*Disclosure: I received a free IDO3D kit for review purposes and am being compensated for my time. I am not required to give a positive review. As always, I am sharing my honest opinion with you.
My girls LOVE to do crafts. I can’t stand useless projects that clutter their rooms and end up in the trash, so I encourage them to create things that have a purpose. My youngest is especially fond of creating toys for her Littlest Pet Shop and stuffed animal collections.
She was about to wiggle out of her chair with excitement as we opened the box for the IDO3D Vertical 3D Pen.
Our IDO3D Kit included:
- Four 3D Drawing Pens
- Pen Light
- Guide Sheet
- Plastic Sheet
- 3D Building Accessories
- LR44 Batteries (already installed)
I tested the pen out by writing my name. Then the fun started and we ended up with a fruit bowl, dinosaur egg, fried egg, candlestick, butterfly, eyeglasses, and tea cup. My teen is currently working on a miniature TARDIS, so I’m excited to see how that turns out.
Tips for using your IDO3D pen:
- Make sure the pen light is pushed on far enough (past the ink cap) or it will fall off.
- To blend colors or make a smooth solid surface, do not use the pen light until you are done with that part of your project.
- You can sit your project in the sun (briefly) to cure it.
- Use hand sanitizer to clean sticky hands.
3D Pens for Homeschool Art
It is important to realize that a 3D pen is an art medium, like oil paints or clay. If you just grab it & go at it, you will probably be disappointed in your results. Take some time to practice drawing a few lines and learn how the pen works. I had to remind my girls to work slowly and be patient – great skills to learn in our microwave society!
Take a look at the free Create in 3D courses for project ideas. The IDO3D pen is a great tool to incorporate into other areas of your homeschool. A few ideas:
- 3D science diagrams
- historical architecture
- re-create famous artwork
Affordable Crafts for Kids
Most of the IDO3D kits are under $20, and you can purchase them at these retailers. I made my girls choose their first projects carefully because I was afraid of running out of ink before we were done, but I am pleasantly surprised at how much we still have left. It is a worthwhile use of our homeschool crafting funds, and would also make a great birthday present for those-hard-to-buy-for tweens!
I now have my eye on the motorized IDO3D GO! shown in the video below.
Three readers will win your very own IDO3D Vertical Art Kit! Open to US residents 18+, ends 8/13/16.
Have you played around with a 3D pen?