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Pottery Cool Studio

Pottery Cool Studio

Fall 2016 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $39.99

Pottery Cool Studio is a beginning craft set that includes twenty-six pieces: the Pottery Cool Clay Studio, one spray bottle, one tool holder, four clay disks, one paint brush, two sculpting tools, two coring tools, two cores, two sleeves, ten paints, and instructions: everything ready to get started. It also includes a carrying case, which makes for easy travel and storage.

The written instructions are complex in places, but the illustrations - not to mention practice - give children tools and skills to complete the projects. Children can customize their projects with sculpting tools and a variety of bright and attractive paints.

As packaged, the product includes materials to create six projects: a jewelry holder, puppy picture holder, turtle dish, smart phone speaker, cupcake pencil holder, and a pencil topper. Testers reported completing several projects in one day, which had they not been so enthralled, could easily have been spread out through many sessions or shared among friends for a playdate or small gathering.

Not only does the kit encourage artistic and creative pursuits, but it also helps to hone fine motor skills (e.g., using the sculpting tools to decorate projects, properly shaping the clay while on the wheel, etc.). Packs of four clay disks can be purchased for $6.99 at craft national retailers.

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