The Barbie Crayola Tie-Dye Fashions and Rainbow Design kits are part of a new Barbie Crayola craft line from Mattel. Using the color "magic" of Crayola, each kit lets you customize a few fashion pieces for your Barbie dolls.
The Tie-Dye kit comes with three fashions, three Pip-Squeaks Crayola markers, a small water bottle, and a dress form to work on. To get started with this kit, simply choose the fashion pieces you want to work with and attach them to the dress form, via the Velcro closures on the apparel. Then, using the Pip Squeak markers, color in the pieces. Once you've colored the design to your liking, fill the spray bottle with water and spray the dress form from about two inches away three to five times. As you spray, watch as the colors bleed together into a fun tie-dye creation. Let your design dry then dress your Barbie in your customized fashions.
The Barbie Rainbow Design Kit is a bit more tricky because this one's designs are heat sensitive. It comes with four fashions, one Crayola design tool, and a dress form to work on. If you are working in an already warm space, dip the clothing into a bath of icy cold water or pop it in the fridge/freezer to give yourself a blank template. Once cool, use the Crayola design tool to draw designs on the figure, which creates friction with the fabric to heat up the dress and expose the colors. Cool it down again to give yourself a new form to work with all over again.
We liked the customization, simplicity, and instantaneous results of both these kits, which also tie nicely into the perfect pairing of Barbie and DIY fashion. Plus, it's an added bonus when a craft activity's results actually look just like on the packaging, and these do.
Both kits are for ages 5 and up. These kits will appeal to Barbie fans that also love fashion play, dress-up, and customization.
Barbie dolls are not included and sold separately, along with other Barbie Crayola sets. Looking for more Barbie toys and accessories, click here.
Additional Crayola washable markers can be used on the Tie-Dye kit. The clothing in this kit is also washable, so kids can have a clean canvas to work on each time they play.
The Crayola design tool in the Rainbow Design kit should only be used for this kit and not on the doll or other surfaces.
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