American Action Fund Tactile Art Kit: Let’s Play with Clay!

American Action Fund Tactile Art Kit: Let’s Play with Clay!


Open up your Model Magic. The foil
pack you can store it in too, so don’t get rid of it just yet. I’m going to pull it out.
We have included model magic in this kit, and you can purchase more in any place
you would shop for back-to-school supplies. You’ll want to monitor your
child to make sure they don’t put the clay in their mouth. At first they’ll be
happy to pull, and tear, and squeeze the clay. Many children like to feel how the
clay responds to their actions. Once they seem to tired of that kind of activity,
you can begin directing them to more intentional shaping. Roll a ball between
both hands. This is a good size ball for my hands, but a small child’s you might want
to start them on a smaller ball. Roll a coil by placing a ball on the
table, and then using the flat of your hand to gently roll it out. Show your child
how to make it longer and longer. Once you have it long enough to get both
hands on, gently use your fingers pull the coil out further and further. They can see how long they can
make it. You can have them notice where the skinny parts are and where the
thicker parts are, and use their fingers to make it thin the entire length. You can
also show your child how to make a pinch pot. By pinching it between their thumbs and their fingers, they can open it up into a little
tiny bowl. [Voiceover: Ann spins the ball of clay in her hands, gently pinching to create a bowl shape.] Once they have a concept of these skills, even if imperfect, suggest
they make a sculpture. And if they know what they want to make, let them go. When
your child creates a sculpture, ask them what they’ve created. Ask them to name
the different parts of the object. Remember there is no right or wrong at
this point. If they can’t think of anything to make, find their favorite toy.
Ask them to look at it, and then create a small sculpture of it. Name the parts as
they investigate their toy and as they add those parts to their sculpture. No
matter what it looks or feels like, please praise their efforts. There is no
need to criticize at this point. Model Magic is an air dry clay. If you want to
continue using the clay for different forms, put it back in the bag and close
it up tightly. If you want to keep your sculpture, let it sit in an open area on
a plate so that it can dry completely.

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