When an event invite hints at arts and crafts, I almost always rsvp...even more so when it offers a chance for me to bond with my daughter.
And that is why I found myself at the Hamleys store in Central Square, BGC a couple Sundays ago...
Aside from crafting, there were also different games for parents and their kids...
(I won the name that tune contest for Nikola, it was a landslide win btw. Definitely one of my specialties! haha)
So the games were a really nice way to add more excitement to the day but we throughly enjoyed the frame design activity prepared for us.
I was really amused with all the new materials we got to try from Hamleys own brand of art materials.
Being someone who dabbles in art, I was surprised at the quality of their paints. They were really pigmented and easy to manipulate.
Aside from the more common paints, colored pencils, glitter pens, etc that they carry, my favorite of all was a kind of kiddie version of a gold leafing kit.
It comes with thick spongy stickers that you attach colored foils to to create a "gold leaf" effect.
This was a hit not just with the kids but with the parents as well.
I can imagine it being a top seller this Christmas just cause it's so much fun to use and it's the only one of it's kind that I'm aware of.
Here are the frames that Nikola created using various art materials from Hamleys:
(She takes after her mother, noh? :P)
The one on the left actually won in the design contest and she was more than happy to show off her work in front of the crowd.
If you're looking for unique toys and gifts to nurture your kids talents and keep them busy for hours without an iPad (or give as presents this Holiday season), I suggest giving Hamleys a visit.
For sure, it's less stress than most other dept. stores plus they've got a lot of different sized kits in different price ranges to fit your budget.
for more info, connect with Hamleys Philippines on Facebook.