I remember when I was little we'd watch Saturday Morning Cartoons, and during commercials, toys would BUST through a stack of blocks. How cool was that? And yet they never sold the blocks in the stores (that I saw, anyway). So, I decided to make some Bust 'em Blocks for LM to play with.
While at the grocery store, I found this silicone pan. It is supposed to be for making bite-sized brownies. The perfect size for what I was looking for! While at the store, I spent my quarters at the toy-vending machines to give my blocks a little personality.
The box of EnviroTex Lite came with all that I needed - the two-part compound to make the resin, flat-sided mixing containers (with measuring lines), stirring sticks, and gloves to protect my hands.
I already had my area covered in plastic, protecting my surfaces. I opened up all my little toy capsules, and put the toys in face down.
After mixing up the EnviroTex according to the directions (making sure to stir a full minute, pour into a fresh cup, then stir another full minute), I gently poured some in each compartment, completely covering each toy, and then some.
I let it sit for 48 hours (though 24 would have been plenty), then popped each out of the mold. They came out easier than ice-cubes do! The sides and front have a slightly "frosted" appearance because the silicone mold I used doesn't have perfectly smooth sides - but I like them this way.
Then I stacked up the Bust 'em blocks, and let LM knock them down.
Which he did. they made a very satisfying clacking noise as they hit the tabletop. He loved it!
The blocks also stack beautifully, face-side up. Because they are super-smooth, they take a little more finesse to stack that way, which is the perfect next step LM needs in his hand-eye coordination.
I would consider taking any of the little toys LM has and encasing them in resin...he plays with the blocks much more than he ever played with the plain ol' toys!
ETI sent me this product to try out. You won’t believe all that you can do with this product. Envirotex Lite was created by Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), which is the home for many resin and mold making products.
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