Magnificent Model Magic Museum

My two children have spent many hours over the past year making objects out of a clay compound known as Model Magic. My 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son mix blue, red, yellow, and white to create a variety of colors. For beginners interested in trying some of these projects, I recommend purchasing Crayola 57-4415 Model Magic Modeling Compound, 2-lb. Bucket, Asstd Colors, Four 8-oz. Pouches, but our family uses so much that we actually purchase the Class Pack. If you would like more colors to choose from, you can also try the Deluxe Variety Pack.

The Gallery

Here are some scenes my kids created using Model Magic, my daughter’s artwork and various items.

Clay Woodland Minpins

Woodland Minpins

Clay Fairy

Fairy in the Land of Mushrooms

Clay Gnomes

Gnomes in Front of Their Acorn House

Clay Wizard

The Wizard Crescent Moon

Clay Baby Troll

Baby Troll

Model Magic Mermaid

Mermaid Under the Sea

Model Magic Eskimos

Eskimo Family

Model Magic Native American

Iroquois Longhouse

Model Magic Owl

Majestic Snowy Owl

Model Magic Camping

Camp-out

Clay Winter Scene

Ice Skaters on a Frozen Lake

Clay Christmas

Christmas in Santa’s Workshop

Clay Baymax Nursery

Baymax Nursery

Clay Misfit Toys

Land of the Misfit Toys

Clay Robots

Robot Friends

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Create Your Own Paper Crafts with These 4 Activity Books!

Paper crafts have long been common in Japan and now they are becoming more popular in the U.S. as well, thanks to some amazing books that will entertain your children (or you), while promoting hand-eye coordination at the same time.

Papertoy Monsters: Make Your Very Own Amazing Papertoys!
Brian Castleforte
Ages 5+

My children received this title for Christmas and it was a huge hit. The book contains 50 pre- perforated monsters, ready to pop-up, fold and glue. Also included are 10 blank templates, and I wish the kit had included more, because my 5-year-old son really enjoys creating monsters from scratch. Eventually the kids made so many monsters that we needed to bring my daughter’s doll house downstairs to house them all. I like how this set is boy-friendly, while still appealing to girls. The kids love how each monster has a detailed story that accompanies it. A true winner!

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My Book Of Easy Crafts
Kumon
Ages 4+

Kumon is famous for their academic classes and workbooks. But they also produce beautiful crafting books for younger children. My Book of Easy Crafts contains many folding and cutting projects that are both educational and fun. Most four-year-olds will need extra help, but the results are worth the trouble!

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My Book of Amazing Crafts (Kumon Workbooks)Kumon
Ages 5/6+

The crafts in this activity books are similar to My Book of Easy Crafts, but increase in difficulty. This was the first paper crafting book my daughter ever did and she has been hooked ever since.

Paper Wonderland: 32 Terribly Cute Toys Ready to Cut, Fold & Build
Michelle Romo
Ages 8+

This book is considerably more challenging than the others mentioned above. Some of the projects are so sophisticated that adults would find it challenging and enjoyable. For instance, one craft is a toaster that actually pops out little paper toast! That said, my 8-year-old daughter adores this book. She carefully constructed each item and took enormous pride in her accomplishments. 

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Here are few more books that we have not yet tried, but plan on getting soon. Enjoy!

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2013 Gift Giving Ideas: 14 Plush Characters From Children’s Literature

Children learn best through creative play and at least in my house that play often involves a pile of stuffed toys. Each and every one of my kids’ beloved plush animals has a name, back story and designated location in the house. So if you are looking for a holiday gift for that special child in your life, here are fourteen (plus) book/toy pairings that promote literacy and fun.

Book: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Character Traits: Peter Rabbit is adventurous and daring, but he sometimes has difficulty extracting himself from tricky situations.
Toy: Nursery Peter Rabbit, 11″ Plush – $17.30

Book: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Character Traits: Pigeon knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it – even if that means throwing a fit.
Toy: Stuffed Pigeon Toy (with Voice) – $23.41

Book: We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) , among others, by Mo Willems
Character Traits: Gerald is cautious and anxious, but very devoted to his friend. Piggie is carefree and funloving. Together, they make a great combo.
Toy: Elephant 7″ & Piggie 5″ Soft Toys – $15

Book: Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss
Character Traits: Horton is cares for his friends – no matter how small.
Toy: Dr Seuss Collection – Horton Plush – $19

Book: Olivia by Ian Falconer
Character Traits: Olivia is smart, determined and highly dramatic.
Toy: Olivia Large Plush Cuddle Buddy – $16.65

Book: Duck & Goose
Character Traits: Duck and Goose are best of friends, but they don’t always see eye-to-eye.
Toy: 9″ Duck & Goose Doll Plush Pair - $15

Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Character Traits: Like all toddlers, Llama gets nervous when his mama isn’t around, especially at nighttime!
Toy: Llama Llama 13.5″ Plush Stuffed Animal Doll – $15.17

Book: The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition by Margret and H.A. Rey
Character Traits: George is curious, of course, and somewhat of a troublemaker, but he is always eager to help out.
Toy: Gund 16″ Curious George Plush Figure – $18.31

Book: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Character Traits: Madeline is the smallest and bravest of the little girls at her boarding school.
Toy: My Friend Madeline Soft Doll 10″ – $18.90

Book: Paddington by K.W. Alley
Character Traits: Paddington is a very well-mannered bear from Peru, who manages to get into quite a few scrapes.
Toy: My First Paddington Bear 7.25 Plush Teddy Bear Stuffed Animal by Yottoy $20.80

Book: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Character Traits: Knuffle Bunny is a loyal friend, unless she is accidentally misplaced by her owner.
Toy: Knuffle Bunny – $23.40

Book: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean
Character Traits: Pete likes to play it cool, even when things don’t go his way.
Toy: Merrymakers Pete the Cat Doll – $14.59

More Stuffed Toys Based on Children’s Literature

Happy Holidays!

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