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When I was a young teenager I got really into modeling clay. I spent hours and hours making little people and collected tools and quite a collection of colors. Emily saw the box in my closet and asked about it one day. At first I let her use it during quiet times, but it quickly became the favorite thing for her and Nathan. The kids have spent countless hours using the modeling clay to create and become part of their play.
A few things to get started with modeling clay with kids:
- Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
- Child Scissors
- Little pins or needles
- tile or pan to bake clay with
I let the kids sculpt and play with the clay for as long as they want (maybe days). I leave a white ceramic tile out on the kids table to put things on that they are ready to bake. The creations are so tiny that I bake it at around 325 degrees for 5 minutes. When you pull out the clay it will be a little soft still (and hot – so take my word for it) but it will harden as it cools. The clay does burn so I always recommend under cooking to over cooking.
I’m amazed with what they come up with both with creations and desk space. I think they’ve set up shop on just about every surface in our home. They usually listen to the Focus on the Family Chronicles of Narnia audiobooks while working with clay. This is my secret to limited screen time in our home.
We keep the creations in a little basket that the kids play with.
Her drawings and clay people look the same!