Toy Kraft – Review

Happy Children’s Day to all my friends. Our kids generally celebrate Children’s day, essentially everyday; but it is us who need these days to remind us of the child in us :)

I constantly share the number of crafts or arts activity that we do with the kids. These are done on days, that I call nice days. But then there are many, many days where I get nothing done. There are many reasons why we didn’t do, but one of the main reasons is always – getting all the supplies together. This gets harder when there is a festival just around the corner and me as a mom has to do gazillion other things and doing a craft activity is never a priority. The time invested in thinking up something, then going about finding supplies – gets so daunting that we never get anything done.

But what if there is a crafts kit, with everything you need for a particular activity right in it, neatly packed with instructions. Last Diwali, with all the hustle-bustle of getting everything done with a 4.5 year old and 7 month old in toe, was exhausting and when I was given Toy Kraft’s Sand Jigsaw Rangoli making kit and Glass Painted Candle Goblets for review, I was happy to accept. On such and many other days, when life is hectic, these kits are life and sanity savers.

About Toy Kraft -

Pegasus ToyKraft Pvt. Ltd. with its toy-kraft.com brand offers a wide range of toys providing children with a stimulating platform that fosters personal expression and intellectual growth. The toys provide vistas in opening a child’s mind to new ideas and skills.
Innovation, design and vivid graphics are the hallmark of all the company’s products. Whether it is play or educational value in a preschool toy, assembling skills in a construction kit, creative ability in the craft and hobby range or learning skills encountered with puzzles and board games – all the products have been carefully researched and developed with these values in mind.
Since the company’s inception in 2007, a diverse portfolio of state-of-the-Art toys has witnessed strong consumer interest. So much so, that the company has earned 15 toy awards in this short span. The range is well retailed through specialty toys stores, websites and large format retail chains.
The design and development team continues to churn out new toys which provide exciting opportunities for kid’s learning. The toys inspire children to play, experiment, discover and exploit their intellect. The packaging is eye-catching and appeals to the child’s imagination and reflects the progressive and modern outlook of the company.

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Our Sand Jigsaw Rangoli was so easy that even my 4.5 year old after I explained how to put it together, could do it in his 2nd try. Aarya’s only qualm was there was no blue color in the kit and I went and bought just the blue color from outside just to make him happy :) As you will see, the sand art is generally is a messy activity; and protecting your surface adequately will help containing the mess. I kept sheets of newspaper below the jigsaw and when we were done, we just threw the newspaper away! For the Glass Painted Candle Goblets, the tiny glasses are breakable but Aarya was so careful, it was heartening to see!

I will let the pictures do the talking

 

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As you can see, it is what Aarya did, he did notreally follow any design pattern, he just did what he wanted and I think it is perfectly alright to let him do that.

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For the Goblets we did this EASY pour painting. Even though, I was worried he will inevitably break one of these, he did not. He was very careful and his designs came out real nice as well. I think it is fantastic for a four year old.

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This set also included the wax; I skipped it because Aarya would want to do it and I was not sure I wanted him to.

 

ToyKraft Glass Painting Candle Goblets

These are just 2 of the many number of excellent products they have! The ones that we are eyeing and will definitely be getting for *those* days are (All below images take you to Amazon.in site for easy purchase)-

Amazon.in Link
Buy it @ Amazon.in

 

This is for the future definitely!

 

So if you have got bored kids at home and a creativity-block (like me) or just are busy, I assure these kits are a sanity-savers! Stay tuned for a lovely surprise in my coming post!

Disclosure – I was provided these kits for review, but the thoughts expressed here are completely Aarya’s (son) and mine. Some of the links are affliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog by clicking them to buy the products. 
 
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Our Favorite Dinosaur Picture books

editPicMonkey CollageWe just read and enjoyed our new favorite Dinosaur book Excavate Dinosaur; and thus came the urge to read some old favorites. Here are some of our favorite Dinosaur books (we own) which we have read gazillion times and keep reading some more. 7046991 Harry and the Bucketful Dinosaur Series Who doesn’t know Harry and his bucketful of Dinosaurs? This is one of the very first books I bought for Aarya. He still loves this book! And he also enjoys the video series based on these books, I occasionally treat him with them!

How do Dinosaur series by Jane Yolen How do Dinosaur goto School by Jane Yolen is a favorite. I like the whole series (we have How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon, Book of colors and numbers) and think this book is a great one to read again and again! Dinosaur Dream by Dennis Nolan Wilbur is reading about his favorite Dinosaur at bedtime when he hears a tap on his window. What he finds outside the window, is the start of a great adventure! Suggested for Grades 3 – 5, this is a surprise favorite of Aarya’s. When I got this book, I really did not think Aarya will sit through it. But each time, every time, Aarya has sat through this. We have owned this book for an year and this is one of his favorites. A great introduction to Jurassic Period and a guest apperance from some extinct animals makes this book a gem. Gorgeous, real – like illustrations are a huge plus! Dinosaur Farm Dinosaur Farm by  Frann Preston-Gannon This is a Gorgeous book for Dinosaur lovers! What if there was a Dinosaur Farm, and you were working there? Farmer Jack and his pet dino-dog get up early each morning to tend to the duties on the dinosaur farm!  We got it at a lip-smacking price of 275Rs @ Crossword Bookstores; God! what a lucky find! I concur with every word in this review published on Rhino ReadsWhen Dinosaurs Came with Everything When Dinosaurs came with Everything by Elise Broach This is such a cute book, that I recommend it to any Dino-loving kid. At first, it’s just another boring day of having to go run errands with Mom—and the little boy is not pleased. Then, at the bakery, they see a sign that says “Buy a Dozen Donuts, Get a Dinosaur.” Thinking it would be a toy, Mom orders the donuts. But then the bakery lady brings a real triceratops, and wow …it is just the beginning!!! Indeed, on this special day, dinosaurs come with EVERYTHING! Absolutely adorable illustrations and I LOVE LOVE the Mom’s reactions and the boys jubilation! You need this book, seriously! 5540813Dinosaurs after Dark by Jonathan Emmet Sleepless Bobby hears noise outside his bedroom window, and when he follows it into the city he finds some dinosaurs to play with. This is a fun book. I like this one, but Aarya absolutely LOVES this book. The elements he likes are boy sleeping alone, boy scared of the dark, Dinosaurs, playing with Dinosaurs. It is a good addition to our collection.  Dinosaur as long as 127 kids by Geeta Dharamrajan I absolutely am thrilled to feature a Dinosaur book by an Indian author with lovely colorful illustration and a fantastic story-line! This The Katha Chitrakala 2009 Grand Prize Winner features an adorable dinosaur who is cursed by a wicked Rakshasa ( demon ) because of which he can carry 127 kids on his back, not one less, not one more! So how did the little girl help Dino break the curse; you will have to read this hardbound book to know! The Ravenous Beast by Niamh Sharkey I love Walker Books (publishers), I have many of there titles and we have loved each one of them, this one is no exception! With brilliant rhyming text, this is a FUN counting book with a FUN ending! Aarya adores this book! Digging up Dinosaur by Aliki This is a great non-fiction book about Dinsosaurs! Great illustrations and some awesome facts are included! Tyrannasauras Drip by Julia Donaldson It is a known fact that we are Julia Donaldson fans! We want to someday own EVERY book of hers. I personally LOVE Axel Sheffler as the illustrators of her books, but here David Roberts has done a marvelous job with this beautifully written book. My absolute favorite and Aarya LOVES it too! Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur’s egg ends up in the wrong nest confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he’s so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed 13617210 Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Disclaimer: This book was our first Mo Willems books. This is my favorite, Aarya has still not really *got* the humour! This is deliciously FUNNY! This is my absolute favorite book. I can’t wait for Aarya to understand it :)

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”

- Mo Willems

Brontorina Brontorina by James Howe “On the ouside, I am a dinosaur, but in my heart,” gushes Brontorina, as the children below her dodge pieces of falling ceiling and weave between immense stampy dinosaur feet, “I… am a ballerina!” This book should be there in every kids library! It is such a gem! If you don’t fit the description that your passion embodies, do you give up or you push on? I read this book as often as I can to Aarya and my girl! Please, this is not a book just for girls. It is for everyone, even for you :) editPicMonkey Collage

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Book Review: Excavate Dinosaurs by Jon Tennant

Excavate Dinosaurs
Written by Jon Tennant
Illustrated by Vladimir Nikolov
Paper Engineering by Charlie Simpson
ISBN 9781612125206
Storey Publishing, LLC

Recommended Age : 7 and Up.

Description:

The ultimate gift for dinosaur-loving kids ages 7 and up! With fun text and colorful illustrations, paleontologist Jon Tennant explains the anatomy, habitat, and diet of 12 dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic eras and then provides pop-out pieces of their skeletons for kids to assemble into stand-up paper models. However, the pieces are mixed up! Before the puzzles can be completed, kids must apply their new knowledge about the dinosaurs to figure out which pieces go together. Kids will love the challenge of sorting out which bones belong to which dinosaur — just like real paleontologists do!

Our Review -

It is no secret that Aarya LOVES Dinosaurs and his favorite Dinosaur is the Triceratops. He also made up a story about a Superhero Triceratop whose powers include lightening coming out of its 3 horns. So I do not ever pass up an opportunity to get a Dinosaur book! We have a good collection and this non – fiction title is an awesome addition to our collection.

I am a very recent Dino-fan, so I know almost nothing about the Dinosaur time, habitat… nothing at all. This book with its wonderful pictures explains everything you and your child would like to know about Dinosaurs and there time on earth.

Look at the Content Page, and you will know what I am talking about!
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What were Dinosaurs?
What are Fossils?
What do Paleontologists do?

Questions like these and much more are explained and discussed with Gorgeous pictures of Dinosaurs! The Fossils pictures feature all the real images from the sites where these fossils were first seen! Loads of information is packed in to these pages and I just absolutely love the format and the pictures. Which kid doesn’t want to be paleontologist? With a field guide featuring 12 awesome Dinosaurs (including Triceratiop!), the author shares a fun way to scientifically identify the fossils and be a paleontologist!

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The best part of the book is the above field guide for sure! I am sure your kids favorite Dinosaur would make the list which include T-Rex, Stegosaurus and the likes! The guide includes information about the  ‘meaning of there name’, body anatomy, the era they were from, the group they belonged to, there length, the place they were found and there fossils! A 2 page layout has all this info packed with images of the dinosaurs, it is Gorgeous!

But wait that’s not all. What could be better than the field guide? Why? Being a Paleontologist, of course!

Kids will LOVE going on a Dinosaur DIG. The book includes easy to cut, cut-outs of Dinosaur fossils of ALL the 12 Dinos. The little Paleontologists then use the field guide to identify the fossils. This makes me wish I had a physical copy of this book!
What else??? Once you are done identifying all the pieces, you can BUILD YOUR OWN MODEL DINOSAUR!  Yes, there is a step-by step instruction on how to use the fossils to build the model dinosaurs (all 12 of them).

To say that we absolutely loved this book, is an understatement. At 4.5 years, Aarya loved this book and wanted to re-read it with me loads of times. 6+ crowd will be able o read and do the activities on there own (except for cutting in some cases)

My only regret – Not having the physical copy. This book would make an awesome gift for your Dino loving, hoping to be a Paleontologist one day kiddo in your life!

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Thanks to Netgalley.com for my copy of the eBook for review.