Review of the Colossal Barrel of Crafts® by Chenille Kraft

If your kids love the British TV show Mr Maker and his endless craft project ideas, then they will really enjoy getting a Colossal Barrel of Crafts (R) to play with. This plastic bin has many of the same craft items that Mr Maker uses to create his interesting paintings, miniature buildings and people, sculpted animals and other great ideas. 

How much fun will your kids have with a plastic barrel full of markers, colored paper, different sizes of googly eyes, pipe cleaners, fuzzy balls, cut out shapes, glitter, sequins, popsicle sticks and more?  A whole lot of fun when these craft items are added to basics like white glue, colored paper, little rocks and newspaper.

The Colossal Barrel of Crafts is not the cleanest toy around.  Actually, you may need to get the vacuum cleaner out because it's actually pretty messy.  But remember, messy is fun and being creative is so much better than watching the boobtube all the time.

What is Included in the Barrel of Crafts?

A whole bunch of fun craft supplies that will stimulate creativity and provide hours of fun for your kids.  The craft supplies include a selection of:

Colossal Barrel of Crafts®

  • Modeling clay 
  • Clay cutters 
  • Pom Poms 
  • Feathers
  • Chenille stems 
  • Googly eyes
  • Buttons and 
  • Glitter glue pens
  • Wonder foam shapes, 
  • Sequins
  • Spangles 
  • Glitter poms 
  • Pony beads 
  • Rainbow cord 
  • Wonderfoam sheets and
  • Jumbo craft sticks

All items are made from non-toxic materials.  There are about 3.8 pounds of supplies in the barrel.

What Else Will You Need?

The Colossal Barrel of Crafts includes all the harder to find items that you don't necessarily have around the house.  To do many craft projects you will want to put together a supplementary box of items like:

  • Newspaper
  • Colored Paper
  • Felt and Fabric 
  • Glue
  • Plastic bags to store loose pieces in
  • Rocks and nuts to decorate and make into bugs

We bought our daughter one of these craft barrels and she digs into it nearly every day, even though she is under the recommended age.  It provides her with hours of enjoyment and makes for great family activities.  She likes to build popsicle puppets, draw pictures, and decorate rocks into little animals.

Here is what another parent has to say about the Colossal Barrel of Crafts

"This is an EXCELLENT gift and an excellent VALUE! There is so much here for kids (and parents) to sort through and create wonderfully fun little projects. It's also a little lesson in problem-solving, in that there is so very much here to select from and work with. Kids will have to consider what to choose, what they would like to match with the project they want to invent -- it's endless fun and an adventure in arts and crafts! " 

You can get the Colossal Barrel of Crafts, perfect for following along with Mr. Maker crafts, at Amazon or in selected stores.  Another great creative toy my daughter loves to work with is Playfoam from Educational Insights and you can read our experience with it by following the link.