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Hi, Bowiedog....You didn't mention the age but I'm thinkin' this might be a
possibility. I've taught it to students who were blindfolded. For one
child...mix 1 c. plaster, 1 c. vermiculite, 1 c. water until it thickens
well. Pour out onto newspaper. Child makes it into a ball as it is
hardening. Once hard (say 48 hrs.), use a small kitchen paring knife and
make some holes in it. After making some holes, pare down the sides of the
holes (or lips of the holes) so the fingers can move smoothly from outside
down into the holes. The object of the lesson is to make the fingers move
smoothly over, in, and through the piece in a pleasing way....by touch. It
should "feel good" to the senses. Let dry in warm place (I put on top of my
cabinets in the classroom where the air is warmer) for about 3 weeks.
Sandpaper the piece smooth. Dip quickly in bucket of water to get dust off.
Let dry another day. It can be painted with tempera if you want to go that
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526