Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bub & Me: Doh Vinci DIY Kids Craft Kits

The hazy / rainy season is here in Singapore again and it’s always good to have more indoor craft ideas up our sleeves. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen Doh Vinci in stores already since it was launched early this year. From the good people that brought us Play-Doh, Doh Vinci is a new kind of Play-Doh that sticks to surfaces such as wood, glass, paper etc. and hardens overnight to easily create beautiful 3D art designs.

The newly formulated Play-Doh comes in fine-tipped cartridges that are inserted into a hand-held Styler tool that kids use to draw or write any design they like. It takes a while for Doh Vinci to harden, so mistakes can be easily wiped away or remoulded.

The Doh Vinci play dough is smoother and softer than the usual Play-Doh I feel and goes through the Styler tool easily. It looks pretty simple to use but practice is definitely needed, even for adults, before you get used to the pressure and angle needed to squeeze the Doh Vinci out, and to shape it correctly.

Lil Pumpkin actually didn't like to play with it initially since it's a little trickier than her usual craft toys but I left it out on her table. I guess the girly, pretty designs attracted her though and after going back to it and getting the hang of how to control the Styler tool properly, she was happy to sit an hour or two to work on her projects all by herself, even when I wasn't around!

Some tips and design ideas for squeezing Doh Vinci out from the Styler tool. It kind of feels like icing a cake actually which is great, since Lil Pumpkin always wants to help me to ice cakes haha.

When using, I recommend that you get some tooth picks and plastic knives ready – just to help you to shape and add texture to your design. Although you can wipe or remould the Doh Vinci, you can’t reuse and put it back in the cartridge to be squeezed out again. That’s my only whinge about the product. Perhaps you can store it in another air-tight container to be used another day but once it’s out in the open, it will harden into something "spongy" after 24 hours so in this sense, it’s like puffy paint.

I really like the vibrant colours of Doh Vinci. There’s a few room décor and project kits to choose from. Each comes with at least 3 Doh Vinci play dough cartridges, a Styler tool and the other craft materials. Lil Pumpkin and I started on the Doh Vinci Anywhere Art Studio Kit first.

It’s an all-in-one portable studio that opens up to a ready-to-use easel, storage for all the Doh Vinci tools. It also includes an inspiration guide, coloured template boards and blank boards for her to create anything she can imagine. 

It’s really handy as a “busy bag” when we go out and we need to keep her entertained. There’s plenty of space to add in extra paper, stickers or pens in the storage compartment too.

It's definitely not as messy as when playing with Play Doh :P

She really thinks through her craft designs and loves to mix up the colours!

Lil Pumpkin also has the Doh Vinci Memory Masterpiece Ribbon Board Kit.

The kit creates a customizable ribbon board to hold her favorite pictures and drawings. Includes two-piece memory board, add-on flourishes, Styler tool, ribbon shaped design tip, colorful ribbon, four DECO POP colors, and inspiration guide.

I'm very pleased to say that she actually completed 90% of this craft project herself!! Every day for the past 2 weeks or so, she patiently took some time out each day to sit down and work on this. She only asked me for help when she wanted more delicate twirls, or to help her stick the pieces all together.

The frame is made of cardboard so it's a little flimsy and not too functional, but overall, I still think it came out beautifully :) Well done my dear!

I’m keeping the Style & Store Vanity Kit that she can use to store her little trinkets, notes and treasures as one of her advent calendar gifts. Yes, I’m thinking of Christmas already and this definitely makes a great edu-play present! :P  Will update again later when she completes the project.

The kit includes five-piece vanity with mirror, add-on flourishes, Styler tool, wavy shaped design tip, two-sided edging tool, four DECO POP colors, and inspiration guide.

Other than using Doh Vinci with its kits, you can also use it to decorate kitchen jars or personalise cards and door hangers etc. With the different designer tips, we can also create fun embellishments to be used in other craft projects. The cartridges provided for each kit is enough to finish each project. And then some. You can also buy refills and extra Styler tools if you have more than one kid, so that they can craft with it together

Doh Vinci art and design kits are available at all Toys’R’Us and major department stores. They are suitable for kids aged 6+ and up, but younger kids can use it with adult supervision. Prices start from S$6.90.

Read about the other fun activities we did with Lil Pumpkin or my list of Kid-Friendly places in Singapore.

Disclosure: This is a review for Hasbro Doh Vinci kids craft kits. All opinions are my own.



Masshole Mommy said...

Doh Vinci is fun! I went to an event in Boston with some other bloggers a few months back and we got to play with it. It is really cool.

Jean said...

That would make wonderful gifts this Christmas :)

An Apel a Day said...

My son Isaak would love this set. He's my crafty child. How fun!

Stacy said...

You do make lots of lovely craftwork. Do you display everything in the house? Or rotate?

mail4rosey said...

I love your daughter's dress!!

I think this is cute, my kids would like it too, and I love the name, it made me laugh. :)

Unknown said...

My daughter would love this, anything craft is right up her alley. Could be a good one to pop on her Christmas list.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Doh Vinci looks like a lot of fun! I love how bright and colorful it is!

Anonymous said...

I love dough vinci I'm only 12 years of age and haven't tried it I'm buying it today and it sounds amazing