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Fab Effex

Fab Effex

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $19.99

FAB Effex is a craft kit full of sticky-backed fabric pieces in a wide range of patterns, colors, and shapes. The backing is waxy, so pieces can adhere to each other and many other surfaces but can be removed without leaving a mark. The fabric is stiff enough that it can be molded into three-dimensional shapes and will hold in those shapes. The project idea book shows three-dimensional animals and play food as well as numerous decorated surfaces, such as cans, pencils, notebooks, even walls. The set also contains scissors and a glossy card sheet to which the fabric pieces adhere well. An animal-shaped mold and plastic circles for molding a heart, star, or circle shape are included too. More molds can be easily constructed out of cardboard or aluminum foil. There were so many pieces included in the set that even after using the kit for several days in a row there seemed to be hundreds of pieces left, though the crafters used up the full-sized sheets all too quickly. This is a favorite set for the children, because so many things can be made with it, and a favorite for the parents, because it has such easy clean-up and no permanent stickiness.

Emily Crawford   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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