How much would you pay for a one-hour activity for your child?
I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 for Easy to Make Clay Art kit.
These things are a gamble. They are created for the lowly-minded of us who WANT to give our children art and creativity but fantastically fail at doing so, such that they can stuff into a box items that I:
- already have
- do not need
- are entirely disposable and not at all biodegradable (i.e., plastic)
- should have been able to come up with of my own volition
The kit contained: nine rolls of assorted colored clay; a tiny, plastic, air-filled roller; a plastic knife (blue); three tiny, plastic cookie cutter type stencils; and a bunch of animal parts in the form of cardboard cut-outs.
It was a bit disappointing.
I could have purchased modeling clay in a variety of colors. We even could have bought the type you bake and then you have forever art. The roller that came with our kit was pretty much good for nothing other than whacking your sister without causing damage.
The only thing that really matters is that Erma was overjoyed to roll the clay. She had no idea what an art-fail this was to me, in that I could not even get the plastic roller to flatten the clay AT ALL. Ben finally broke out the real-deal rolling pin and then we were in business. Not that Erma cared about that either: “Now I’m going to use the tiny little rolling pin. Now I’m going to use the BIIIIG rolling pin.” It was all good to her.
The easy kit says that we will want to show all our friends our creations. We do what the box says.