A&W really love crafting. Each day I try and fit in a little bit of something creative like painting, coloring with markers or play-doh. I love to give them new things to help them to get those creative juices flowing. I especially like it when those things are, ahem, less on the messy side. I like to see my kids happy (of course!!) but I can only face a destroyed play area some many times per day! When I had the opportunity to test out Bendaroos with the boys I couldn't wait...these looked fun and creative AND mess-free. Yippee!
For those of you who have not seen Bendaroos they are "amazing, flexible building sticks". Here is the claim...
Bendaroos Magic Wax Super String are tons of fun, hours of pleasure and kids never get bored because there always more new and fun things to do with Bendaroos! Super durable and easy to use Bendaroos can do just about anything. Create your favorite animal boat or bridge. Transform ordinary items in cool things a space ships or treasure chest. It's endless what your can do with Bendaroos. Decorate a vase a frame or make a picture on the window them just remove it! No glue no stains no mess! Kids love Bendaroos and so will you.
Sign us up! A,W and I could not wait to give these us a try. We received the new Sponge Bob pack to try out and one weekday morning before school we sat down to create. The kit includes the following...
• 300 Bendaroos® Building Sticks!
• Includes Bendaroos® Fun Guide & Traceable Templates
• Includes Bikini Bottom Playmat
Bendaroos are simply waxy sticks. The bend easily into shapes and can be straightened out again. I though A&W would be way into making some of the Sponge Bob characters (I have deemed Sponge Bob naughty in our house which makes him somehow more appealing...go figure!). I set about using the directions to make some of the characters and I thought the boys would follow suit but this was not the case. They started sculpted and building their own creations with the huge variety of colored sticks. I loved this! I think if the boys were a little older they would have been more into trying to create the sculptures from the templates (I had fun with this part!!) but when faced with a pile of Bendaroos in fun colors they let their imaginations run wild making fun sculptures and shapes with all their favorite colors. They particularly loved making shapes on our sliding glass doors and we have quite an art gallery on display right now.
My verdict? The kids had so much fun creating with Bendaroos! While I think they were a little young to follow the templates I think this aspect would be great fun for older children. As a parent I loved the amount of creativity they allowed the kids, the mess-free aspect (woo-hoo!) as well as the fact that they are reusable. Bendaroos earn a big thumbs up from me and have earned a reoccurring role in our craft rotation! You can purchase Bendaroos here.
One lucky RBM reader will win a SpongeBob Squarepants Bendaroos Kit! Here is how to enter...
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