I know it may sound selfish, but when the children want to play with my expensive crafty items, it normally feels me with dread. They open my inks and liquid pearls and loose the lids and leave them to go dry. It drives me mad!
Luckily I got a delivery of coloured air dry clays, in various colours. In Hobbycraft they even do luminous colours.
My children are 9, 7 and 6, we spent the afternoon making a pumpkin patch and had so much fun!