Working with clay lets kids get creative – they can make anything they can imagine! But sometimes being confronted with a handful of clay can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help get those clay projects started!
We did our clay projects with the Pottery Cool machine (and my kids thought the spinning upped the fun!).
Tips for Clay Projects with Kids
Dried out clay?
- Don’t throw it out! Wet the clay and put it in a resealable bag. Check back on it every few hours or over night.
Slip and Score
- It’s frustrating when your clay projects don’t stick together. Enter slipping and scoring – this makes
- First score the clay – use a sharp tool to draw grooves in the clay in both directions. Do this on the clay piece you are going to attach and the section of the piece where you are attaching a new piece.
- Next create slip – mix together a little bit of water and clay. Use a paintbrush to apply the slip to both the clay you are adding and the original piece.
- Let them create! There’s no wrong way to play with clay. If you’re looking for a place to start, try simple bowls and pinch pots.
Patch Up Holes
- Use a little extra clay, smooth it over the hole. add a little water and keep blending
We made a turtle dish with our Pottery Cool machine. Check out this video for all the directions for the turtle dish and several other projects. Here’s a rundown of what we did.
Use half of one of the clay disks, and roll it into a ball. Place the clay ball on the turntable and spray it a few times with water.
Then the extra fun part — time to turn on the turntable! As the clay ball spins, smooth it with your hands. Gently press one finger into the top of the clay. As the clay spins, this will create more and more of an indent.
Once you have a small indent, stop the turntable and remove it from the machine. This can be tricky. You can use the knife to take the turtle dish off.
Then use the other half of the clay disk to create the head and feet of the turtle. Be sure to slip and score the clay you are attaching.
And once air-dried, the creativity really begins! Paint your creation however you’d like!
This is real pottery that your kids can actually do themselves. It’s easy to use and easy to clean up.
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