1. Students are to be introduced to Model Magic © and how it works. Encourage students to warm it up in their hands, and mash it around to make it more pliable. I have used other modeling materials in the past but have often found it to either be too dry where it became crumbly, or too greasy which left a residual slimy feeling on the fingers.
2. Model each of the tools and how students can create texture in the material.
3. Alphabet letters leave a nice clean imprint and also reinforce general education curriculum.
4. Model Magic© responds really well to being cut with scissors, and students can explore that further by cutting the model magic with a variety of scissor blades to create additional textures.
5. Students can create a sculpture by adding to the surface; one of my favorite materials for making these sculptures are toothpicks. They are inexpensive, and easily snapped to create a variety of heights within a piece.
6. In addition to focusing on the surface of the Model Magic © I often have the students explore color mixing with the markers. It is fast way to add another dimension to the lesson, and it opens the door to more conversation about color mixing. When adding marker the dough becomes sticky, for students with tactile aversions I would encourage supplying them with gloves.
7. Students can take it a step further to find texture within the art space. How and where can students make interesting textures in the Model Magic©? This allows students to get up and move around the space and it becomes a perfect way to explore the arts and release some energy.