So, when we were sent Badge It! Badge Maker to try, I was a teeny bit reticent about having a go, expecting it to be a) a lengthy process and b) a bit messy. I saved it for an afternoon after school and decided to take the plunge with the children.
Boy, was I wrong. The box contained a press and everything you need to make 15 badges. (You can purchase refill packs once you run out). There's also a little template if you want to make your own designs but there are 15 designs included too. So we started off by choosing designs and cutting them out. I did most of the cutting out but Missy Woo did some of it. The designs were perforated which made cutting out easier. I was quite careful but it became apparent that it doesn't really matter if you're not that careful.
Then you make your badge; you put badge top, design and a seal into the press. You turn the dial until it clicks. This was quite hard for little hands to do - they could turn it but not far enough to reach the clicking stage as it required a reasonable amount of force. Then you return the dial to the start position, add the back, and turn again. When you release it, your badge is done. Well, apart from popping a pin in the back, which pops in easily. The whole process took a few minutes and the results are very professional looking. Missy Woo was so delighted, we made Monkey's badge (he had lost interest after 5 minutes; he prefers to run about!) and we made another one, all in the space of about 15 minutes. And when we were done, there were a few things to pick up and put away - but no mess.
|We made these!|
Overall, we loved this - more so for me as I wasn't expecting to like it. It costs £20 and refill packs cost under £10, which gives you enough to make another 30 badges. I personally think that they could put the parts to make more than 15 badges in the box without adding too much to the cost but really it is a minor quibble. It's fun and it's easy. And it doesn't add to the mess.
Hmm, possibly Missy Woo and I like it for different reasons...
(I was provided with the above toy to review and have received no other compensation. The opinions stated here are my own, and have not been influenced by the aforementioned compensation.)