Crayola very kindly sent us a lovely gift pack this month, and four-year-old Lily had a wonderful time making Crayola Model Magic ornaments with me while the two oldest kids were at school and Anna was napping! She used this set of pottery tools (affiliate link) that I ordered after seeing it at Afterschool for Smarty Pants. It’s a little sophisticated for Model Magic, and Lily is on the younger end, but she knows how to use real tools properly, and she loved how easily they manipulated the Model Magic!
Lily came up with the idea of what to make all on her own. I love the way she used the flat end of her tool to make the sun’s rays – so pretty, and I never would have thought to do that! It took a few tries, but she eventually was able to get her name written on the sun in points so that she was happy with how it looked – you can see it in the middle row here:
Lily also made this handprint ornament on her own – no doubt inspired by Anna’s baby handprint ornament. I would have done it a little differently, but then it would be my ornament, not Lily’s! I love this as a memory of her creativity at age four.
I find that crafting alongside my kids is one of the easiest ways of keeping myself from interfering with what they are making! I enjoyed making this simple nativity ornament. Model magic is a little unique to work with (sort of like working with moldable marshmallows, only it sticks to itself very well, but not to you). I did the little neck shaping on the people once the clay was on the black background using one of the tools we had; a fork or toothpick would also work. The star one large triangle with three smaller ones added, and then blended together.
I added a loop behind the star to hang it. This would not work with play dough or probably even salt dough, but model magic sticks to itself super well and is very lightweight, so I think it will hold over time without too much trouble.
Crayola is generously offering one reader of this blog with a US address the same gift pack we receive – everything shown below plus a $25 Walmart gift card. Perfect for keeping your kids creatively engaged throughout this winter! You can enter by filling in the form that is directly underneath this photo.
We haven’t broken into the glitter glue or colored pencils yet (both are products I have purchased in the past), but Emma has been using the Slick Stix to make cards for teachers – she loves how vibrant the colors are and how quiet they are! Anna has been using the washable markers to make some art of her own:
What crafting has your family been enjoying lately? Do you have a handmade ornament that we should try? How about a Model Magic project?
The Crayola product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Crayola. All opinions are my own.