Mini Monets and Mommies: Model Magic Letter Art for Kids

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Model Magic Letter Art for Kids

Model Magic plus an easy art activity can equal learning letters for your child. How? I love the clayish compound. I tried to sneak it in to just about every project that we made when I taught art classes and camps. With my own son, I would let him play with the stuff for what seemed like hours. He never really liked making ‘something’ with it. He just enjoyed molding and modeling it. If you’ve never used it, imagine what would happen if a marshmallow and modeling clay got married and had a baby. That’s Model Magic.
Letter project

So, what does this have to do with learning letters? While I’m all for playing and exploring with the sculpty stuff, your child can also use it to make letter imprint art. This is super-easy and helps your child to create his own letters (in a way that’s different from drawing). Make one of these little letter imprints or create an entire alphabet. Your child can then puzzle the pieces together to make words!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Model Magic – Just the plain white stuff.

·        Pipe cleaners

·        Tempera paint

·        A paintbrush

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Bend the pipe cleaner into a letter shape.

2.     Roll the Model Magic into a ball.
 
Sculpture crafts

3.     Press the ball flat. Your child can use her palm to do this.
 
Clay Ball

4.     Press the pipe cleaner letter into the top of the clay compound.

5.     Peel the pipe cleaner off.
 
Alphabet craft

6.     Paint the surface with tempers. Your child can also add a second color in the pipe cleaner imprint. This highlights the letter.
 
Letter Art
 
Kids' art

If you leave the letter out, the Model Magic will eventually dry and harden. These little imprints allow your child to feel the letter, and not just see it. Have your child pick up and touch each piece of alphabet art. Ask what the letter is and what sound it makes. Move on to another letter or combine them.

Are you looking for more letter art? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!
Follow Mini Monets and Mommies's board Letter and Literacy Kids' Crafts on Pinterest.

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