Over the half term holidays we spent a lot of time at home which is unusual for us as we normally have lots of days out planned but this time I decided it would be a good time to unwind, relax, and play with toys and activity sets that we hadn’t had chance to yet. One such activity kit was the fab lab tie dye luxury kit.
This set, as you can imagine, comes with everything you need to create tie dye designs apart from the material itself. It contains 7 bottles of coloured powders that once you add water to it becomes the dye, 50 latex-free elastic bands, 3 pairs of gloves and a 12 page instruction manual.
The instructions are easy to follow and the kit is easy to use, however I would highly recommend you cover your surfaces and wear the gloves provided as the dye gets everywhere and is hard to remove.
We used a towel, and three t shirts and still had lots of dye left at the end but unfortunately once the dye has been made up it has to be used in 45 minutes so I would recommend that if you are only making a few items that you pick a couple of colours and save some for another day so that the kit can last longer.
Overall we spent about an hour and half making the tie die and then left them to dry for 10 hours before washing them again and then left them over night to dry out again. Both boys enjoyed the activity and it was nice to see them get creative and try to create different patterns by strategically placing the elastic bands in different places and I would definitely get another one of these kits again in the future.
The only complaint I have about this kit, and similar arts and craft kits, is that all the packaging is aimed at girls. All three children on the box are female and I really think this is a shame as it does put some people off buying these for boys where as I know as a parent that my boys, especially my youngest, love to do things like this and I just think the brand would do so much better if the packaging was more gender neutral.
(We were sent the tie dye luxury kit in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own).