Clay Eggs

Materials

  • Large slabs of clay

  • Inflated balloons

  • Paper plates

  • Acrylic paint

  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Cover balloon with reasonably thin slabs of clay (they must be long enough that they meet around the balloon). Make sure to leave a small hole at the top, large enough to pull the once-popped balloon out.

  2. Pinch or slightly smooth out the edges. There shouldn’t be any holes but these are not meant to look pretty or perfect.

  3. Let the eggs dry on paper plates for a couple of days, pop the balloons and let dry for a few more weeks.

  4. Decorate with paint. For example, some kids painted theirs like dragon eggs.

Tips

  • There’s a fine line between too little clay that will not hold up its weight when the balloon is popped and too much clay which will collapse on itself. Use your best judgement and good luck.

Clay Suns

Materials

  • Slabs of clay

  • Extra clay for details

  • Cutting tools

 Instructions

  1. Cut a rectangle or square slab of clay for the base

  2. Cut a circle out of another slab of clay, which will be the middle of the sun.

  3. Add sun rays, a face and other details, making sure they are resting on the base or they will fall off

  4. Encourage the kids to use piece of clay to add details/texture rather than carving out details.

  5. Kiln fire, glaze, and fire again.

Tips

  • Looking at the picture, the suns aren't on bases. They may appear sturdy, but the sun rays kept breaking off. Building them on a clay slab base makes the suns sturdier.