Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Creating Magic with Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos

Logos of Timberdoodle and A Mom's Quest to Teach; materials in Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos kit

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos from Timberdoodle in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my Terms of Use and Disclosure Policy page. Thank you. 

This homeschool year, our first grader is studying astronomy. So, we were very excited to add in some fun and creativity with Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos. We had the opportunity to review this product thanks to Timberdoodle. They offer curriculum kits which contain a variety of learning materials including puzzles, games, and arts and crafts. 

If you are looking for an arts and crafts activity that does not require anything outside of the box that it arrives in, then the Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos kit might be a good fit for your family. Everything you need is provided in the box. 

Artistic Patch Cosmos kit box lid

What Do You Get? 

The Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos kit is packaged in a sturdy box (that is a little difficult to open) and contains the following:

  • One instructions page
Artistic Patch Cosmos kit instruction page

  • Eight sheets with stars, planets, rocket ships, alien ships, and more to create your designs 
Artistic Patch Cosmos kit 'stickers'

  • Ten foil sheets (2 purple, 2 gold, 3 red stars, 3 silver stars) 
foil from Artistic Patch Cosmos kit

  • Twelve sheets with the start of a design printed on them
sheets with space design printed on them

  • A small folder in which you can keep the images and foil
small folder with foil and 'stickers' from Artistic Patch Cosmos; space design on folder

How Did We Use Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos in Our Homeschool? 

finished Artistic Patch Cosmos design; star clipart, cover of box
With it being spring break week for us, the Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos kit was a nice way to still talk about our astronomy course while having fun. After breakfast, I sat down with our six-year-old first grader to begin creating his first images using the 'magic glue' and 'magic transfer' process to create 'magic' pictures. We laid everything out on the table to see what was contained in the kit and what his options were for creating pictures. 

After a slight hiccup (I was confused a bit by the instructions), our son created two fun pictures in about 30-45 minutes. He examined the four different options as bases for his creations and then began looking through the eight sheets to pick which images he wanted to transfer onto his picture. There are a great number of options from a variety of stars, rocket ships, planets, and astronauts. 

After picking which image to transfer, I separated it from the sheet (they are perforated and quite easy to separate). He then transferred the image. Next he picked the color foil he wished to use and I pressed the foil onto his picture. 

What Did We Think? 

The materials are all well-made and very intriguing to use to create scenes set in the cosmos. I was a bit frustrated with the instructions because they contain no text. Personally, I need text to help me figure out how to do things. So, I am sad to say I messed up the first image that our son wanted to use because I did not understand that you needed to place the plastic part onto the picture.

Artistic Patch Cosmos project being completed by child
Picking out which shapes to use.
Our six-year-old son really enjoyed the creativity that the Artistic Patch kit afforded him. He was able to pick from eight different sheets of a variety of images to create his final picture. He said that you can see the shape under the clear plastic and see how it changes as the shape becomes attached to the paper. He said he liked the actual transferring of the images. He felt that because you had to transfer the images using the 'magic glue' it was more of a craft than just putting stickers onto a page.

I also like the fact that the kit is not just stickers. The finished product looks so nice since you use the foil pages to make the image appear. My only concern is that as we use more and more of the foil, I am afraid that it will be difficult to finish out the pictures. Will we have enough foil left?

Even with my concern and initial problem, I would recommend the Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos kit to families who are looking for a fun piece to add to their homeschool day. As the product is for ages 6 to 10, I think that elementary school-aged children will have a fun time using it. A six-year-old could do it by themselves but they might make some mistakes while older children could do it all by themselves quite easily.

The Djeco Artistic Patch Cosmos is a fun inclusion in the First Grade Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit.

two finished Artistic Design Cosmos pictures - space theme


  1. HA! I would've messed it up too! But I think my 4 year old son would love this. I'm the kind of mom that would just let him have all the stuff and let him create however he wants to...because I stink at following directions, even if it is written out. lol

    1. My kids have this need to follow directions and get things perfect. I felt bad that I messed up one of the 'stickers' but my son was so forgiving.

  2. This looks really cool a d fun for the kids! Thanks for sharing!