Making or building something using do-it-yourself kits has been a popular pastime during the pandemic, with many homebound folks turning to hobbies to cope with quarantine.
Even before COVID-19, experts attest to the benefits of creating something “tangible” to mental health.
“A lot of our brain is devoted to movement,” said Kelly Lambert, professor at Randolph-Macon College of Ashland in Virginia, USA. “So hobbies and activities that use our hands … (like) gardening, building model airplanes, and knitting could be the key to mental health because they activate a lot of our brain.”
While hobby kits are NOT a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment, they may help in keeping your mind occupied and getting the family together. These are a few examples:
Choose your kit
Hobby Buddy (@hobbybuddyph) is a one-stop shop for hobby kits. It offers embroidery kits, resin kits, paint by numbers kits, and plant kits, so you can create your own set of earrings, paint landscapes and other sketches, plant your own herbs, or sew and embroider.
Prices of each kit range from P400 to P600.
Eat your kit
Online pastry shop The Accidental Bakester (@the.accidental.bakester) offers DIY cookie kits, in addition to its cakes and cupcakes. The kit, ideal as a party favor, includes sugar cookies, colored frostings, toppings and candies, and an instruction guide. Customers may even request a special packaging with a letter.
The cookie kit may come in any theme the customer wants (shapes, animals, BTS members, Among Us, etc.) It starts at P400.
Learn from your kit
The Curated Stop (@thecuratedstop) is all about fun and learning with its customized party kits, STEM activity kits, and sensory play boxes.
Kits include the Little Learner, with tubs of water beads, kinetic sand, sand toys, Play-Doh clay tubs, clay tools, and others. It also has the Little Astronaut, which consists of Elmer’s glitter glue and magical liquid, kinetic sand, glow-in-the-dark stars and gemstones, hand-sewn felt toys, and others. Also available are Rainbow Filly, First Explorers, Little Artist & IKEA, and The Submariner, among others. Kits range from P480 to P4,380.
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