For now, I live in a house of boys (baby girl is coming, she’ll be here in April!) so it’s only inevitable that Creepy Crawlers would enter our realm of “I want that!”. We were lucky enough (the boys, not me) to receive this awesome kit from BJ’s Wholesale Club to review. If you have a boy on your Christmas list that you still need to buy for, this makes a great last-minute gift idea! Don’t think he’d like to make gross, creepy bugs? Then BJ’s has a whole catalog of toys you can browse to find that perfect gift.
The hubs and B thought this was great, and watching the process of making a bug it looked neat and pretty simple to do.
First (after making sure you have 4 – D size batteries) you put the bug eggs (those little jelly looking ice cube things) into the top of the bug maker. You flip it on, and wait for it warm up (there’s a green ‘ready’ light). Once it’s green, it’s time to press the lever down and slowly push the plunger down to inject the liquid grossness into the mold. The Bug Goo? If you make a hollow bug, you can fill it with that… and those are the ones you can smash. GROSS!
Once the mold is filled, you have to let it cool down. You can speed this process up by “Quick Cooling”, which is submerging the mold in ice water. As you can see, I did not fill our bowl full enough for the whole mold to go in. This was a good thing, since Hubs later spilled the bowl and tried to blame it on B. Men.
Once it’s cooled, it’s time to get it out of the mold. We lost several spider legs during this process, which is still incredibly gross (this toy is not for me, I am not a fan of bugs obviously). After you freak out your mom or sibling with the bug, you can put it through the Bug Grinder, and as pictured, grind it up! You can then ‘recycle’ the ground up bug back into the machine to make another! The instructions say to only reuse the compound “a few times”, so I figure 3 or 4 times is plenty.
B says this was really cool, and he did okay with all of the waiting (to warm/heat up the compound, and then cooling) which surprised me. Hubs says this was a great flashback since he used to have the original Creepy Crawlers that used a miniature oven.
Overall, with two boys in the house, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of creepy crawly gross bugs for years to come!
Product was provided for review by BJ’s Wholesale Club, however all opinions are my own.