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My son received some money for his birthday back in May and I had told him I would take him shopping to spend it. One of the items he chose to buy was the glow in the dark mould and paint dinosaurs kit.
==What is it?==
The product is basically a kit which allows you to make glow in the dark dinosaur magnets or badges.
The set comes packaged in quite a sturdy cardboard box which opens at the top. On the front of the box you have the product name central but you also have pictures of six colourful dinosaurs each of which you can make using the kit.
Inside the kit you receive the following items:
-a plastic tray with six dinosaur shapes imprinted in to it
-two bags of plaster of paris powder
-six small pots of paint
-two sachets of glow in the dark paint
-six badge pins
My son was keen to try out the kit as soon as we got home and so we lay out the pieces of the kit on the kitchen table and set about getting ready.
What I liked about this set was that although you only need one bag of plaster to make the dinosaurs you are provided with two bags with the kit meaning that you can use it on another occasion as well. All too often these sort of kits come with just enough to use it once which seems a shame really.
I mixed the plaster for my son so that we could be sure that it was mixed properly and I did it in a bowl. You should pour the water slowly whilst stirring but it is important not to stir for too long as the mixture soon begins to set.
Once I had mixed the plaster I gave my son a spoon to put the mixture in to the moulds. The instructions suggested pouring the mixture but the actual dinosaur shapes are quite small and I knew that using a spoon would be the best method for my son as it would allow more accuracy. Each shape on the tray took a couple of spoons of mixture to fill them and once they were full my son tapped the mould tray a few times to try and eliminate any air bubbles which may be in the mixture. At this point my son added badges to three of the six dinosaurs as if you want to make the badges you must add the pins to the moulds whilst the plaster is still wet.
The plaster felt dry after thirty minutes but we left them around an hour to be sure. The plaster came out of the mould really easily which surprised me as something things like this can be a bit tricky to remove...shaker makers I am looking at you! The dinosaurs did have a few little air bubbles here and there but for the most part looked good.
My son and I set about painting the models and he wanted to copy the colours used on the dinosaurs on the front of the box which involved doing some mixing of the colours but there is a helpful guide provided on the instructions on which colours to mix. The models are pretty small really and my son was frustrated at times that he couldn't be as accurate as he would have liked to have been but I encouraged him that his creations would be wonderful regardless and he was happy to carry on painting them.
My son wanted to make three badges and three magnets. Now with the badges as I mentioned earlier you need to set them in to the plaster whilst the mixture is setting but you need to stick the magnets on after the models have dried. The magnets have a removable back which reveals an adhesive surface but we found this just didn't stick well so I used superglue to ensure they were properly secured.
Once the models are dry you can use the glow in the dark paint on them either all over or just to highlight certain points on them. We found that they didn't really glow much in the dark but my son wasn't overly bothered by this fact and was pleased with his creations all the same.
I have to say this was a nice little activity which spread over the afternoon took up around two and a half hours to complete for my son and I. He could complete many parts independently thus giving him a real sense of achievement in his work. It is a shame that the paintbrush provided isn't a bit thinner at the end so to allow for more detail when painting but as I said my son was happy with his creations in the end.
This set cost £8.00 from a local toy shop but it is also available on amazon. I think this is a decent amount to pay really for a kit which allows you to make two sets of six little dinosaurs and my son likes the fact that the ones he made are sitting proudly on the fridge. You can also buy other versions of this set such as a fairies one which is obviously more targeted at girls and I would certainly recommend giving it a go.
Thank you for reading my review!
A fun and easy-to-do moulding plaster and painting kit. Make up your own glow in the dark dinosaur fridge magnet or badge. Each kit contains a mould with 6 dinosaur designs and includes all you need to make badges or fridge magnets, including plaster and paints.