Target has an Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids, bringing a different creative activity to your doorstep each month for $14.99.
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About the Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids
The Subscription Box: Target Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids
The Cost: $14.99
The Products: A different crafting activity each month. Ranging from coloring kits to DIY accessories, the variety will spark kids' imagination and keep them excited to see what they will create next! Instructions are provided when necessary. For ages 6-10.
July 2018 Target Arts & Crafts Box: Graphic Skinz Design Studio Shrink Wrap Kit
Rose Art Graphic Skinz Design Studio Shrink Wrap Kit - Retail Value $17.79
I was really surprised to see this kit when I opened up the box because it is pretty different from the items we have been receiving. I also had no idea what it was exactly! I’d never heard of this, but I was excited to see the truck, shark, and spider because most of these kits appeal more to my daughter, but this seems much more geared towards my son. He loves dinosaurs, cars, and sharks, so this is right up his alley.
We did need to supply our own batteries for this toy. It took 4 AA batteries and we needed a screwdriver to open the compartment.
This is the chamber that you insert your model into to apply the skinz. There is a tube that sucks out all of the air and water and a reservoir tray at the bottom that collects the water.
The instructions were to choose a skin to apply to your model piece and cut off the white part. Then you remove the clear plastic cover, place your model part on the skin and cut around it leaving a border to wrap around the edge. They included several different skinz for us to use and it seemed like there was a good variety of patterns, but it was really hard to see them and determine the color of some of them until after they were applied.
I chose to do the shark first, but in retrospect, this was probably the most difficult of the 3 models that we received. It had a really odd shape and I ended up not making my skin piece quite large enough to wrap around it, but I couldn’t tell until after I had already applied it.
After wrapping the piece, I immersed the sponge in water, squeezed out the excess water and then I placed my shark & skin wrap inside. Then I put the whole thing into the chamber, closed the lid and pressed the button.
I held the button down for about 20 seconds and let it shrink up around my model. Then I gave it 10 seconds to refill with air and removed it from the chamber.
The skin was a little loose around the edges as you can see, but they included this little applicator that I could use to press them down so that they would stick to the shark.
I decided to test it out and see if I could do multiple pieces at once by wrapping the fins and putting them all inside the chamber together. It worked!
After wrapping all pieces of my shark in skinz I was able to check the model assembly directions to see how put it together. It was a little tricky since the skinz were covering all of the holes that I needed to use, but I managed to figure it out.
As you can see, my shark has a lot of white spaces and that’s because the skinz were pretty slippery when they came out and would sort of peel off if I messed with it too much trying to stick them onto the shark. Other areas were just where I didn’t cut the skin big enough for the area. They say that you can apply multiple layers of skinz and overlap them and I actually tried 3 separate times to wrap the nose of the shark, but for some reason, I could never quite get it right! It was a little frustrating, but I think with some trial and error and a lot of patience, it could turn out much better than this.
I decided to try once more, incorporating my newfound knowledge of skin application. My spider turned out much better than my shark and I think that’s because the pieces were a little larger and not as oddly shaped, plus I knew this time to cut the skinz even larger than I needed them. While applying the skinz went much better this time, I still have not figured out how to put the spider’s legs on the correct way. The legs all look much too similar to me, especially with the skinz covering the detail on them. I was able to put them on and make it work, but he just looks a little odd. Luckily the kids didn’t seem to notice!
The Verdict: This was definitely not my favorite Target Art & Craft Kit that we have received, but it was something new to try, which I always appreciate. The kids really loved the finished products, but I wasn’t thrilled with how they came apart fairly easily- the shark fins don’t stay in very well at all. Obviously, this wouldn’t be as much of an issue with the targeted age group of 6-10-year-olds (mine are 2 and 3), but there is a chance that applying the skinz might get a bit frustrating for them. I found them pretty difficult to apply myself, so I can imagine that a younger kid would have some issues as well! The retail value is $17.79 which is not bad for a $14.99 box.
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: For the $14.99 price of the box this month, we received the Rose Art Graphic Skinz Design Studio Shrink Wrap Kit, worth $17.79 at retail price.
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