Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter Sets deliver on their promise

By Toy Tester Dad - April 04, 2016

Melissa and Doug at Toy Universe | Melissa & Doug Toys Australia

One thing I have learnt in life is never, never, never work with Glitter, especially in your own home. Oh yeah, it’s all fun and games whilst everyone is laughing and having fun but for days afterwards you have glitter in your hair, on your eyes where you rubbed them, on clothes, furniture and carpets, the stuff is a giant messy pain.

So, I will admit I was more than a little nervous when the gang at www.toyuniverse.com.au sent me out the range of eight Melissa and Doug Mess Free Glitter to review. I had heard it before, mess free glitter - like that's even possible !

As usual the neighbours' kids arrived on mass as I arrived home and all four of them stayed to check out this interesting take on my old nemesis.  Mr James (4), Miss Emma (6), Mr Robert (6) and Miss Vanessa (8) all piled around the dining table staring at the packets of Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter piled up in the centre of the table, this did nothing to slow my heart rate so I though - let's just do this and got the vacuum cleaner out for the clean up.

With 8 different choices in the range the testing gang teamed up to do a couple of packs each. As the packets were ripped open it didn’t take long for my inner fear of a glitter cloud Armageddon to grab hold of me but to my absolute surprise, no glitter spewed out all over the table. 

On closer inspection, these kits are incredibly easy to use, the stickers are made of double sided tape, once the sticker is applied in its allocated space, and the backing paper removed you are left with a sticky surface. You then take the glitter sheet of your choice, turn it upside down and place it onto the sticky surface, rub the back of the glitter sheet and lift. You control where the glitter sticks by only removing the backing paper for the colour you are applying at that time creating the crisp clean lines of colours you see in the pictures.

There you have it. A glitter image, held perfectly by the sticker and no mess. Literally none at all.

Miss Vanessa, as the oldest had just conducted her first masterclass in glittering mess free and the gang was enthused. Each team took off, the girls made a Melissa and Doug Princess and Fairy Scene whilst the boys made a Melissa & Doug Underwater Scene.

Again, I was amazed at how quickly the room went quiet, so I went to grab a coffee. I figure if you have time to walk away from young kids, make a coffee and drink it without interruption , you are probably on a winner with the kids.

The Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter gave me about 20 minutes of “coffee & me” time before I became curious at two slightly raised voices and returned to the scene.

I was glad to see that the Glitter Armageddon I had envisioned was not unfolding and that the younger members of the gang were still working away furiously applying the glitter to the pictures. I even saw a glitter sheet that had obviously fallen to the floor without any mess.

The voices were merely the two older members of the gang “enthusiastically discussing” who would get to do the Melissa & Doug Adventure Foam Stickers or the Melissa & Doug Glitter Friendship Stickers. A few quick words and off they went again, Miss Vanessa and Mr James casually talking to me about what they were doing as they did it to show me how good they were and how well they had mastered Mess Free Glitter.

After about an hour each child had completed between 2 and 5 pages of Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter, about 15 pages in total. Each sheet was bright and colorful with beautiful glitter features and each of the images, and stickers for friends, had the glitter firmly attached.

Best of all…………my table was glitter free. Children around the world are now free to enjoy the mess free world of Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter without their parents losing the will to live as they remove glitter from their clothes and hair 3 weeks after they last thought they had cleaned up the last of it.

Glitter, in the Melissa & Doug Mess Free glitter packs, is not the evil cousin of sand in its ability to permeate every nook and cranny of your home and body. The Melissa & Doug Mess Free Glitter packs are full of fun and laughter for all ages across the range and whether artworks or stickers, will be great fun for every child. The small form makes them ideal for doing just about anywhere.



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