Back in July I was invited to help out in a foam modelling workshop. Organised by SETPOINT Hertfordshire. The theme of the workshop was ‘dinosaurs’ and the children participating aged 8 & 9 years had to design their own prehistoric creatures.
After 20 mins of dinosaur designing, the children were given a demonstration of how Plastazote foam can be heated and moulded into desired 3D shapes.
Plastsazote which is a safe, non-toxic, polyethylene foam, was handed out in A4 sheet size of various colours. With guidance the children drew the pattern shapes of their dinosaur design onto the foam. Scissors were used to cut the shapes out.
The electric ovens were operated by the workshop leaders. The children explained to the leaders what type of moulded shape they wanted and their foam shapes were placed in the oven for a few seconds, removed and then moulded over a hard object (such as a golf ball or bottle)to create a 3D effect. When it had ‘set’ which was almost instantly, all the dinosaur pieces could be glue gunned together.
The kids had a fab time and were really proud of their models.
The workshop leaders briefed the children about the importance of not using any old foam to heat up and shape, as many foams give off poisinous fumes when heated.