Kids love plasticine and creating fantastic sculptures with it – but have you ever used it to make a picture? Barbara Reid is one of our favourite authors and illustrators and her clay work is amazing to use as inspiration and inspired our Tropical Luau Plasticine Art.
Supplies you need:
- Variety of colours of plasticine (You can find varied colours at the dollar store) & knife to cut
- Platform for artwork – small canvas boards work best (3 for $1 is common) but doubling up on paper plates works almost as well.
Cut the plasticine into cubes (ie: 2 inch by 1 inch) so the kids can manipulate it easily. The warmer the plasticine the easier it is to work with so small-ish pieces are better than huge chunks.
The idea is the plasticine should be spread across the canvas first to create a layer of colour. Then add on details and elements as they create. Children of varying ages will love this craft as they will adapt it to their own needs.
We provided children with a Tropical Luau theme and pictures for ideas and inspirations. Some children used those pictures of palm trees and sunsets to direct their creations, others worked with independent ideas. It was amazing to see so many aged children love one type of art.
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