As a former-teacher-turned-mom, I’m a pretty serious evaluator of preschool toys. I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive toys that encourage creativity, pretend play, and preferably don’t need batteries. As the holiday gift giving season approaches, you might be looking for gifts for kids aged 3-7 that fall within the “under $20 battery free” parameters as well. Enter the new Magic Fun Dough themed activity kits that feature temporary image transfers (think ‘temporary tattoos’ for the fun dough) and I have something the kids on your list are going to love!
I wouldn’t share a toy that didn’t meet my strict standards, so you can trust me when I say my kids LOVED playing with the RoseArt Magic Fun Dough kits. They used them for hours at a time, something this tired mama truly appreciates. Even without the transfers they would have loved the kits, but the ‘temporary tattoos’ on the Fun Dough totally kicked it up notch. Here’s how the transfer process works:
The kids (and, ahem, ME) then can use the various characters to tell stories and interact with the kits. Isn’t that clever? And the ink is designed to be reabsorbed into the dough, so you can use it AGAIN and AGAIN. Yay, love that!
We recently had a Prehistoric Preschool Playdate Party (say THAT 5 times fast!) to demonstrate WHY these kits are perfect for creative play. Since one of the sets they were going to play with was the Dinosaur Magic Fun Dough kit, I created a ‘jungle’ atmosphere to set the stage. When the kids arrived, they had to walk through a curtain of crepe paper. Of course, the kids ran through it again and again because they loved making an entrance.
It’s important to cover the work space where you’ll use the fun dough. A green plastic tablecloth wrapped around the table stayed in place and ensured a nice, easy-to-clean work surface.
The kits were a HUGE hit. Though a certain 3-year old needed a cheese break.
After they played with the kits, we took a snack break. Dino shaped nuggets, broccoli trees, Prehistoric Popcorn Crunch, and dinosaur juice boxes delighted the kiddos.
Watching this quick video really helped me understand the transfer process before the kits arrived.
A few more reasons to love the Magic Fun Dough sets:
- they are non-toxic and are wheat-free and gluten-free
- because they create their own ‘props’, the sets inspire endless imaginative play
- the kits have a multitude of uses depending on age and ability– for example, my son loved playing with the volcano and dinosaur stomper and didn’t use the transfers, whereas my older daughter spent hours making characters with the transfers and using them create her own stories
- there are 6 sets total with popular themes including Pirate Cove, Barnyard, Pet Shop, and Princess & Ponies
- did I mention THEY ARE ALL UNDER $20? Starting at $9.99, with refill kits for under $5.
Where can you find them? At major mass retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Amazon.com. Just remember you’ll find them near the craft kits and NOT the toys at places like Target. HINT: Since they make great birthday party gifts, they make a good filler for your Amazon.com cart to reach their new $35 for free shipping. 😉
Also, RoseArt is having a 90th Anniversary Facebook Sweepstakes so be sure to click on over for a chance to win some great prizes (like $1000, for starters– WOOT!).
If you’re looking for inexpensive holiday gifts for the preschooler to 7-year old set, the RoseArt Magic Fun Dough Kits are a blast and inspire creative play. They are Making Lemonade approved! Have you used these kits before? Any other battery-free, inexpensive, creative gift ideas to share?