Art and Creativity

Art is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood; in other words, art is good brain food! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self esteem and creativity.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

IncredibleFoam® Dough: Delightful, No Mess Art

IncredibleFoam® Dough is a light modeling compound (think substitute for clay) that’s wonderful to touch, squish, and sculpt into 3-Dimensional Art. It comes in dozens of colors and it’s an inspiration for creative young minds, like 4 year old Jordan pictured here. Does he look proud of himself or what? Jordan came up with this idea on his own, by pressing several colors of Foam Dough onto an 11" x 17” piece of construction paper, then later gluing down the pieces with white glue so they’d stick.

Foam Dough also makes a great Small Group Activity, as illustrated by this collaborative artwork. A small cluster of school age students created a picture by working together and pressing Foam Dough onto the tabletop where they were seated. Each child was given a different color of Foam Dough to start, and they were asked to work cooperatively to decide on a theme and create one unified picture. I loved the result, as well as the teamwork it inspired.

Other 3-D figures and sculptures can be created in simple or more complex fashion, depending on a child’s age and interests. We’ve created them here on paper plates so they’re easier to carry around, and they can later be glued down onto the paper if desired.

Whether you apply Foam Dough to paper, or shape it into a freestanding 3-D sculpture, it looks great and is always easy and fun to work with. And did I mention it doesn’t make a mess? Foam Dough is clean, soft, and mess-free, yet it’s also completely open ended so it brings out children’s natural creativity. Plus, it never dries out, even if you forget to bag up the leftovers. Experiment with it yourself, and you’ll find that IncredibleFoam® Dough holds lots of discoveries. It even floats! Imagine making little boats for your sand and water table, or combine it with collage elements like the Shining Star Rhinestones, Sparkle Stem Pipecleaners, and Colorations® Washable School Glue pictured below.

The IncredibleFoam® Dough Classroom Pack is my favorite, since the color cubes are a delight to look at and easy to distribute. But, you can also purchase IncredibleFoam® Dough in a larger Set of 7 Basic Colors or a smaller Sampler Pack. However you try it, you’re guaranteed a lot of active learning and pure sensory delight!

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At 1:30 PM, Blogger Kampoengbatja said...

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At 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just received the sample pack. It is so sticky that it is coming apart in my hands and making auite a mess. Is there anything I can add to make it less sticky?

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anna Reyner said... should not be so sticky that it comes apart in your hands, I wonder if you got a "bad batch" - I'd suggest you phone Discount School Supply and ask them to replace the product, they have a satisfaction guarantee and are very easy to deal with in that regard. Call 1-800-627-2829 and tell them your situation. That should work! I've used this product for several years in workshops and one time I also got a bad batch (too sticky) - but it's very rare so please try again. Thanks!

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know where this is made and also what the ingredients are? It sounds too good to be true to be so well preserved, without any potential chemicals that may be harmful.

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