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Porcelain Painting Present

Sibéal received this 8 piece painting set from Auntie Orla for Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed completing it. It is a simple kit that contains 3 bowls, 2 candle sticks and 3 vases, all unpainted. 12 mini pots of paint and 2 paint brushes are also included and are then used to apply whatever designs you [...]

Sidewalk Artists?

I spotted this box of chalk a few weeks before Christmas whilst toy shopping in Smyths. My children love it. They’ve gotten hours of fun out of drawing on the driveway and footpaths outside the house. From huge monstrous pictures to pictures of each other and treasure maps. Top value at €4.99 for the box [...]

Fantastic Fish

Sibéal received this fabulous Sticky Mosaics kit from Auntie Emer this Christmas and she thoroughly enjoyed completing it. Previously I had purchased smaller one picture versions but this kit contains 5 different, more complex designs to complete. As before you start with the design laid out on cardboard with each rectangle numbers and then sheets [...]


A couple of weeks ago, I spotted this make your own dream catcher kit on Amazon for a mere fiver and as Sibéal loves all things art and crafty, I purchased it.The contents of the kit are shown below. Additional  page of instructions and diagrams was also enclosed. The age guidelines on this craft kit [...]

Tea set painting fun

Sibéal recently turned 5 years old and one of the presents she received was a “Paint a Tea Set” from Galt. Its very cute, a miniature tea set containing white ceramic tea pot, jug, sugar bowl and 4 cups with saucers. Also included is a paintbrush and a range of coloured paints. Sibéal really loved [...]

Fun and Thrifty

The price of greeting cards annoys me, especially when I see them ripped open and dumped at most kids’ parties. Sibéal is going to her friend’s party at the weekend and she loves arts and crafts so I was delighted to spot this kit today in Marks and Spencer. Coolo. It contains: 10 fairly plain [...]

Review of Sticky Mosaics kit – Sunflower

Sticky Mosaics kit – Sunflower “Cheap and cheerful felt stick-on DIY picture kit which kids enjoyed“   Was in Formative fun shop earlier today in Cork and spotted this small sticky mosaic kit. Thought it’d suit the 4 year old down to the ground, arts and crafts the easy way for the artisticly challenged mother. [...]

Review of Creativity for kids – Rain and Sun Umbrella craft kit

Creativity for kids – Rain and Sun Umbrella craft kit Blank white umbrella + fabric paints + permanent marker= fun arts and crafts hour for myself and 3 year old. A week or so ago when in Cork city centre with my two cailíní, we headed into a really good toy shop on Maylor Street. [...]