I’m going to come out and say it … I’m not a crafty mom. When I was asked to review the Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker which provides all the kit on how to make your own erasers, I knew it would win me brownie points with the girls. My girls watch a lot of YouTube videos of other kids making stuff, and they always want to create something. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m not a fun mom, but I am not a fan of a lot of single-use toys, so I say ‘no’, a lot.
However, I don’t mind if the toy itself is something creative, or something that makes use of STEM and improving their fine motor skills, or is something that they can actually use after the crafting process.
To make your own erasers was something that, to me, would tick most of the boxes that I think are worthwhile. Plus, come homework time, we can never 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 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 The Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker?
In a nutshell, it is a DIY kit that allows a child to make their own erasers, by using 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 Erasers – 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.
Mom Review of how to make your own erasers kit.
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?
You can make your own erasers by buying the Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker kit from Amazon.
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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.