Here's a list of the nature items that we used:
- pine cone
- lava rock stolen from friend's front yard's landscaping
- sea shell
- freshwater shell
- half of a walnut...we stamped the inside half showing the chambers.
- "Helicopter" seed pods fallen from the tree.
I've used Model Magic before but never for an activity like this. Here's a few tips that we learned through the process:
- Roll the Model Magic into a fairly smooth ball first.
- Place the ball on a flat surface under a flat plate and smoosh it a bit so you have a flat surface for placing the item to be imprinted.
- Place the nature item on the Model Magic.
- Place the plate on top of the item and smoosh some more.
- The flat items were easiest.
- The rounded items took several attempts to get it just right.
- If you don't want dirt in the imprint, wash and dry the item first. (I kinda like the detail and dimension that the dirt gives the imprint.).
- Porous items such as lava rock are hard to pull away from the Model Magic. (That's our punishment for stealing it!)
For comparison, the above picture is of both of my kiddos feet in Model Magic at approximately the same age. The boy's is on the left and the girls is on the right. Look at how wide his toes are!!!