As our next review for Toys R Us Toyologist 2012, we were sent Melissa and Doug Fashion Fun Stencil Set.
Included inside the cardboard packaging was the following contents:
4 stencil plates
4 coloured pencils
1 HB pencil
The box was quite large, so it was a shock that not much came out of it. There is also no paper included to use the stencils on, so you have to provide your own, an important note if you are buying as a gift for someone for Christmas.
There is a piece of paper with instructions included in the box which shows which stencil to use first, and to give some idea of what to do, great for younger children I think.
The first stencil for the outline of the body is a small slit, and we discovered quickly that you can only use the HB pencil in this stencil, it is too deep for the coloured pencil. You do have to press quit hard with the HB pencil. For the other three stencils, you can use any of the pencils.
The stencils have loads to pick from, from different shoes, to different bikinis, trousers and tops, and you can even use the designs available on the stencils to create things such as hearts on the clothes afterwards.
Eight year old Brooke loves arts and crafts though, and took a great amount of time and detail into creating her picture. She loved the variety of different heads on the stencil, but did find them fiddly to keep in place as they have no non-slip surface at all. She also loved the fact that the stencils are glittery and pretty. Another downside is that the box has no lid, so you are not able to pack it away after use.
Overall I would say that this would be a good stocking filler present, or one for a rainy day, but don’t expect too much out of the pretty packaging.
Melissa and Doug Fashion Fun Stencil Set will be available from www.toysrus.co.uk shortly.
This review was written by Danielle who blogs at www.blogbybaby.com