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Sticky Mosaics® Crowns of Kings

The Orb Factory Limited

Age: 4 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $19.99

MSRP (USD): $19.99

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EDITOR'S REVIEW

Another fabulous Sticky Mosaics project with some extra value. The crowns are all modelled historic crowns that real kings wore. While this aspect of the kit didn't seem to have much impact on our younger testers, it did enhance the experience for some of our older kids. And while not all our testers chose to wear these bejeweled foam for imaginative play, some did. The only real complaint is that while the velcro fastener meant the size could be adjested for different heads, it fell off a few of the crowns, and did did have a tendency to get tangled in a child's hair. As well, like other Sticky Mosaics projects, some of the jewels fell off the completed projects (happily there are extras), esepcially since playing with the crowns meant they were more handled than the usual make & display projects. All in all though, an affordable fun project. And, with six foam crowns and a colour guide for each person, this is a perfect craft to do with friends.   

WHAT THE KIDS SAY

Bastien

9

I am not crazy about crafts and stuff, I get bored easy. This was fun to do, it was quick and not too complicated. The best part is that you can wear the crown after. And of course I am the high King. I even put the crown on my dog, that was funny. I have my nerf sword, it's a great time to be a king, I can knight my brother or my dog. I know about " Le Roi Dagobert " because of a french song I learned when I was younger, he couldn't get his clothes on right, now I wonder if that is real too? We did look it up on the internet about the King Dagobert...and he really existed and wore a crown like mine! Well, his was real.

Meir

5

I liked this art a lot.  I don't normally like arts and crafts but this was cool.  The crowns were very fancy and I like the stickers but sometimes the velcro falls off and the crowns don't stay on my head.

Mia

9

My crown is the one from King JOhn, he was the one Robin Hood was fighting against, even if he was not a nice guy, his crown is really pretty.   I did not believe he was a real person until I saw him on the internet.  I like that there was 6 crowns to do, there was enough for everyone  int he family.  We can make the size however big or small because of the velcro, the first time I had my hair caught in the velcro, that hurt !  I liked that we all had our won jewel menu that way we didn't have to fight to find out what color we needed.

Sébastien

9

I am not crazy about crafts and stuff, I get bored easy.  This was fun to do, it was quick and not too complicated.  The bast part is that you can wear the crown after.  And of course I am the high King.  I even put the crown on my dog, that was funny. 

I have my nerf sword, it's a great time to be a king, I can knight my brother or my dog

.I know about " Le Roi Dagobert " because of a french song I learned when I was younger, he couldn't get his clothes on right, now I wonder if that is real too?

We did look up on the internet aobut the King Dagobert...and he really existed and wore a crown like mine! well his was real. 

Kaï

8

love the jewels!  It was fun to do.  I can put it on my head, I can hang my crown on the side of my bed or I can make my dog wear it.  it's a lot of fun!

Olivia

5

I love making the crowns. Sometimes the gems are a little hard to put on but it's ok and I have lots of leftover jewels so I can make more crowns later with paper.

Andrew

4

I like making all these crowns, but why are there so many? Doesn't a king have one crown? I like matching the pieces to the right space. Sometimes my fingers were too big for the small spaces so i couldn't get the squares straight.

Camilla

5

I really like working with stickers. It is a lot of fun matching the stickers to the number. I used the little legend to help me remember what colour each number is. I did other mosaics but I always had to look at the back of the box for the number of the stickers. It is easier to use the little legend. My brother used his own legion so we didn't bother each other when we were working on our crowns. I wore my crown as soon as i finished making it.

WHAT ADULTS THINK

Jo M.

Parent

Over the last couple of years Connor has watched his sisters working on their sticky mosaics and often helps but always mentions that they are girly. Finally Connor has a boy mosaic to work on and he is loving it. The first day he worked on a crown and finished it within about 15 minutes. He wore the crown everywhere and people thought it was his Birthday. This crowns are matching by numbers and colours and are no problem at all for Connor. Sometimes the glue on the jewels stick to the paper they come on and so you have to peel that off and put it back on the jewel on order to stick it on the crown. The crowns just barely fit his large head so they won't fit him for long. He has finished 2 crowns within a week and is working on the third but he seems to be loosing interest.

Marie-Lise

Parent

Nice activity, the crowns themselves where easy to make, having individual reference card and more than 1 color of each sticker made it a nice family activity with no arguments.  The kids where fascinated with the idea that their crown  was like a real crown worn by royalty.  The booklet that came with the craft gave some interesting tidbits about each king, the language is made for and older child than 6.  It is unilingual English.  We went online and looked up each king, Sébastien has started wearing his nerf sword and his crown.  Mia and Sébastien are now curious about life in the middle ages, like if there was electricity in castles and did the kids go to school.

Jennifer L.

Parent

Overall, my daughter really enjoyed this project. Although at the age of five, she was not really interested in learning more about the Kings afterwhich these crowns were modelled, she did ask me to read her the little bios of the kings several time.  When we received the kit, we noticed that we were missing all of the blue mosaic pieces therefore we made all of the crown not requiring the blue mosaiac tiles first. After their completion, we realised that there were more than enough of all the other remaining tile for Olivia to use in order to complete her crowns. She really enjoyed the liberty of choosing the colors she would use for the crown which resulted in her making her favorite crown which she wears all the time for dress-up.  Unfortunetaly, the velcro fasteners don't stick very well so we end up stapling the crown. Also, the gems don't withstand much play as I have been picking up small jewels from the floor ever since we made them!

Orietta M.

Parent

I like this activity because it helps my children follow patterns and it is great for fine motor skills. It is great to build attention. And the children have a sense of accomplishment when they finish a crown. Does it matter what crown it is? No. My children really didn't care about the type of crown they were making. The trouble with these type of activities is that you get this craft and what do you do with it? My kids never used it in their imaginative play.

Brenna C.

This was a fantastic art project for a boy. My son (5) enjoyed this a lot more than I expected him to and spent several hours working on the various crowns. The fact that they were based on real crowns didn't really seem to impact his enjoyment of the toy at all; perhaps an older child would be more interested in this aspect of the kit. The crowns were visually attractive but haven't been used in any kind of dress up play, probably because they are kind of flimsy. We've also had a bit of trouble with some of the stickers and velcro staying on.

FEATURES

Manufacturer Description

Get ready to reign over your kingdom with Sticky Mosaics Crowns of Kings!  This is a craft, and educational tool and encourages imaginative play.  First, follow a simple numbered legend and decorate six different crowns using over 1300 sparkling tiles and jewel pieces.  Then, read through the educational booklet and learn about these specific designs, all based on actual historical crowns!  Finally, these crowns are great for hours of open-ended play while kids get their imaginations moving and creative juices flowing.

Model Number

81560

Year Introduced

2011

Contents

  • 6 crowns