Staedtler kindly sent us some more bits and pieces to play with as part of our Try-It-Tribe challenges. This time we were challenged to make our own toys with the Fimo Form & Play sets!
Here are the sets they sent us – Pirate, Seaworld, and Space (I opened up the Seaworld pack so you can see what’s inside):
The sets each come with 4 blocks of Fimo Kids modeling clay (enough to make one each of the models) plus a plastic tool, and instructions on how to build the models. The packaging opens up to reveal a ‘scene’ – like a backdrop the kids can use when playing with their toys later. Cheeky Boy was quite excited when he saw the space picture – I let him watch a Star Wars movie (episode 4) for the first time a few days ago!
Little Miss chose to make the sea creatures, and Cheeky Boy unsurprisingly chose to make the space ships. We’ve kept the pirate set for a rainy day!
As the Pirate instructions are now the only ones I can find, here’s a page from inside so you can see how the instructions are displayed:
As you can see the instructions have no text, so even young kids who can’t read will be able to try and follow the pictures. It shows you how much of the Fimo block you need to use, what shapes to mould, and where to put them on the model that you are making. By the end of it Cheeky Boy (age 4 and a half) was really getting the hang of following the instructions. He could easily cut off the right amount of the right colour:
He often needed help making it into a ball or sausage shape, but then he could do the next bit of cutting and shaping. He did all the final shaping and adding to the models. He especially liked making the windows – they were not very round but he loved cutting the Fimo into little blobs, counting them to make sure he had the right number, and pressing them on:
Little Miss (age 7 and 3 quarters) did everything herself, though I did show her how to make a couple of shapes (eg. the turtle shell) then I squished it up again so she could make it. She took a lot longer to make all her models, as she was doing it a lot more carefully and trying to make them perfect. Just look at the concentration on her face:
We had a very fun time making the toys – they stayed enthusiastic the whole time we were making them.
I have a couple of tips for you:
Tip 1: Always wash your hands after moulding a dark colour, or when you start work on the next colour it will get ‘dirty’ (as Cheeky Boy said). Here’s when he’d moved from black to red without washing his hands and ended up with a marbled effect:
There’s not enough spare Fimo to replace a large part like this, so we just had to stick with it being discoloured. Most of it got covered up by windows anyway.
Tip 2: If you have any parts which might droop in the oven you can scrunch up balls of tin foil to hold them up while they are baking. Then they will stay in position once the Fimo is cooked and hard:
One final thing to say is that a couple of bits have broken off our toys while we’ve been playing with them – the tip of a spaceship and one of the crabs legs. To avoid this you could smooth the different colours of Fimo together more where they join before cooking. I’ve just glued them back on and they seem to be okay for now!
This spaceship and the crab are my favourites:
I am looking forward to when we make the pirates – and I’ve seen there’s a dino set so I want to get that too!
Do you think you or your kids would like to have a go at these?
Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.
Thanks for reading, I hope you have a fun-filled day!