I have been doing childcare for 28 years and have never heard of a product called Pixos. My oldest child in care is a boy aged 11, and he asked me to buy Pixos for them. I found them easily in both my local Walmart and Fred Meyer stores, and the kids have been having fun for the past two weeks.
What Are Pixos?
That’s what I asked. I think the name for this product is a clever one! I was thinking about this one evening, and I think the “Pix” is short for “pics” (an abbreviation for the word picture). Put “Pix” and “O’s” together, and this makes perfect sense!
Designs are made with the Pixos balls, then you spray water on them, which makes the balls swell slightly and become sticky enough that the designs stick together, forming an object. (They are similar to another toy that you have to use an iron on to fuse the plastic pieces).
After letting the designs dry for 20 minutes (I find it takes much longer than that), you can carefully peel the designs off of the grid, and they should remain intact quite well.
The Pixos 3D Character Kit
The kit contains tiny plastic balls in a wide variety of colors, which measure 3/16″ in diameter. A Pixos tray is included, which is about 4″ square. This tray is made of a transparent plastic, and has small handles on each side. It’s covered with holes slightly smaller than the Pixos balls. There are designs on cardboard that fit into the bottom of the tray, and you line up the card with the holes, and drop the different colored Pixos into the correct places to make designs.
Included in this kit are:
* 600 Pixos
* 6 Designs
* Storage Tray
* Two plastic play pieces
* Pixos Pen
* Water sprayer
* 1 Pixos Tray
* Three 3D Design Trays
What Can Children Make?
This 3D kit has something for all ages. They can make a freestyle picture (one of my boys made an airplane and a crab), or they can choose one of the designs on the laminated cards. This set has pictures of a dog, cat, chicken, bear, birds, and a tree. (The other design I have not been able to recognize). Each of these characters also has an oval shaped pattern to make a stand for the animals.
Since Pixos are so tiny, they can be dropped very easily. This set comes with a purple storage tray, with eight dividers so you can separate the colors of the Pixos balls. That is where the Pixos Pen comes in very hand. The pen holds the Pixos, it is easy to load, and you can release one at a time by pushing on the lever at the bottom. The top of the pen has a very soft and sticky protrusion, that helps you to pick up a Pixo if you get it in the wrong place.
For a more challenging project, the kit comes with three different 3D design trays. With these clear plastic trays, the children can make a round shell to fit onto the plastic turtle that is included in the kit. They can also choose to put a three dimensional nose on any of the animals if they would like (complete with a red nose!). This takes much more time and patience, as they are hard to remove from the trays (or molds) when they are dry.
My daycare children range in age from 6-11, and every one of them loves playing with Pixos! It’s the first thing they ask me when the walk in the door in the morning, and they never tire of making little projects with this great kit.
Pixos are expensive! This Pixos 3D Character Kit retailed for $21.99, and I thought that the 600 Pixos it contained would go quite far. I was sadly mistaken. The kitten alone takes 80 Pixos! Because they are so pricey, I have started buying other Pixos kits on Ebay, at a much reduced price. One of the kits that I purchased in this manner is the “Limited Edition” kit, which contains 1250 Pixos, and pen that has four chambers, suction cups, eyelet beads, and some beautiful designs such as a whale, helicopter, and dinosaur.
For even more design ideas, you can visit the Pixos website, and enter the secret code that is contained in the small instruction booklet. Do be careful and supervise your children, ad Pixos are a choking hazard!
As Pixos states, making a project with Pixos is as simple as “Make, Spray, Stay!”