all focused and played with just designing the bags! It was neat to watch how differently they all created even though they had all the same kit materials.

The same thing happened with the necklaces and headbands. I found it fascinating how different all their creations were. Talk about using their imaginations! One child even put two headbands together to make another look.  One little girl took some materials from the necklaces, some from the headbands and made a special hairclip with dangling feathers. Now, that was extra creative!

Creating an original clip

Meanwhile, I did let them eat too much sugar! We had fruit kabobs, tea party sandwiches, punch, candy and strawberry cream cake.

After the first three crafts and eating, we were already going over time. Now that is something I have never had happen during a kids party. I am usually hard pressed to add in activities to keep them busy. Not so with this craft party.

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They were super excited about the Shrinky Dinks, so I pulled those out and we all had fun with that. I even made some.

hard at work with shrinky dinks

Shrinky Dinks are from back in the day, you know?! Haha. It was fun to see them watching the oven.

Waiting for the shrinky dinks

After that, I really had to wrap things up–it was time to go! We still had time for some Vogue posing and a Fashion show!

more posing

If I had had this for my daughters birthday before we held a Roller Rink Birthday Party, I would have done this instead. The kids love activities like this. These are great for a rainy day or slumber party…any group gathering as a special thing or just a mom and child thing! I found the art materials so nice. The little pencils are marvelous, even.

Do take a look at the Creativity for Kids site and enroll in the Creativity Club. They have all sorts of printables, craft ideas, a craft of the month, and good directions to get your craft just right! #CreativityforKids, #FaberCastellParty.

http://creativityforkids.com

http://blog.creativityforkids.com

http://www.facebook.com/CreativityforKids

http://twitter.com/creativity4kids

http://www.youtube.com/justaddimagination

 

Right now through 8/31/12, get 20% off online purchases when you use code ANYTIME. Continental US shipping address only and eligible on Creativity for kids products only.

PS: Thank you to my older daughter who made the party so fun with a great playlist, dance party and fashion show!! You are AWESOME!

Striking a pose

Our party was sponsored by Faber-Castell’s Creativity for Kids Craft Kits in partnership with MommyParties. I received products for the party and a few additional products for my child. I have given my honest opinion on the products.

Ok. This is the first online site I have become REALLY excited about in a long time. I think it must be because the site is founded by parents of five children, Swenja and Johannes Ziegler, co-founders of www.always-icecream.com. Yes, with five children comes wisdom!

Em and I got a chance to review Always Ice Cream, an online community and educational site for girls ages k-8. Several weeks later, she is still enjoying the site tremendously.

As you know, I do review lots of virtual games and educational sites. It is funny what clicks sometimes. Some sites I will love and my kids really could care less. Or, the kids love a site and I have concerns about site security or lack of educational content…or we all like something but their servers more so slowly that we give up on them.

So what is working about Always Ice Cream?

Well for Em, the site is very specific. It is geared to elementary and middle school girls. The artwork is adorable and well-drawn, there is plenty of pink and purple, cute animals, lots of friends and content relevant to girls, and the servers are super fast. There is a selection of music to choose from while you play, or you can play with no sound.

For me, I am impressed by the planning to make this a safe online spot for children. For starters, the communication is moderated, there are no advertisements and parents control the choices for community involvement (ie you can turn on/off the social features as you see fit). Also, parents receive emails letting them know what their child is doing on the site and are able to interact with their child by giving them game rewards.

On top of that, the educational content looks good. They are adding content all the time, and content includes games and videos in Language Arts, Math, Math drills, Geography, History, Science,Music and Art, Computer Skills, Foreign Language. Emma actually wants to play the learning games, rather than me asking her to. They are doing something right!

While the girls play they earn “$coops,” an in-game currency. They can use $coops to take care of pets or decorate homes. There are medals and awards…and the social aspect of chatting with other girls about how they liked a game or lesson, and they can also help take care of one another’s pets and compete for certain things.

I want to share my report about what she has been doing on Always Ice Cream Lately:

Your Daughter’s Recent Learning Progress

During the last 90 days, Emma made progress in the following learning games:

  • Math Quiz – Adding from level 4 to 5, earning a Bronze Medal
  • Health Quiz from level 1 to 4, earning a Gold Medal
  • Bible Quiz from level 1 to 4, earning a Gold Medal
  • Word Confusion from level 1 to 6, earning a Silver Medal
  • State Shapes Quiz from level 1 to 6, earning a Bronze Medal
  • Basic Anatomy from level 1 to 25, earning a Silver Medal
  • Internet Quiz from level 1 to 5, earning a Diamond Girl Trophy
  • New Testament Bible Quiz from level 1 to 4, earning a Bronze Medal
  • Cooking School from level 3 to 10, earning a Diamond Girl Trophy
  • Dog Breeds Quiz from level 1 to 3, earning a Bronze Medal
  • States of the USA from level 8 to 22, earning a Silver Medal
  • Classical Music Quiz from level 1 to 11, earning a Bronze Medal

Moderated Communication

In the last 90 days, Emma received a message from, or wrote a message to (edited)

Educational Videos Watched

During the last three months Emma watched the following videos:

  • Basic Addition – (c) khanacademy.org
  • How To Make Baby Rattle Cupcakes
  • Baking: Decorate Jungle Birthday Cupcakes
  • How To Make a Princess Castle Birthday Cake
  • How To Make a Train Cake – Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas
  • How to Draw a Cartoon Cat
  • Pool Safely Educational Video

Artwork Created

She created the following artwork:

  • 10 art piece(s)
  • 14 piece(s) of furniture for her house

I love that I can get these stats!

Always Ice Cream is available for $4.99 per month or annually for $29.99. You can also get a lifetime membership for $99.99.

This would make a fun Gift for a special little girl! Do go see the FREE trial!

Go take a look for yourself at www.always-icecream.com and, you can also find them on Facebook.

See what my crewmates have to say about Always Ice Cream!

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I received a lifetime membership to Always Ice Cream through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

 

She likes the game so much, now she wants a Pillow Pet:)

Have you heard about Pillow Pets? These are snuggly little pillow creatures such as unicorns and turtles, Ladybugs and dinosaurs. Kids seem to love them. My child included.

And…wait for it…

As of October 25, kids can take playing with their pillow pets into a whole other dimension, while playing Pillow Pets™ game for Nintendo DS. My opinion? This is a safe, pleasant little Nintendo DS game for young children.

From a child’s point of view:

Features:

  • Exploration: Explore the Dreamlands of the Pillow Pets, such as Rainbow Valley, the Forest, the Palace.
  • Goal: Find and Collect 16 Pillow Pets you can name and customize with all kinds of accessories.
  • Collect rewards and bonuses along the way.

The best age range for this game: I would say about 4-8, young players with little to some gaming experience.

The graphics are bright and cheery:

Pillow Pets™ game for Nintendo DS is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB and retails for around $19.99.

For more information, visit: www.game-mill.com. Purchase Pillow Pets on Amazon.com.

I received a copy of  Pillow Pets™ to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and have given my opinion.