Over the last few months the girls have loved getting to grips with Gel-a-Peel, a range of crafting kits where the possibilities are endless. We have made beads and bracelets, decorated diaries and made Mothers day cards. And although the girls have loved every single Gel-a-Peel set we have tried so far, the Pearly Pastel Kit is by far their favourite.
This week the girls were very excited to decorate a jewellery box each, although there was the usual bickering over who would have the larger box. “I’m having the bigger box, I’m the bigger sister!” Eva had said. “But we’re both the same size!!” Megan had told her, which really made me laugh. After a lot of arguing back and forth they agreed that Megan would have the small box, and Eva would have the large and the small box. I think that Megan needs to work harder on her negotiation skills!
The girls favourite thing about the Pearly Pastels Kit is that it comes with the Gel-a-Peel tray. You simply fill the trays with one of the three coloured gels…
Scrape away any residue…
And it’s as simple as that! I have mentioned before that Gel-a-Peel is aimed at ages 8 years and over, but I have no qualms about my girls using the kits and they are more than capable of using them correctly. The kits also come with templates to create a number of different designs, something which the girls both enjoy.
With Megan being 15 months younger than Eva, it’s always nice to see that each time we do one of the Gel-a-Peel crafts, even if just a few weeks have passed in between, Megan is that little bit more confident at following the templates, or it holds her attention a little longer than the last time. Eva is definitely the craftier of the two (in more ways than one!) but Megan really enjoyed herself this week and it was lovely to see!
Once all of the gel had dried, which can be anything from ten minutes to ten hours dependent on the room temperature or the thickness of the gel, we simply lifted them out of the tray and the girls were ready to create their jewellery box designs!
Applying a small amount of the gel to each “gem” the girls were able to position them onto the jewellery boxes where they were firmly held into place.
This was the girls favourite part of the craft – and mine too! They did it in complete and utter silence!!
Eva’s approach was very careful, very organised and specific…
Where as Megan’s approach was a little more chaotic!
And with both jewellery boxes done, and the girls over the moon with their designs, they were all ready to fill them with treasure!
*** We were sent this kit for the purpose of the review. All words and opinions are my own. ***