Back to School with Gel-a-Peel
This September Emily started school. She has been looking forward to this for about 2 years, since Freyja started school. This was exciting enough in itself, but she was delighted to be sent a Gel-a-Peel Glow in the Dark kit to make some accessories for school. Both the girls love crafts, and especially ones that are a little bit different.
The Gel-a-Peel Glow in the Dark kit comes with 3 glow in the dark gel tubes, 16 design templates, 5 designer tips, squeegee tool and a gel tray. The kit is aimed at children aged 8 and older, but with supervision, both my girls were able to enjoy it.
There were lots of design templates to make bracelets with. These needed the gel to be squeezed over the template free-hand. The girls both found this too difficult to do by themselves. Emily did decorate a notebook free hand, but wasn’t able to stick to the templates for the bracelets. The gel tray was much more manageable for them. The gel is squeezed into the moulds in the gel tray to make numbers, letters and emojis. Emily had great success with this bit. She could fill the moulds with the gel, and I evened it out using the squeegee tool.
We used some of the letters and emojis to personalise a pencil case for Emily. These were stuck on using more of the Gel-a-Peel gel and left to dry.
As I previously said, the Gel-a-Peel kit is aimed at children older than my two. They did very much enjoy using the kit, but they needed a lot of help and supervision to do. That said, it is nice to be able to sit down and do an activity together. The other problem with using this with younger children is that the gel takes a long time to dry. We had to leave the gel overnight before it would set – not great for the impatient! I would suggest that the kits are better for slightly older children, but the girls did really enjoy doing this. It was also nice to have something that was a bit different!