Clay & Rock Nature Crafts

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My daughter and I are always trying to come up with new arts & crafts ideas. My 4 year old has quite the creative mind & brings a lot of amazing ideas to the table. We like to think of new projects, but there are still some favorites that we can do over & over again. My daughter’s favorite activity is making nature islands out of clay & items that we collect from our yard. We gather art supplies from our backyard often.

Clay Rock Nature Funny Faces - a fun summer arts crafts project for the kids

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Yesterday, we collected a pile of small pebbles and then rinsed & dried them off.  We were originally going to make our nature islands, but my daughter inspired us towards a different direction.

We rolled out & flattened balls of air dry clay. My little girl placed the pebbles into her clay & began forming a smiley face. Her face was so cute, that it inspired me to do the same.

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She pounded her clay out a little thin, so we added a little more clay underneath to thicken her little face up.

Clay Rock Nature Funny Faces - a fun summer arts crafts project for the kids.

She continued her rock faces on polymer clay too. This one had her cracking up. “Look at the funny teeth, mama.”

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We continued our clay & rock play with these simple mosaics. These will make lovely paperweights for my office.

Simple Clay & Rock Nature mosaics - a fun summer arts & crafts project for the kids

Clay Rock Nature Mosaics - a fun summer arts crafts project for the kids

The rocks & the clay were a big hit with both of us. This may be another new favorite of ours.

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