My eldest daughter really loves art projects. Give her an art pad and some colored pencils or crayons and she will be entertained for a good hour or more by herself. Since she tends to have such an affinity for drawing or art projects, I am always looking for new ideas of things to do to keep her interested.
My cousins came for a visit over the summer and not only did they bring some awesome colored pencils, paper pad and stickers, they also brought a really cool make your own eraser kit! Within the compact plastic case, you saw pristine squares of soft colored rubber waiting to be molded into whatever your imagination and hands were capable of. She was so excited when she got this gift that she proceeded to show it to me every day until I said we had time to do this project. I finally relented after a couple of days (so this post has been a long time coming!)
The cool thing is this material is a lot like play-doh except once you are done, you bake it in the oven and it will harden into an usable eraser. When I asked her what she wanted to make, she immediately decided on a pink piggie. Pink is one of her favorite colors right now so I’m hardly surprised she found a way to use the pink first.
I busted out a 1/2″ diameter wood dowel, some toothpicks, and a plastic for and knife to use as shaping tools for our projects. I decided to make a purple dinosaur (not Barney)! It was quite fun and as you worked longer with the original material, it became more pliable and moldable, although it did get stickier as well.
I helped my daughter get the shape just right after her first go of it by herself. I showed her how to add a hole in the bottom so you could mount it on a pencil, how to attach limbs, etc. It was very similar to working on a clay sculpture. I think that the end results are super cute and my daughter had such a great time making these. I can’t wait for round two!