Most often they do just look around. But my little girls saw this Mould and Paint kit and they said that they wanted to buy it. Since they still have some of their Christmas money gift, I let them buy it. Besides, the item was something they could do and learn something from. Plus, they get to develop their art and craft skills.
So here in this post, I would like to share what came out of this project.
|Mould and Paint Garden Kit|
I had to do the moulding part though I think next time my eldest daughter can do it. The kit contained plaster of Paris (looks like white flour) and a plastic mold. The instruction said I had to add some water to the plaster of Paris and mix it. Then after it is well-blended, the mixture is poured onto the plastic mold.
|Plaster of Paris and Water|
|Mixture of Plaster of Paris and Water|
Be sure to gently tap the plastic mold to remove air bubbles. Then let it dry for about 30 minutes. Plaster of Paris sets quickly so one has to move fast also. It actually took less than 30 minutes to dry them and we were able to remove them from the plastic mold.
|Plaster of Paris Poured into Plastic Mould|
|Moulded Plaster of Paris shaped as flowers, butterflies, bird, beetle|
Now comes the part where my kids enjoyed themselves – painting. The kit also came with some paint and a brush. Since the paint consisted only of primary colors, we had to mix some of them. You’ve got to know your secondary and tertiary color wheel to know what to mix to get a particular color, but don’t worry, there was a guide printed on the instructions.
My 3 girls each had 2 designs to paint. The designs included a bird, 2 flowers, 2 butterflies and a beetle. They actually copied the color of the objects on the box. Maybe next time they can choose their own color. Look at how pretty the resulting projects are.
|Painting the Butterfly Mould|
|Painted Moulds - all designs|
By the way, this kit also had magnetic strips included. We glued them to the back of the plastic molds and so the items became refrigerator magnets. There was also optional pins that can be attached at the back. I was so glad about the pretty project and these served as the presents of my 2 girls to their teacher last Teacher’s Day, February 14.
I think I would like to buy the other kits of this Mould and Paint so we could have other designs of plastic molds. The plaster of Paris can be bought from the Hardware store so they could make more. I suggested to my daughter that we make many of these this summer and perhaps sell them. We’ll see…
What do you think about this art project?