This month, Wicked Uncle are having a craft and creativity related month. Never heard of Wicked Uncle? They are a really fun, cool online site where you can find some trendy and unusual gifts for kids. They make it really easy, giving you a choice of categories and age groups, and are very good at making it all mega easy, even offering gift wrapping and direct delivery!
I had a flick through the site without the kids, and could have chosen so many things I thought they would like. Once they got their hands on it though, they were fairly insistent almost immediately that they had to have the Thinking Putty. I wasn’t so sure it would be a good idea, but I went with it as they seemed so keen. They also really wanted to try the Stik Bots, and being into technology and stop-motion filming, I knew they would enjoy these. Finally, I also had my arm twisted to get a chocolate moulding kit of London.
Now, these aren’t necessarily my idea of ‘creativity’ in its traditional form, but I went with it to see how it all turned out. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. The Thinking Putty, both magnetic and glow versions, have been a massive hit. The boys have been absolutely fascinated by them and have played creatively and imaginatively for ages with them. Perhaps it is the instant nature of the putty, that you can just open it up and get on with it without any preparation or set-up. Or perhaps it is a slightly more grown-up version of playdough?
Here is what Toby thought of it, in his own words:
“We bought two ‘Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty’ because they all had different special features, but all had five in common – bouncing, stretching, tearing, popping and sculpting. Furthermore, Hugo and I thought the way they could be used was fantastic. It intrigued us into buying the putty.”
- Super Magnetic Tidal Wave
“I think that this one is overall the best putty because it has more features than the Phantom Foxfire. Also, inside it the Super Magnetic Tidal Wave has really tiny magnets and if you put the included magnet on it and hold it for at least 5 seconds then take it off, it will be just like a magnet.”
- Phantoms FoxFire
“One of the Phantom FoxFire’s features is it’s reaction to light (overall it’s quite light based). When you shine the UV light included on the putty it is just like drawing on it with a pen! The Phantom FoxFire also has another special feature, if you take it into the sunlight and stay there for about thirty-sixty seconds, then bring it back inside, it changes colour. It also glows in the dark!”
We will add our review of the other products separately, as they were so good that they warrant a separate review. The final word on the putty though, is a big thumbs up. It captured and kept the kids’ interest much longer than I expected, and is also a good STEAM activity as well as being very creative and tactile. A real winner here!
Disclaimer: We were given our choice of creative products from the Wicked Uncle website for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are completely honest, unbiased, and entirely our own.
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