Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ravensburger Mandala Designer Kit Review and Aquarelle Kit GIVEAWAY!

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All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of Ravensburger. 

My generous friends at Ravensburger 
sent us some super FUN craft kits to play with this summer! 
We spent many beautiful summer afternoons  and mornings
decorating the driveway with colorful chalk and our Mandala Designer! 

The plastic stencil was completely manageable for the girls. 
"E" my 10 year old led the project and "C" my 6 year old was her assistant. 
They worked together nicely and their Mandalas turned out beautifully! 

The girls had fun embellishing the perimeter of each Mandala they made
and even made some free-form designs with a couple of our hoola-hoops! 

Their final projects made our driveway very colorful and several neighbors
stopped by on walks to comment on their handy-work. 

Ravensburger also sent us two of their beautiful Aquarelle liquid watercolor kits
to play with - we received a Dolphin set and a Fairy set. 

"E" got to work right away mixing her color palette with the liquid watercolors from the kit. 
It comes with a color mixing "recipe" sheet. 

It brought back fun memories of one of our favorite food color-mixing activities
from when the girls were little. They loved mixing their own watercolors! 

Each kit includes 4 pieces of heavy watercolor paper pre-printed with 
the designs in raised white ink. 
Reminds me of when I used to use embossing powder with my stamps! 
The raised white lines show you where to paint and help keep the colors separate. 

"C" my 6 year old enjoyed it at first, but quickly lost interest and got frustrated
by the small size of the pattern and handed me her painting to finish. 

"C"s half-finished watercolor in progress. 
Lots of tiny details make a beautiful finished project, 
but may frustrate younger or impatient artists. 

My oldest daughter, "E" (age 10) loves the Aquarelle kits 
and has gone back to work on them several times.

She is a bit more patient (read: Type A personality) and enjoys tiny details! 
She also loves watercolors so it was a perfect fit for her. 
This is a great art activity for Tweens and Teenagers. 

"E"s finished watercolor is below. 

Pink and Green Mama,

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