It's been crazy around my house lately with illnesses, late night sewing and then there is always homeschool. So, I was so thrilled when I was hired by IDO3D to try out their product and tell you about it. It is a fun and easy craft for kids, and would even be a great Christmas gift!
Here is the product right out of the box. You are provided with 5, 3D drawing pens, a 3D guide book, a UV light, 1 plastic sheet and 2 shapes.
The idea is to take the plastic sheet, lay it over the project you are ready to create, and then use the pen to trace and the UV light to cure it.
The book has a variety of projects to help your little ones get started. There are 'beginner projects' and then as you move through the book the projects get a little more complicated.
We soon realized that there is a slight learning curve to this activity. Our first project was supposed to be a flower in a pot. Our lines were a little thin, so everything was too fragile to work with at first and so the girls just moved on. However, I'm sure that if we would have went back to it later, we would have nailed it.
My girls were eager to try out the dome shapes that came with the kit. There was a section in the book where it said to place the dome over the picture and trace the drawings. When we did this, however, you could not see the design at all.
So, they went to work making their own design, which was bound to happen anyway.
You do have to squeeze the pens hard and this was a little more difficult for my 7.5 yr old. This is probably one of the reasons the kit is for children 8 and up. My 9 year old said her fingers were getting sore, but she was not going to let that stop her. She ended up making a beautiful ball!
There is also a small egg shaped dome in the kit. My youngest really enjoyed using the egg shape.
My creative girl made her 1/2 egg shape into a couple of turtles. Pretty creative. huh?!
One of the most popular projects in our house was, "Make a Monkey!" I think they made a total of 6 monkeys and then had a great time playing with them when they were finished.
It was a nice sunny day, so once we soon realized it was much easier to set our projects in the sun to cure. However, when you are trying to make nice detailed lines for the more advanced projects, be sure to use the UV light provided to cure as you go. If you leave the gel sitting, it will begin to spread out and you won't get nice crisp lines.
The glasses are pretty cool! Are they me?
So, that was our big crafting adventure for the day. My girls gave the 3D pens 5 out of 5 stars. As I said, my girls are 7.5 and 9, so they stuck with the easier projects. The ink/gel in the pens never ran out during this first crafting experience. I think we were crafting for about 3 hours off and on. The only complaint from my kiddos was that they wished the kit would have come with a blue and a pink pen. Other than that, they said they are definitely excited about using it again someday soon. Maybe on a snow day??? Yes, we homeschoolers do have snow days!
If you are interested in purchasing the IDO3D Kit you can find it on Amazon HERE.
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