While talking to Little One about how amazing the illustrations were and the fact that they were made with plasticine, which is something like playdough, I thought that it would be fun to try our hand at making pictures with playdough. I decided to try to find out more about Barbara Reid and her illustrations and a google search lead me to Barbara Reid's website - what a great find! I was thrilled to discover that she had videos showing how to make plasticine pictures. The girls and I watched the videos and were even more excited about trying it for ourselves.
I didn't have any plasticine so I decided to make playdough, using this cooked playdoh recipe from a friend, and try it with that. Here's what we created:
Little One's creation (age 4)
Sis's creation (age 17)
We had fun and were pretty pleased with our creations but we wanted to give plasticine a try so we made a trip to the local dollar store and got some Crayola Modeling Clay. The modeling clay was much better to work with. Here's what we created with it:
I printed off the picture and Little One filled it in with plasticine. We only had four colors but I did some mixing to get other colors.
Little One drew a picture of her doll and then filled it in with plasticine
Sis did this beautiful scenery from her head. It's a row boat in the water on a sunset evening and there's a moose almost up on the shore.
I pointed out the Barbara Reid books to our librarian and suggested doing a Barbara Reid themed story hour and having the children make plasticine pictures. It went over quite well! Here's what Little One made at the event:
I see many more hours spent enjoying Barbara Reid books and playing with plasticine in our house in the future.