My little girl has been obsessed with salt dough & clay for a long time. When she turned 2, we even threw her a Play-doh themed birthday.
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Through the years, we have experimented with various homemade clays & doughs and recently have tried working with some store bought polymer and now air dry clay.
She is loving working with the new clay & her creativity has been growing off the charts. She is fascinating to watch.
She ate a Popsicle the other day & when she was finished, she took her empty stick to the craft table & pulled out a clump of clay. I watched as she worked the clay onto the stick.
She showed me her finished project. “Look mama, I made a puppet.”
We let it air dry over night & then painted it. She accidentally broke the arms off while painting, but it still was so cute.
Her doll puppet inspired a couple of clay fish puppets too. I made a mama fish & she made a baby fish.
We continued to play with the clay. She formed gifts for mom & dad with clay & buttons and I made a sculpture of my own.
The full globe might be a bit complicated for smaller hands, but an earth sculpture would probably work fine for your smaller sculptors.
Roll out a ball.
Cut a wooden skewer & stick into the ball diagonally.
Roll out a long strip of clay & connect the strip at both ends of the skewer.
Form a base at the bottom & trim the leftover pieces of skewer & poke through the base to connect the ball. Use a couple of pieces to keep it sturdy. Let your globe dry overnight & then paint it the next day.
I can’t wait to see what projects my little girl comes up with next.
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