I don’t generally do a lot of toy reviews, but when I was asked to review the latest Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker by Bandai, I was quite keen. It is brand new on the market for 2019. My girls watch a lot of YouTube videos of other kids making stuff and they always want to create something, but I am not a crafty mom. I’m also quite cynical about a lot of single-use toys so I say ‘no’, a lot.
That said, I don’t mind if the toy itself is something creative, or something that makes use of STEM and improving their fine motor skills, and is something that they can actually use after the crafting process.
Making your own erasers was something that, to me, would tick most of the boxes that I think are worth while. Plus, come homework time, we can never ever find an eraser! Surely if we make our own we will always be able to find one. That’s the theory anyway.
When I read the brief about this DIY eraser maker product I realised that all it really requires is water! Everything else comes in the box, and all you need to add is water. I kid you not. Mess free win!!!
What Is It?
In a nutshell, it is basically a DIY kit that allows kids to use either the designs provided, or to create their own designs to make their own erasers.
The box kit comes with all the colours you need, 16 different pattern designs to follow, and a full set of instructions on how to create your own erasers. Everything you need is in the box, except for the water and the microwave.
Make Your Eraser – Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Choose your design/pattern. There are 16 different designs to choose from, and of course you can use your own imagination.
Step 2: Add the correct colour pixels as per the pattern. This can be a bit tricky so you do need to be careful.
Step 3. Add the placeholder and remove the pattern card.
Step 4. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of water to your design.
Step 5: Close the plastic mould and make sure it clicks.
Step 6: Put it in the microwave for the 90 seconds (check the instructions for different microwave timings). Once it’s done, leave it to sit for 3 minutes.
Step 7: Put the whole plastic mould in a bowl of ice-cold water and leave for 10 minutes.
Step 8: Remove from the water, pat dry and then open the mould and remove your design. Remove the plastic spacers and return them to the kit for use on your next eraser.
Step 9: Start erasing! It’s that simple.
If you don’t believe me, check out the YouTube video I put together of my daughter’s attempts at making their own erasers.
I am always honest when I do my product reviews, and so here are a few observations that I feel I need to make:
- This kit does say that it is for children from 8 years old and above. And I stand by this. My eldest is 7 &1/2 and whilst she did manage, the fine motor skills and attention to detail required do definitely lend themselves more to an older child. I basically had to do all the pixel layout for my 5 year old as it requires a level of finesse and care that she just couldn’t do.
- Check your microwave settings properly. I think I should maybe have left ours for an extra 10 – 15 seconds so that the pixels can really bond together as the smaller pieces did break off. But we will definitely be trying again.
- Other than being careful loading the pixels, it couldn’t be any easier, mess free, or have a better result!
The Deluxe Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker is a fantastic kit and my eldest is hooked. She wants to make all the designs NOW! Thank you to Bandai and the Pretty Pixels team. I would definitely recommend this as a gift for any child over the age of 7 years old.
Where To Buy
It comes in the Deluxe Kit which retails at £24.99 from Smyths Toys, Amazon and other leading Toy Stores.
You can also but the Starter pack for £16.99 or the Mini Pack for £9.99.
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Disclaimer: We were gifted with the Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker kit in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please refer to my Amazon Disclosure Notice for further details.