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I’ve done finger paint with clay what feels like a zillion times. It was a quick, easy activity to pull out almost any time when my son was younger. When I taught an art class entirely in the galleries at a museum, I used this project to get the fine motor aspect of painting in while appeasing the security staff (and keeping the artworks safe from tot-toted temperas).
If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day art activity that mimics finger paint, but is less of a mess, try this out. Yes, it does involve glitter – the little mess-makers are well-known for sticking around in rugs, furniture or just about anywhere else for what seems like months. But, the clay catches the sparkles in a way that keeps them in check.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· A marker
· Soft modeling clay
Here’s What to Do:
1. Fold the cardstock in half.
2. Draw half a heart, starting at the fold.
3. Cut the heart out. Open it to reveal the full shape – this is a great opportunity for your child to get hands-on and learn about symmetry and geometry.
4. Pull the clay apart into dime-sized pieces. Your child can ‘finger paint’ it onto the heart by spreading it with her hands.
5. Sprinkle a few pinches of glitter onto the clay.
6. Spread the glitter out. Your child can continue to ‘finger paint’, adding the glitter this time. Not only does this add a special sparkle, but it also provides a sensory aspect to the activity. Ask your child how the glitter-covered clay feels compared to the plain clay.
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