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Craft-tastic CT1692 Idea Box – Arts & Crafts Kit Includes 7 Creative Challenges,
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- Kids have fun making (and learning) - the 7 challenges inside this kit will inspire kids to use their imagination, think for themselves, and solve problems creatively
- Without instruction - kids create, without boundaries - they grow, without restriction - amazing things happen, that's the thinking behind these open-ended kits
- Each kit contains 7 fun challenge cards with a number of prompts on each card helping them navigate their own way to create something uniquely theirs
- Kids will come up with their own unique ideas for a toy, puppet, new animal, a new widget—and more
- Manufacturer suggested price: $19.99 - Recommended for ages 6+
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Born to Make
We're the makers of fun, innovative (and did we mention cool?) crafts and games. Our brands include:
- Loopdedoo Bracelet Maker
- Loopdeloom Weaving Loom
- Craft Crush
- You Do
- Rubber Band Game
Big Ideas Start Small
Are your ideas the next big thing?
Without specific instructions, kids tap into their own creativity and gain the confidence to figure things out. The 7 fun challenges inside this kit will inspire kids to make something totally unpredictable, out-of-the-box and maybe even never-even-seen-before. Will they create the next 'big thing?' They will when they kick start their ideas!
The Idea Box can help improve STEM/STEAM skill sets by keeping kids so engaged they don't even know they're learning. By taking advantage of a kid's natural interest in building toys, this kit allows them to use their imagination and inspires them to think for themselves.
- Kids will come up with ideas for a new toy, puppet, new animal, a new widget—and more
- Each kit contains 7 cards with a number of prompts on each card challenging them to make something unique
Jump Start Your Big Idea
7 Fun Challenges. Unlimited Ideas.
From creating a new toy idea to a brand new widget to a whole new animal, kids get to see 7 cool ideas come to life. Includes:
4 yd (3.6 m) acrylic yarn, 4 pom poms, 1 piece tissue paper, 5 pieces paper, 5 feathers, 2 styrofoam balls, 6 plastic eyes, 4 paper straws, 7 chenille stems, 4 mini dowel rods, 3 pieces acrylic felt, 2 yd (1.8 m) cotton twine, 2 clothes pins, 8 rubber bands, 1 paper tube, 8 pieces double-sided tape, 7 challenge cards.
The 7 challenges inside this kit will inspire kids to make something totally unpredictable, out-of-the-box and maybe never-seen-before.
No Instructions? No Problem!
There are no instructions, only challenges and prompts so kids let their creativity guide them.
Where Will Your Ideas Take You?
By taking advantage of a child’s natural ability to create, there’s no telling what they’ll make.
Without instruction, kids create. Without boundaries, they grow. Without restriction, amazing things happen. That's the thinking behind our open-ended kits. By taking advantage of a child's natural ability to create, the 7 challenges inside this kit will inspire them to make something totally unpredictable, out of-the-box and maybe never-even-seen-before. Is your child creator of the next "big thing?" give them a kit and see what 7 projects They create!.
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There are seven different idea cards with questions about what your child would like to make, such as "what is your idea for a puppet," and from there your child can choose his materials from the box, and build his project. He can also submit a photo of his finished project online.
I find this approach so much more productive than simply handing a child a box of materials and telling him to have at it.
Although many children are fine with that much spontaneity, I find most children prefer a little more guidance and organization.
I don't believe those things put a damper on a child's creativity; quite the contrary.
I have seen too many project boxes that expect the child to figure everything out for himself, claiming that it "frees his imagination."
I think it's just a trendy excuse for the manufacturers to do less work in helping a child make something of which he can be proud.
This box contains a nice assortment of quality materials, such as chenille sticks, foam balls, fluffy balls and eyeballs. There are felt sheets and tissue paper as well, along with other accoutrements. The only extra you need is some sort of adhesive.
Your child can enjoy this kit by herself, or it can be a fun activity for you to enjoy together.
This Craft-tastic Idea Box goes a step further because the sky (and imagination) truly are the limit. The child gets a lot of pieces to work with -- and 7 challenges to inspire your youngster to get excited, think more, plan -- and create something totally theirs, entirely unpredictable. You could put together something like this yourself of course, but it's handy that someone else has thought it through an put everything needed into a box.
The child gets: 4 yds of yarn, pom poms, tissue paper, feathers, styrofoam balls, 6 plastic eyes, chenille stems, mini dowel rods, acrylic felt, cotton twine, rubber bands, a paper tube, double sided tape -- even clothes pins! And there are the 7 challenge cards as well.
It comes in a full color box, 10" x 10" and a couple of inches deep, which makes a nice gift.
Add seven challenge cards encouraging kids to think about how they could make a headpiece, something that flies, a gift, etc. Each challenge has thought-provoking questions. For example, the headpiece challenge card asks whether the headpiece will be a disguise or a decoration, whether it will be serious or silly, and where it will be worn, among other things. For kids who are used to just jumping in with art and craft supplies, these questions can lead to deeper thinking and problem solving.
The experience of planning helps build skills not only in planning and problem solving but also, if you work with your child or share the box with a group of kids, collaboration, an important 21st century skill. And of course creative play encourages creativity, another essential in the work world today's children will move into.
Once you complete your creations, you are invited to share a photo with the manufacturer... it could end up in an online gallery!
One thing to keep in mind, this is a great gift for children who like creative play and using their imagination. My 6-year-old has enjoyed this immensely. She is more of a free-spirit and doesn’t like being told how to create her projects. It has been fun watching her explore and seeing her creations. However, I have another child who likes following directions (such as lego kits) with a clear ending goal. This Idea Box frustrated her and she lost interest quickly. So, it is good to be aware of the interests of the child you are purchasing for so you don’t waste $20.
The kit is as described above and arrived in good shape with all the pieces included in the box. My only issue with the Idea Box – Creative Challenges is the price. I got something similar at Costco that is 3 times the size for $7 less (but you do need a membership there).
What you get is a group of some basic craft supplies (tape, yarn, foam and pom pom balls, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, dowels, string, rubber bands, clothespins, feathers, etc) and 7 prompt cards that challenge kids to make a particular project and give them some ideas to think about it, sort of like the challenge in a fashion reality show or class. It's fun, and our daughter had a good time, but I'm sure you could achieve a similar effect with some ideas from the internet and a bucket of supplies.
As I said, it's really a question of convenience. I think this would be good for most kids, and would make a gift that would make their parents happy they have something to do.