Seal of Approval
Overall 7
Play Value 10
Cost Value 7
Design 6
Quality 5
Parent Appeal 8

Make Your Own Light-Up Water Globe

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Age:7+
MSRP:$21.99 ca
$15.99 us
Model:#6102
Batteries:
3 x LR44 (Included)

Our testers loved watching their coloured Shrinky Dink creations shrinking in the oven, and besides the usual thrill of a water globe, the fact that this light-up version also makes a great night light puts this kit on a level of supercraft - especially with all the exciting, kid-pleasing details like lots of glitter/sequins and the gem that goes in the center of the globe. As well, the kit provides a plastic dome which not only looks more like a real water globe, but is more light-weight and kid-friendly than a recycled jar version of the craft. Unfortunately there's a 'but'. The seal keeping the water inside the globe is not as secure as parents would like. It's just a ring of Plasticine that you press the dome into - there's not even a threaded screw-like connection to hold it in place. Using enough Plasticine, and with minimal handling the globes didn't leak, but worry over the inferior quality of the seal dampened our tester's enjoyment of the final product. For the most part the completed water globes just sat on display, testers were afraid to even shake them as you would a ordinarily do. Nevertheless, it was such a great crafty experience that we still recommend it, although we suggest you use a hot glue gun instead of the Plasticine to seal the dome.