It seems as if the birthday season is upon us. We have a couple of birthday parties lined up for the next two weekends so I thought I would get a headstart on making something special for a particular birthday girl.
The good people at Hasbro had recently sent me two of their newly launched Doh Vinci sets and I thought the bright cheery colours would look great on a black chalkboard so I set about personalising one as a gift.
On first glance, Doh Vinci reminded me of puffy paints that I crafted with in my teens. But on working with it, I quickly realised that it was actually quite different. As you would expect from the name, the contents of the tube actually resemble play doh rather than paint. The benefit of this is that you can re-shape it or wipe it off the board if you feel that you've made a mistake.
Each kit comes with a few small tubes of play doh which are then inserted into a device that looks a bit like a hot glue gun. You simply press on the lever which squeezes the play doh out through the nozzle in a thin line. If you want to create flower shapes, you can use the pink nozzle included in the kit which look exactly like the nozzles that I use for icing.
It took me a little while to get used to handling the play doh but once I realised I could shape it quite easily, I would use my fingers to nudge the play doh gently into place. I also rolled them into tiny balls and squished them flat to create petals.
Doh Vinci was pretty fun and easy to play with but it might be slightly tricky for younger kids to create letters or follow the lines that are given. It certainly will take some practice to become familiar with the way the playdoh flows. The key thing is to have fun along the way.
My son was busy decorating his own frame while I worked on the chalkboard. But right at the end, he helped me add some final touches to the board using some party stickers and cabochons. I hope that his friend likes the gift cos we certainly had fun making it.