Clay Play

Once a week for two years in elementary school, I finished school and headed to the art room for “Clay Play”, a time to make all sorts of things out of clay.  I made pinch pots, coil pots, a mask, and even a castle out of clay and I absolutely loved it.  Clay is the only art medium I’ve ever really loved and I’ve been excited to introduce Beach Girl to it, so when I saw this air dry clay on back to school clearance at Target, I snatched it up.

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For our first project, I taught her how to make a pinch pot and I think she might be a clay-enthusiast in the making.  She made 3 pinch pots – one for us and two to give as Christmas presents – and seemed to enjoy it as much as I do!

To teach her, I made my own pinch pot next to her and she watched each step and then did it on her own clay.

To make a pinch pot:

Roll the clay into a ball

Stick your thumb into the center and wiggle it down to almost touch the bottom.

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Pinch around the edges until your pot takes shape.  Try to keep the sides thick enough that they’ll be fairly sturdy when they dry. If you pinch too much and get a hole, don’t worry. You can just smooth the clay together again, getting your hands a little bit wet if you need to.

The sweet little 3-year-old-sized finger prints that are left behind are my favorite part.

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Let the pinch pot dry for a few days until it is rock hard throughout.  (We set ours on parchment paper to keep it from drying stuck to the counter.)

Once it’s dry, you can paint it with tempera, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  While it’s still wet, you could decorate it with stamps, beads, sequins, glitter, and more.

air dry clay projects

I think this will be a cute way to store hair clips, coins, or other miscellaneous little things that always end up on the dresser… and it makes a fun grandparent gift! (By the way, next week’s installment of Give Great Gifts on A Bare-Bones Budget is gifts for grandparents.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!)

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One thought on “Clay Play

  1. Lindsey Whitney December 16, 2012 / 7:35 pm

    Very fun! We have done clay at church a few times and the kids have just loved it!!


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