Product Review: Marky Box

Product Review Marky Box Casting Box
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Subscription boxes are the best thing ever invented!  Whoever came up with this idea is definitely a genius in my book.  You can get everything from the makings of a gourmet meal to a new batch of make-up and everything in between.

Thankfully, for parents, companies aren’t ignoring kids in their pursuit of gaining new subscribers.

Product Review Marky Box Casting Box

Markybox is a great art project subscription box that comes monthly that has enough materials for two art projects in it.  On their website I’ve seen string projects,

From the Markybox website:

Hands on, brain-building creative projects designed for all ages.  Get monthly art projects designed for individuals and families by world-class artists and educators. Experience big dreaming, inspiring, real world together time—out of the box!

Kid-tested, artist approved projects delivered monthly. Each box includes everything you need to complete the project twice. Ready to create out of the box.


Casting


Materials:

  • Two Alginate Powder Mix Bags, Cardboard Box, Mixing Stick and Two Plastic Bags to line the box with.
  • Two Hydrostone Powder Mix Bags, Cardboard Box, Mixing Stick and Plastic Bag to line the box with.
  • Bronze Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Knife
  • Toothpick
  • Popcicle Stick
  • Masks
  • Paper Place Mat

How It Worked:

 

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As promised by the website, the box arrived with enough materials for the project to be done twice!

 

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The kit comes with masks so you don’t get hydro-stone dust in your lungs. The kids loved these!

 

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Bootsie had to hold her arm in the box for just a few minutes to let the mold set. It seemed like FOREVER!

 

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Close up of Bootsie’s arm. I was a little worried about the kids being allergic to the alginate since we have some strange allergies in our family, but this step went smoothly.  This is actually the same type of stuff they mold your teeth with at the dentists and dried really quickly.

 

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Started by pouring some of the hydro-stone material in the hole in the alginate. I’ve seen it where people had only poured to the top of the hole, but I poured all of the hydro-stone in so that I would have a “stand” for the hand to rest on.

 

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Boogie got in on the action! I decided to mix the alginate in the hydro-stone box so I could make both of the kids’ hands at the same time. I mixed the second batch of hydro-stone in just the plastic bag and it worked fine!

 

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Side by side molds drying overnight. I’m glad that I did both of these at the same time because doing one and then doing another all the way through would have never gone over well with the kids!

 

Unveiling the hand. I was amazed by the detail that the mold picked up. The thumb is what shape the instructions suggested we put the kids' hands in.
Unveiling the hand. I was amazed by the detail that the mold picked up. The thumb is what shape the instructions suggested we put the kids’ hands in.

 

Side by sides of the finished forms. It took a few weeks for us to paint these but we are now the bronzed hands are on top of the TV stand in our living room for the whole world to see!.
Side by sides of the finished forms. It took a few weeks for us to paint these but we are now the bronzed hands are on top of the TV stand in our living room for the whole world to see!

 

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Isn’t that crazy? You can see the wrinkles in Boogie’s palm!

Recommendations:

Markybox, at least the Casting Box that I received from them, was an extremely well thought out and very well put together subscription box.  They made this art project basically fool-proof by supplying everything you need and the instructions to make it all work!

Even with a set of very impatient almost 4 year old and 6 year old watching and participating, everything went off without a hitch with only one deviation from the instructions when I made the second hand at the same time as the first.  Using both cardboard boxes and mixing the hydro-stone for the second hand in just a plastic bag that was provided might not have been the original 1-2-3 steps intended, but it worked out fine to satisfy the kids’ need for their finished pieces.

I definitely would try out more of these boxes.

The $30/month price is reasonable enough for even the most cost-conscious parent and the idea that I don’t have to search around for all the correct materials to make this opens this up to more than just parents!  I could hand this box over to a baby sitter or a grand parent and know that they’d come out with the same result that I did.

A bonus feature is the idea that you can gift a subscription to someone!  I’d definitely think of giving a subscription to a relative (even one without kids)!

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