Simple model magic Christmas ornaments for kids to make. Parents can also help children make these beautiful handprint ornaments.
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Making Model Magic Christmas Tree Ornaments
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. 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.
Model Magic Nativity Ornament
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.
What should we craft next? Do you have a handmade ornament that we should try? How about a Model Magic project?
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