I am such a sucker for a rainbow, so when my big boy spied this packet of plasticine at the local shops I gladly kicked in the extra fifty cents so he could afford it, but I didn’t realise how much fun we would have with it!
My boy loves playdough, and initially he was a little taken aback by the fact that this didn’t feel or move like play dough. Plasticine is stiffer, with a kind of greasy and odd feeling in your fingers and it smells different too. But pulling the sticks of plasticine apart he quickly decided he could make something with the ‘snakes’.
He could make letters and write his name!
He could make a rainbow, and a face!
By then the plasticine had started to warm up and become more pliable so it was time to experiment and make all kinds of creations.
Plasticine is cheap and easy to find, and offers something a little different to our usual play dough. It’s very good for small muscle development, all those finger and hand muscles that kids need to use to hold a pencil and write get a good work out with plasticine. Unlike play dough it will keep for ages and we’ve stored ours in a container because we’d really love to try Filth Wizardry’s idea of printing with plasticine.
Have you played with plasticine lately?
What’s your favourite thing to do with it?