I really wanted some fun projects for the kids to do while I was recovering from Tyler’s birth. So when the opportunity to review Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com, I knew the timing was perfect. Since there were enough supplies for two kids, I’d have my oldest daughter pick a sibling and they’d create a masterpiece together.
What Is This Product?
The Master Kitz came with everything needed to create a masterpiece. Inside the reusable box was:
- A sponge roller
- Easy to follow instructions
- A ton of information on Vincent Van Gogh for further study
- Two pieces of large, thick art paper
- A custom Van Gogh roller
- Three colors of paint
- Four oil pastels
- A composition stencil
The step-by-step directions were thorough, and I was really impressed by the information on the artist and Post-Impressionism. This is really everything you need to do a short artist study for art appreciation!
How We Used This Product
After I gave birth to Tyler, I had my teenage daughter complete this art project with a sibling. I had her read the information about Van Gogh to all the kids, and they looked at pictures he made on her phone. It was fun to see my teen get into teacher mode. 😀
After everyone knew a little more about Van Gogh, my oldest and youngest daughters worked together to make their own version of Starry Night.
The original plan was for two kids to make their own. But, we couldn’t get the reusable stickers for the star mask to come off the first paining without tearing. By the time they were removed, three of them were torn too badly to use again.
I’m not quite sure what went wrong with the stickers…
But, the two had fun working together to create one picture. A lot of it was too hard for the toddler (the box recommends ages 5-105, but none of the other kids wanted to partner to make one picture!), but she loved watching the picture come together.
There was a lot of time spent waiting for layers to dry. The instructions recommend using a hair dryer to speed this up, but since we don’t have a hair dryer they just let time do it’s thing.
They worked on the picture over the course of sibling play time a couple of days in a row.
By following the directions, they made a beautiful masterpiece that resembles The Starry Night (in this picture they still needed to use the oil pastels to add final details:
The final image is 16″ X 10″, and the paper is high enough quality that it could be framed if desired.
What We Thought of the Product
My kids really enjoyed learning about Vincent Van Gogh, and the story behind The Starry Night. The learning and directions portion of this product was incredible.
My oldest daughter got frustrated when the star stickers started ripping. This disappointed the other kids as well, because we planned on buying more paint and paper so everyone could eventually create their own.
Everything else in the kit that’s supposed to be reusable – the custom roller, stencil, and roller — held up great. But for some reason those stickers didn’t. I really wish it’d come with two sets of stickers!
All in all, it was a fun product. My kids learned a lot about an artist they previously didn’t know much about, and we have a neat painting to hang on the wall. If you’re looking to add some art study to your homeschool, definitely give Kidzaw.com a try.
There are other Master Kitz available, so we might look into those for a fun activity this winter.
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