Are you a crafty person? Not in the devious sense but in the artsy sense. 🙂 I would not consider myself an artist. I cannot distinguish hues of color nor do I have a steady hand for drawing or painting. However, give me some construction paper or a cardboard box, and I can make anything you like — Well, anything that will make a 5-year-old squeal with glee. We have tried our hand at some other projects. One memorable one was paper mâché. My kids HATED it. It was messy and hard to handle. They didn’t even want to finish their projects. So, when I was given the opportunity to try a sculpting kit, I was a little hesitant, but I am sure glad I did: Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit by ACTÍVA Products eliminated the messy and unmanageable aspects of sculpting, making our second attempt at this type of project more successful.
The Product: Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit
Set up was extremely easy. I put newspapers down to manage the mess and put a container of warm water in the middle of the table. DONE! What you need for you project really depends on what it is. My son printed out a profile of a dinosaur skull and glued it to a piece of cardboard. My daughter and I cut a mask shape out of cardboard and glued a cardboard horn to it. Then, I just cut pieces of the Rigid Wrap, the kids dipped it in the warm water, and they moulded it however they needed. They could bunch it up to create depth, wrap it around objects (like a unicorn horn) to stabilize and join pieces, or stretch it flat to create a smooth surface. They were able to manipulate the materials 100% independently.
After the creations were finished, we let them dry overnight. Then we painted them with acrylic paints, sparkled and dazzled them according to our whim.
The Finished Products
Easy Set Up/Little Prep
I love how easy set up was. I seriously didn’t have to invest a lot of time getting this project going.
This project was WAY less messy than traditional paper mâché, where glue got everywhere and my kids had to wash their hands 50 times.
The kids could manipulate the material to do what they wanted by themselves.
I love how I can use this not only to be creative but also to reinforce what we are learning in school with theme-related projects.
We loved this product and will be using it again! Maybe during our ‘knights theme’ this spring….
Till Next Time,