My kids have been having fun with Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products. Evie (6) is finally old enough to earn badges in American Heritage Girls. She has worked on some over the summer. One of the activities in the Dawn of our Country badge was to make a model of the Liberty Bell. We did this as a fun Fourth of July activity for the 3 youngest. For our next project, they each made a project from the FREE ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS ebook.
We started with Rigid Wrap. This plaster coated mesh fabric was easy to work with. We used foam cups as a form for our bells. I cut the wrap into strips for the kids to dip in their water container and form their bell.
(Please excuse the real life clutter and the kid with no shirt on, I try to be perfect online, but sometimes our real life shows through, lol!!!)
The material was quite forgiving allowing the smaller kids to re-position, but still began to dry pretty quickly. I let it dry for a few hours, then pulled the foam cup out and allowed it to fully dry.
Evie (6) chose the sarcophagus. This was a neat project. I cut out the pattern from the ebook and two of the shapes out of cardboard. Evie crumpled up newspaper and put it between the two pieces of cardboard. We used a little bit of painters tape (it was handy) to keep it all together. Then she wrapped it in the plaster strips.
David (11) chose to make a volcano. He attached a paper cup to a piece of cardboard and began forming his volcano with Rigid Wrap. Originally he thought he would make it erupt, but he has changed his mind and it’s now a pencil holder for his desk.
After kneading it, it turns into a mold able clay. There were so neat ideas in the ebook and some projects that used the CelluClay with the Rigid Wrap. We chose to make a small bowl and a few beads. We baked them in the oven at 190 degrees to dry them a little quicker. They will be painted with acrylic paint soon.
The CelluClay was very dusty and quite messy. It was an interesting experience, but we preferred the Rigid Wrap, because it was less messy and set up more quickly. We still have some CelluClay left, so we will be trying it again.
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