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Air Dry Clay Puppets & Sculpture

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. painted air dry clay globe sculpture craft -would be great for Earth Day arts & craft for the kids.

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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.

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She showed me her finished project. “Look mama, I made a puppet.”

Clay & craft stick puppets - kid made arts & crafts

We let it air dry over night & then painted it. She accidentally broke the arms off while painting, but it still was so cute.

Clay & craft stick puppets - kid made arts & crafts

Her doll puppet inspired a couple of clay fish puppets too. I made a mama fish & she made a baby fish.

Painted air dry clay fish puppets - summer arts & crafts for kids

We continued to play with the clay. She formed gifts for mom & dad with clay & buttons and I made a sculpture of my own.

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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.

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Cut a wooden skewer & stick into the ball diagonally.

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Roll out a long strip of clay & connect the strip at both ends of the skewer.

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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.

painted air dry clay globe sculpture -would be great for Earth Day craft for the kids

I can’t wait to see what projects my little girl comes up with next.

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Polymer Clay Cupcake Craft

Polymer Clay Cupcakes - This is a great arts & craft project & can be used for pretend play for the kids after making.
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I recently discovered my love for polymer clay. My daughter and I play with Play-doh & homemade salt dough often & we love it, but I just love the feel & look of the polymer. My daughter has been loving playing with it too.

One of her favorite things to make which her doughs & clays is pretend cakes & cookies. She loves to play bakeshop.

We had some mini cupcake liners. We used them to form our clay cupcakes.

We both pressed a clump of clay into our liners. We pressed it in tight, so that the liner would make an imprint on the clay. I kept the liner in a stack so that the liner would keep its shape & not spread out while we worked with it.

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We used another color & formed a flat circle to lay over the top of the first layer.

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I rolled out a clump of clay so that it formed a long strand & then I circled the strand in a spiral around the top to form the frosting.

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The fun part is decorating your little cakes. Add little clay specks for sprinkles or a circle for a cherry, form flowers or anything else that you & your little baker can come up with.

Polymer Clay Cupcakes - This is a great arts & craft project & can be used for pretend play for the kids after making..

My little baker threw her original design out the window & opted for a fancier cake, complete with lady & handbag on top. She put it in a larger liner & then told me that her cupcake could eat my cupcakes. That gave me a chuckle.

Polymer clay arts & crafts projects for kids.

Next, we baked our tasty treats per package directions. These will all make a great additional to my daughter’s little bakeshop.

Polymer Clay Cupcakes - This is a great arts & craft project & can be used for pretend play for the kids after making.

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Roll & Wrapped Clay Pendants

My daughter and I work a lot with clay. We love our clay craft projects. There are just so many possibilities. Roll & Wrapped Polymer Clay Pendant Charms - an easy & fun to make jewelry arts & craft project. Great for kids, teens or adults to make. Cute gift idea..

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We usually just make our own salt dough clay, but I had been curious about polymer clay for a while & wanted to experiment with it. The polymer was so easy to work with & was fun to work with as well.

I didn’t really know what I wanted to make, but just started breaking off chunks &  rolling them into balls & long strips. I played with the long rolled strips a little & came up with something cute, fun & easy to make.

Roll & Wrapped Clay Pendants

To form a flower-like creation, break off chunks from a few different colors of clay. Roll them lightly together into a ball & then roll out with your fingers to make a long thin rope-like strip.

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Roll in at one end a couple of times to form a small spiral. Then loosely wrap & loop around & under the spiral.

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After you have reached your desired size & shape, roll out a strip of green clay & form loops to form leaves.IMG_8226 IMG_8227

Follow package directions to bake your pendants. When they are hardened & cooled, run a craft string through one of the loops.  You may tie off at the ends or attach a clasp to the string. These were so fun to make. I couldn’t stop making them.

Roll & Wrapped Polymer Clay Pendant Charms - an easy & fun to make jewelry arts & craft project. Great for kids, teens or adults to make. Cute gift idea

Roll & Wrapped Polymer Clay Pendant Charms - an easy & fun to make jewelry arts & craft project. Great for kids, teens or adults to make. Cute gift idea

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Salt Dough Flowers

My daughter is 4 this year. This year I promised her that she could have a garden of her very own. We have selected our spot outside & are getting ready to prep the area.  I let her pick the seeds that she wanted to grow. She picked 2 flowers & 2 vegetables.

Painted Salt Dough Clay Flowers with photo. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

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Salt Dough Mosaic Frames

Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts

We love clay & play dough projects in our house. My daughter just can’t get enough of it. We make new dough every week, sometimes even a couple of times a week. We are just about settled into our new home, but are still missing pictures on our walls. I thought it would be fun for us to make some homemade frames together.

We started with a simple clay recipe.

2 1/2 cup of flour

1 1/4 cup of water

1 cup of salt

1 Tbsp of oil

1 Tbsp of cornstarch

Mix all the ingredients together & then knead with your hands. My daughter always loves this part. You may need to add less or more water.

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Roll out your clay.

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Cut a few long strips out of your dough & then cut into small squares.

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Cut out a shape for your frame & then cut out the inside window. Use a photo as a template to know how big to cut your window.

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Lightly wet the top of your frame. Press the squares on top until the frame is covered. Press the squares in enough so that they stick. For my frame, I etched designs in with a toothpick. Since Mother’s Day is nearing, I thought that a Mother’s Day themed frame would be a good choice. Mai chose to draw in her designs after.

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Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour & then flip your frame & bake for another hour. Depending on the thickness of your frame, you might need more or less bake time. When hardened, remove from the oven & let cool.

Paint your squares with acrylics or glaze.

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After the paint dried, Mai used a marker to draw in her designs. She wanted to write letters & numbers on hers.

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Glue yarn or a ribbon to the back to hang & glue a picture to the back. (We used crazy glue. Let adults apply crazy glue.)

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Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts.

My daughter was so proud of her finished project. She asked that both be hung in her room.


Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts

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Clay Fingerprint Keepsake Ornaments

    These clay fingerprint ornaments are perfect for any occasion. They make a great keepsake gift for grandparents and mom and dad.Clay Fingerprint Keepsake Ornaments for the family - a sweet and easy arts & craft idea and keepsake that the kids or the whole family can make together

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My daughter has inherited a lot of hand-me-down books. We have so many that we don’t even know what we own. For a very long time, my daughter has only read a few of these books. Many just sat there collecting dust, but recently she has been diving into them all. We came across a few art books the other day. We found a few great “how to draw” tutorials and also came across a cute book filled with fingerprint crafts.

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Kandinsky Inspired Clay Circles

I look forward to the weekends. After working all week, I enjoy every second of time with my family. One of our favorite things to do on the weekends is to go to the library. We have discovered some of our favorite books from trips to the library. One of our favorites was a children’s book about Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky Inspired Painted Clay Circles - This was a fun lesson in art history and fun project for kids too

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The Noisy Paint Box is a beautiful book about the young Kandinsky and how he could hear the colors that inspired his art. It is also a great tale of how he overcame those that did not understand and support his abstract form of art.

The Noisy Paint Box - The Colors & Sounds Of Kandinsky

I showed my daughter some of his artwork on the computer and we discussed what abstract art was. His noisy paint box may have inspired him, but he inspired us.  We were going to make our own Kandinsky like project with clay and paint.

We started with a simple clay recipe.

1 cup of flour

1 cup of  warm water

1/2 cup of salt

We mixed all the ingredients together, first with a spoon and then kneaded it with our hands until it was smooth and ready to mold. My daughter has become a pro at making clay and play dough.

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We rolled it into a ball and then used a rolling pin to roll out our dough. I used a bowl to make a circle.

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We used a variety of different sized circle cookie cutters and glasses, anything that we could press softly into our dough to make different sized circles. Do not press all the way through. Press just hard enough to make an indent. If your child does press all the way through, you can gently press around the sides of the shape to keep it embedded in your circle.

My daughter wanted to hang them with ribbon, so we poked a hole at the top with a straw.

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We both prepared our clay and then baked them on a cookie sheet at 250, flipping them a few times to harden both sides. (Adults should operate the oven and handle the hot clay.) How long you bake them for will depend on the thickness. Mine baked in about an hour while my daughter’s took about 3 before hardening. We let them harden and cool overnight.

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It took us a couple days to get back to them, but when we did it was wonderful. As we painted, we spoke more about the book. My daughter excitedly mixed different colors on her palette to form new colors. “Silly Wassily”, she quoted the book as she painted her circles in different colors. We had a lovely talk about art and colors. When she was done painting, she was so excited to hang her project up that she asked if we could dry it with a hair dryer. Luckily, the acrylic dried in just a few short minutes and we were able to string up our creations with the ribbon of her choosing.

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Kandinsky inspired painted clay art for kids

Kandinsky inspired painted clay art for kids

She was so very proud of her finished project and could not wait to show it off to her daddy.

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