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Looking for a memorable, handmade gift? The sculpting technique of building with coils may be ancient, but this vase crafted in Model Magic® is totally cutting edge.
Spirals occur often in nature. Ask students where they have seen spirals. Perhaps in a Nautilus shell or the center of a sunflower? Invite students to research spiral or coil pots made in various cultures such as Native American peoples. Organize resources for students to view and suggest several Internet web sites for students to peruse.
A contemporary version of the coil vase makes a great gift! Invite students to make one! After covering their work space with recycled newspaper, distribute various colors of Crayola Model Magic to students. Children will roll colored Crayola Model Magic into several snakes. Demonstrate how to coil a base with one snake. When Model Magic is fresh from the pack it sticks to itself! If it is not fresh, the coils can be glued together.
Students place a recycled plastic container atop a newly-created coil, so it becomes an armature for a vase. Cover the sides of the container with more coils, but with whimsical twists. Create lumpy layers by going back and forth. Embed shapes or animals within the coils. Change colors. Finish the vase with a lip at the top. Air-dry the vase for at least 24 hours.
Continue the theme by filling the vase with spiral flowers. Roll chenille stems into coils. Place them inside vase. Or fill the vase with dried flowers or other craft items to suit the recipient of one's gift vase.
Once student artwork is complete, invite children to design note cards to the people they are presenting the vases to. Suggest students include in their notes reference to the historical research they uncovered about the vases.
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