7 steps: how to teach a child to sculpt from plasticine

7 steps: how to teach a child to sculpt from plasticine

24.05.2022 0 By admin

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There are a great many ways to develop fine motor skills in children : one of them is working with plasticine. This universal tool will help kids master the simplest elements, from which they will later learn to make a variety of figures.

A large assortment of plasticine will allow you to choose the one that is suitable for creativity for young children. Pay attention to such features:

  • plasticine should be soft and plastic;
  • without fragrances;
  • leave no traces on the hands;
  • do not delaminate when sculpting.

If you chose this one, then it’s time to get creative! Prepare a plastic board for work: it will be convenient for both the child and you to roll out plasticine on it.

Step # 1: Choose the color of plasticine that the child likes the most

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Even at a tender age, children already have favorite colors. Invite the baby to choose the shade of plasticine with which he will start working.

Step number 2: learn to knead the plasticine in your hand

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Preheat the mass in your hands to make it more pliable. When the plasticine becomes obedient, it will be easier for the child to knead it.

Step 3: Show me how to pinch clay correctly

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Teach your child to pinch off small pieces of plasticine. Toddlers strive to do nails. Demonstrate by example until the baby understands how to do it right.

Step 4: roll into balls

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For children, this task may seem difficult at first. Therefore, you need to show several options for rolling balls:

  • between the index and thumb – if the piece of plasticine is small;
  • between the palms – if the piece is larger.

Step #5: How to flatten the balls into “pancakes”

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Ready-made plasticine balls are a semi-finished product of “pancakes”. Show your child that easy movement with which he will turn the ball into a cake – by simply pressing with his index finger.

Step 6: Stretch Playdough on a Sheet of Paper

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In addition to the plastic board, you will also need a sheet of paper. Heat the plasticine in your palms. Together with the child, tear off pieces of different sizes and lay them out on a sheet. And then stretch it with your index finger in different directions – smear it on paper.

Step number 7: learn to make flagella

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This is a rather complex process that children may not master right away. So be patient! This is where previously acquired skills come in handy. Together with the child, pinch off a piece of plasticine, then roll a ball out of it. After that, hold the ball between your index and thumb and start rolling. This process can also be done on the board. And before the eyes of the child, the ball will turn into a flagellum. The longer you roll, the longer and longer it will turn out.

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And what can your child sculpt from plasticine?

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