Plasticine develops the child's imagination, helps to master concepts such as color, shape, size. In addition, the use of plasticine is a great form of games for the development of fine motor skills. And in order for the child to sculpt with pleasure, you need to follow a few simple rules.
It is possible to acquaint a child with plasticine already from a year. However, not every baby (especially in the period from one to two years old) can show interest in plasticine. There are children who are not only not interested in modeling, but also frightened. To attract a child to plasticine, you do not need to persuade him, and even more so to force him. It is enough for the parents to sit down at the plasticine and start sculpting with interest. As a rule, this works flawlessly for children. First, they walk around the bush, then they come closer and now they themselves pull the handles to the plasticine.
For the first clay lessons, choose a soft clay, for example "Jovi". It is even better to first use a special hardening mass for modeling. This mass is good because it is initially soft. When it dries up, the baby will be able to play with the results of his labor, which by that time will acquire "jumping" properties. So, at first, the child will learn to sculpt balls, and then he will be able to play with them - they will dry out, become light, but durable, and besides, they will bounce high.
You need to start modeling by mastering the simplest shapes - sausages, balls, ovals. From class to class, you can show your child how simple shapes can be transformed, for example, into toys. For example, having rolled up an ordinary ball, you can invite the child to stick matches (without sulfur heads) into its upper part, attach two beads and the hedgehog is ready. You can also mold a beautiful hedgehog using a plasticine triangle and an ordinary cone. A molded triangle / cone is attached to the base of the cone, eyes and a nose are attached to it, and the prickly hedgehog is ready.
For the first plasticine lessons, such books as "Plasticine Paths" and others are also ideal. Performing tasks from these books, the child will learn to tear off plasticine in pieces and stick along the contour, roll sausages and fold various shapes out of them, and so on. To make the book reusable and convenient to use, you need to cover each page with a transparent film for wrapping notebooks (this film is sold in rolls in stationery stores). Plasticine is easy to mold on such a film, easy to clean. And greasy stains will not remain on the paper.