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Etch-N-Press Cards and Prints

Etch-N-Press Cards and Prints

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: The Orb Factory Ltd.
Price: $14.99

With The Etch-N-Press Cards and Prints kit, children can etch a design into a foam template, apply paint to the template, and press it onto paper to leave a design in the shape of their etching. The result is a beautiful card ready to be decorated. Children can make many different cards using the included 20 foam templates, pack of craft paper, 6 envelopes, 6 acrylic paints, roller, etching tools, and colorful peel & stick jewels.

The paper, jewels and paints included in this kit are vibrant and high quality. The foam templates are thick and can be used more than once. Though they can't be re-etched, they can be painted different colors and reused that way. There are lots of different foam template shapes (heart, star, turtle, flower, fish, cupcake) and then there are additional square and circle templates that can be made into any shape children want.

Children loved playing with this card-making kit, and parents were happy that the printmaking materials could be played with long after running out of the original paper from the kit. Parents also noted that their children made these cards with minimal adult assistance. Plenty of templates and paint colors allow for open-ended designs, too, providing many birthday, holiday, and thank you card options.

Missy Williams   ©2013 Parents' Choice

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