children playing with green slime

Crafterie: Craft a-long Halloween class & Craft at Home Kits

Halloween Craft a-long class

Mini is at a stage where she loves making and crafting things at home. When I saw an advert for a new Craft a long class with the Crafterie I knew she would love to go along.

Crafterie is run by two local mums, Lyndsey and Eleanor. Over the last few years we have been to quite a few of their events and classes, they even hosted Mini’s second birthday for us. All of the sessions we have done with them have been well thought through, with lots of care and attention and personal touches.

The Craft a-long sessions are part of their new venture to offer monthly sessions on a Saturday morning, each with a different theme, we went along to the October Halloween session. As a full time working mum I often struggle to find classes and sessions that are available on the weekend and ones that both myself and Mr Mack can join in with. I also like the idea that the sessions are pay as you go without any regular commitment.

Each session costs £10 for two hours which includes all materials to make the craft item and unlimited supplies of tea and toast. I was happy with the cost and felt it represented good value for money.

At the session there were two main crafts available; children could paint and decorate a plant pot with a Halloween theme and also make their own Halloween placard. I like the fact that there are ideas and prompts available however children are given free reign over how they choose to make and decorate their items. Lyndsey and Eleanor are on hand to lend a helping hand and offer any inspiration needed.

There were also two large rolls of paper on the floor with Halloween themed drawings on that children could add too or colour in. In addition to a pool of green slime to play in and a pool of “witches hair.” These were really good fun to explore textures and messy play.

children playing with green slime

The Slime was lots of fun to play with

The sessions attracted children from a wide age range and all were able to find suitable ways to join in and have fun. The session has a lovely relaxed feel and children are free to move around the activities freely.

girl pointing at witches hair made from coloured spaghetti

slimy witches hair was fun to play with

We had a great time spending some fun family time together and had fun with Mini’s friend who we met at the session too. We are already looking forward to next month’s class.

You can find details of classes on the Crafterie’s face book page – www.facebook.com/crafterie

Craft at Home Kits

halloween craft kits

Lyndsey & Eleanor also make their own craft at home kits that can be bought at  craft sessions. They come in lots of different topics and themes and suitable for a wide range of ages.

The kits cost £1.50 each and are great for children to do at home after the sessions and I think they would also make great presents or stocking fillers.

We had the unicorn, witch and pumpkin/skeleton kits to review. I liked the fact that each kit has a title as to what can be made from the items in the kit but then it’s up to the children as to how they use the materials in the kit to make that item. I’m not the most creative of people with coming up with ideas of things to do therefore, these kits were great for us as they gave us a title of an item to make along with suitable materials but then left it up to us as to how we made it and what it ended up as.

There was a good variety of materials in each kit to choose from, all we had to add was some glue to stick everything together.

I told Mini the title of the craft kits then left it up to her as to what and how she wanted to make them. We made them during half term a few days before Halloween, Mini wanted to make things that she could decorate the house with for a spooky feel. She firstly said she was going to save the Unicorn kit for another day as it wasn’t a Halloween kit, but she had so much fun with the other two kits she wanted to make that one too.

We really enjoyed doing the kits together and would definitely be happy to recommend them to friends.

Disclaimer: I paid for our attendance at the craft a long session. The craft kits were gifted for the purpose of the review. All views and opinions are my own.

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