*Disclosure: I’m not a fan of messes, but I love it when my kids spend time in creative pursuits. For this reason, I accepted a free IDO3D product, and I am sharing it with you because I think your family might enjoy it too. I was compensated for the time it took me to write this review, but I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Cool Crafts for Older Kids – IDO3D
When our IDO3D kit arrived, my kids were ecstatic. I, on the other hand, was intimidated, nervous, and reluctant. I am not a crafty mom, and I don’t enjoy cleaning up messes that I consider unnecessary. I do, however, think creativity is a wonderful thing, so I have learned to make my peace with some of the mess that comes with the creative process.
My kids are older, ages ten and twelve, but they were eager to get started. I was pleased to find everything we needed in the kit (with the exception of the three AAA batteries for the spotlight). We all picked a project, and then we took turns using the plastic sheet, pens, and spotlight. The kids each chose to do one of the flower necklaces in the guide book. My younger daughter took the first turn placing the plastic sheet over the project in the book and tracing it with the 3D pens.
The key to getting the necklaces to turn out and do so quickly was to stop regularly and shine the spotlight on the designs they had just traced. They held the spotlight about a half-inch above the ink, and we actually did it from both above and below. Within a few seconds, the ink was partially cured, and they moved on to another part of the flower. Overall, they were pleased with the results. My older daughter achieved finer detail in hers, but my younger daughter thought her project turned out well for our first try with the IDO3D kit.
I did the flower pot project, and it was more complicated. I did need one of my daughters to shine the spotlight on the places where I was connecting the pieces together. The flower pot itself was definitely the trickiest part of the project to assemble, but we got it finished!
My children understood the process without any trouble. My twelve-year-old did her entire project herself. My ten-year-old needed help squeezing the pens because she has diminished hand strength and fine motor delays. I put my hand over hers and squeezed the pen, and my daughter guided it to create the project.
In about an hour and a half, we had completed three projects that were mostly cured. (We accomplished this by stopping frequently to cure pieces of the projects as we finished them.) We have plenty of ink left to do more projects, which is something my kids are excited about.
The ink does have an odor, but it wasn’t something that we couldn’t overlook. This kit wasn’t nearly as messy as I thought it might be, although we did a lot of hand washing as we went because we did get ink on our skin a few times.
I am looking forward to doing more of these projects with my kids. They want to tackle one of the intermediate or advanced projects next time, and they’re planning to spread it over a few days so that the pieces can fully cure before they’re assembled. A sunny windowsill should help with that after we start the process with the spotlight.
Our first experience with IDO3D was a good one, and it’s something we’re planning to use again and again. My kids are already trying to figure out how to get more pen colors. This is a fun family activity but is definitely something for older kids. Children younger than the recommended age of 8 really wouldn’t be able to handle the entire process easily.
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