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Activity: Playdough Faces

Objective:

to make knowledge clear by using examples

Materials:

1 playdough (hand-sized ball)  per learner
(Optional)  1 clear-plastic sheet protector  for prep
(Optional)  1 camera  per whole group
(Optional)  1 plastic dull knife  per learner

Supporting Media:

Prep:

  • Gather materials.
  • Print Totetude Blank Faces Printable for each learner.
  • Place two Totetude Blank Face printables (back-to-back) into a clear-plastic sheet protector for each leaner (optional).

Instructions:

  1. Review different feelings with the learners.  Call out a feeling hand have the learners show that feeling on their face.
  2. Hand out playdough.  Allow learners to play with the playdough unstructured.  Just have fun!  
  3. After a few minutes, ask learners to make snakes (mouth) and then small balls (eyes).  Snakes should be rolled back and forth on a hard surface.  Balls can be rounded between the palms of both hands.
  4. Have the learners choose the blank face they want to complete (optional).  Allow learners time to create a facial expression of a feeling on the printable or on a hard surface.
  5. After learners are finished, they can take a picture of their final work (optional).
  6. Learners clean up their own area.

Extension:

  • Have learners exchange blank faces.
  • Have learners try different facial expressions on the same blank face.

Reflections:

  • I am able to illustrate a feeling with playdough.
  • I am able to work with modeling clay/plasticine/playdough.
  • I am able to use a camera.

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Time:

Prep
0-15 minutes
Engagement
20-30 minutes
Cleanup
10-15 minutes

Location:

  • Indoors

Meta:

Theme
Feeling
Multiple Intelligence
Bodily-Kinesthetic
Bloom Taxonomy
Apply
Instructional Strategy
Experiential Learning
Subject
Visual Arts

Did you try this activity ? How did it go ?

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