Fantastic Value Summer Holiday Craft Kit!

The summer holidays are upon us and the weather does not seem to be on our side. For those rainy, cloudy, generally uninspiring days, it’s great to be able to whip out a craft activity that, firstly is easy enough to do and will result in a beautiful and functional end product, and secondly does not create too much mess. This Ruffle Rug from Alex Toys fits the bill exactly.

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex toys craft kits are always exceptional quality offering a high standard of materials and a well thought out design. The Ruffle Rug itself is large enough (39cm x 62cm) that two (or more) children can work on it together, at opposite ends without being on top of each other and the kit comes with 3 sturdy plastic needles.  Included are lots of strips of different coloured t-shirt material fabric which is easily threaded through the large needle provided. The idea is simple, just thread the strip of material under the beige rug weave, creating a loop of about 2 child sized fingers. Keep weaving and creating loops until the strip of material has all been woven in and then snip the loops, creating a ruffle look.

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

The instructions give loads of design ideas, stripes, checkerboard, even hearts or initials. The design can be as simple or complicated as your child would like or is suitable for their age and ability, why not encourage older children to choose to re-create an existing famous peice of art on their rug or use the colours and textures to create a unique memory of a loved one or happy experience. Plus, a great way to get your children to clear out their wardrobes and put those tatty old t-shirts to good use, cut them into strips to make extra strips for their rug!

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

Alex Toys - Make a Ruffle Rug Kit

What I really like about this kit is it can be worked on, put away and then worked on again without it falling apart, which encourages taking a little more time and putting some thought into the design and process. It also makes a fantastic kit for taking on holiday or leaving at a grandparents or childminders house, taking up little room and providing a great short term project. This fantastic kit is now only £19.95 at PlayMerrily.

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