“The Mugwaz are here! The Mugwaz are here!” exclaimed Darling Daughter number two (DD2) as she tore open the box and lifted out the layers of pink and purple tissue paper.
Inside the box were the four Mugwaz fashion craft kits that Mugwaz president, Bree Altman, had asked us to review for OpinionMom readers: two Original Mugwaz D.I.Y. Flip Flop kits, a Mugwaz Beltz kit, and a Mugwaz Bagz kit. Each kit was neatly packaged and contained all the materials needed to make each craft as well as easy, step-by-step instructions. (We did have to use our own scissors and some plastic spoons.)
(One lucky reader will get a Mugwaz Bagz kit. Read to the bottom of the review for details on the give-away contest.)
Make Something Fun To Wear!
My two darling daughters tore into their responsibilities as reviewers, starting
with the flip flops. (My girls practically live in flip flops year-round, so this was a natural beginning for them.)
The flip flop kit contains lots of glitter and some sequins that can be used to decorate them. The flip flops themselves look sturdy with nice, thick soles.
My girls want crazy with the glitter. (You can see the results in the picture.) In less than an hour, each girl had a fancy new pair of flip flops.
An extra nice feature of the Mugwaz flip flop kit is that it comes packed in a plastic purse that can easily be reused as a makeup bag, or even a small purse.
Next the girls opened the Bagz kit. Both girls are sort of purse fanatics – constantly switching purses.
(For myself, I like to stay with the same purse.) The Mugwaz Bagz comes with a matching change purse (our sample was a snazzy pink) and a removable strap as well as the cloth flowers to decorate them.
Of all the crafts, I think this one was the easiest.
It took one of my daughters only about fifteen minutes to put the flowers together and attach them to the purse. If your child is younger, this might be a good starter craft for them to work on (with parental supervision, or course). (See photo.)
Finally, the girls worked on the Mugwaz Beltz kit. Although the concept is simple, the belt was a little bit hard to make. The girls wanted the sequence to stay the same throughout the belt and that took a bit of advance planning on their part.
Mother and Daughter Quality Time
While my girls were old enough to make these crafts by themselves, I stayed nearby talking to them. I think making these crafts with your daughter could be an excellent time to bond.
(Note: the box said for ages five and up, but I think that most five year-olds would need adult help with these projects.)
Have a Craft Party
A few years ago DD2 had a craft/sleepover birthday party. I didn’t know about Mugwaz, so I went ahead and made up my own crafts and bought materials from a local craft shop. The party was a huge hit, but I wish I’d known about Mugwaz craft kits for girls. A Mugwaz party pack would have saved me a lot of time and the finished crafts would have been more useful.
Mugwaz fashion craft kits are definitely something that I would recommend. As a parent I like the idea that it encourages girls to be creative. So many popular toys like video games are passive and don’t really encourage kids to think or use their own creativity. With Mugwaz, not only do they get a chance to be creative, but they get to create something useful as well.
With the holidays around the corner, Mugwaz just must be the perfect gift for that special girl on your list. In fact, my own girls (I almost typed girlz) are hoping that Mugwaz will develop more products for them to test.
Mugwaz Contest for OpinionMom Readers
Bree Altman, the Mugwaz president, has agreed to a give-away contest for OpinionMom readers located in the United States and Canada. One lucky reader will get a Mugwaz Bagz kit. (Kit is individual size, color to be selected by the company.)
To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post before midnight on October 31st, 2007, telling me what you think you would like about Mugwaz crafts. I’ll use a random number to choose one to receive the craft kit! Winners will be announced on November 2nd, 2007.
(By participating in this drawing, all participants agree that they are trying this product at their own risk without any warranties or guarantees about product performance from OpinionMom.)
(Disclosure: Product samples were provided by an agent for MugWaz.)
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