Munchkin was really excited to receive this as she likes craft kits that she can make…and this was the first time she has had a jewellery making kit. She has never before shown an interest in jewellery so I would never buy them for her. However as soon as she saw it she wanted to try making a bracelet.
In the box you get almost everything you need to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings. All you need to add is a pair of scissors and a toothpick to help with the earrings.
The full contents are:
- Safety pin
- 7 shamballa beads in 3 colours
- Grey pearl beads
- Black knotting thread
- Pastic coated jewellery wire
- Ear hooks
- Jump rings
- Clamshell clasps
Shamballa fire by Interplay is recommended for children over 8. Munchkin is 10 and she struggled slightly with the bracelets. In all honesty even I struggled a bit and took it apart a few times before we got the hang of it.
We ended up getting the clasp at the end of the bracelet wrong. By that time my patience was wearing thin so we just tied a knot in it. However we will be trying it again soon and I think with a bit more patience we will get it right.
Munchkin managed to do the earrings herself without any supervision.
Although they aren’t perfect, I think she did OK for her first go without supervision and without a toothpick to help!
The packaging at the front of the box says you can make 5 projects while on the back of the box it says 8. As there are only 7 shamballa colour beads then I would say 5 is more realistic (2 are used for the earrings, leaving 5 coloured beads). So far we have made the earrings and 1 bracelet. We are planning to attempt another bracelet with the grey pearl beads and a necklace.
What we liked about the kit is that it contains virtually everything you need to make the jewellery. The instructions are clear and detailed with pictures, and you even get a ruler at the top of the booklet to help you measure out the correct lengths for the cord.
Shamballa Fire comes with a RRP of £12.99 and is available from a variety of toys stores and also Amazon (affiliate link): myStyle Shamballa Fire Jewellery Craft Kit.
If your child loves making jewellery then this kit will be perfect for them and will also keep them busy on a rainy day!
Disclosure: I was sent a Shamballa Fire kit for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.