A friend of mine gave my daughter great big bag full of different colored packets of Crayola Model Magic for her birthday. If you're not familiar with Model Magic, it's a lightweight clay that kids can mold into shapes and then allow to air dry. After it dries, you can paint it or even color it with marker. Feel free to read more about Model Magic HERE. (This is not an affiliate link.)
My very creative and crafty friend, Kristin, mentioned that her kids once did a craft where they flattened Model Magic into a jar lid and then pushed pony beads into it to make a decoration. It was then that I thought to use cookie cutters to create Christmas shapes to decorate with pony beads. What we would do with the shapes when they were finishd was yet to be determined, but the activity sounded like something my daughter would enjoy!
We allowed the shapes to dry inside the cookie cutters for 36 hours. What I had noticed upon removing the candy cane from its cookie cutter was that it had cracked because the beads were placed too closely together. The Christmas tree also had a hairline crack, but did not break apart. If you decide to have your child do this craft, make sure that he/she spreads the beads out so that the Model Magic can wrap completely around them.
Now to decide what to do with the finished shapes! With one almost broken in half, I wanted to come up with a way to hold it together without it being obvious that it was glued. Perhaps we could attach the shapes to something? And then it hit me- let's affix something to them! So, the magnet idea was born. Hot glue and a few magnet strips was all it took to turn these little gems into adorable decorations for the fridge.
I'm planning on having my tot make these again in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Day presents for grandparents. Next time, I'll know to offer fewer beads and to make sure my little one scatters them out a bit more so that no cracks form! Live and learn! :)
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