How cute are these Polymer Clay Monsters? Polymer clay is a fantastic crafting material and one that both of my boys enjoy using at 10 and 11 and as a Mum I love that I can bake the clay in my oven at home and then we have a lasting creation.
To celebrate their innovative anti-allergy bedding rangeÂ Fresh &Â Healthy Bedding, Slumberdown are asking parents to get their kids to draw, or create what they depict a dust mite to look like. The winning creation will be made into a real life stuffed toy for the child to keep – How cool is that?!
You can go as crazy as you like, using play dough (just look at these cool play dough mites made with Mr Potatoehead accessories), paper plates, egg boxes, or even just a normal drawing. Anything goes. Â To get involved,upload a picture of your kids #MiteyCreation to the Slumberdown website. Â Also we would love to see them, so tweet a picture of it to @SlumberdownUKÂ andÂ @Mum_TheMadHouse with the #MiteyCreation hashtag. Â So to inspire you the boys got their craft on!
Polymer Clay Monsters
- FIMO – You can use a form and create kitÂ (aff link) or FIMO Soft or FIMO KidsÂ
- Silicone mat – We keep one for clay (UK Link/US Link)
- Moulding tools –Â (UK Link/US Link)
- Rolling pin –Â (UK Link/US Link)
How to makeÂ Polymer Clay Monsters
The beauty of Polymer clay is it stays soft until you bake it. Â I have some that we had left over from our heart necklaces in February and it was still soft and usable.
The boys took inspiration initially from the Monsters Form and Create KitÂ and set to making their dust mites/monsters.
Once they had their creative juices flowing then they were happy to create from their imaginations. Â I think this is something that a lot of children go through. Â They feel as though they are lacking in inspiration or that they have to look the same as they do in real life.
Once you have your creations made then it is time to bake them in the oven following the manufacturer’s instructions.
As my boys are older this is all part of the making process for them. Â I give them the instructions and they do the baking part too.
Then take them out and allow them to cool. Â How cute are these?
And here you can see them in their natural habitat the bed!
At least 12 million Brits suffer from allergies caused by dust mites, which are widely recognised by health professionals as one of the major triggers of night time allergy and asthma attacks, along with mould and fungi. Itâ€™s estimated around 10 million dust mites live in the average bed, and in many cases up to a third of the weight of a two year-old pillow is made up of dust mites and dead skin cells. By preventing dust mites from existing inside the bedding, Fresh & Healthy helps to improve the comfort of night time allergy sufferers by helping them breathe with ease. Dust mites multiply in warm, humid temperatures, which is why Slumberdown is launching the new range this summer.
I would rather have theseÂ Polymer Clay Monsters in my bed rather than the real thing!