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Baked Clay Treasures

We’ve gone beyond playdough this past week.  We’ve been playing with Sculpey Clay!  It’s an engaging experience.  But the end results are great paper weights and small figurines to decorate your shelves and countertops!  Because we all need more of those…

Age: 4 and up, or possibly younger with mommy-assistance 🙂

What you need:
-Sculpey or Fimo clay, found at any craft store.  This stuff is more expensive, so be sure and save your Michael’s or Joann’s coupons.  The box looks like this after your kids start ripping into it:


-any playdough/sculpting toys (i.e. textured rolling pins, cookie cutters, etc.)


How it’s done:
The directions on the package will tell you everything.  Basically you have to squeeze and knead each piece of clay until it becomes soft and moldable.  Then let the kids create!  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 275 degrees for 15 minutes to every 1/4 inch of thickness. Take note, Scultures that are standing up with not a lot of volume at the bottom, or too much volume at the top, may fall flat while baking.  Our tree was standing upright when it went into the oven.  But it still looks cool.

It’s fun to see what kids come up with:
              
I helped some with the flowers and the tree, but they came up with two snakes, airplane, two sharks, and a turtle.  Won’t grandparents just love arranging these knickknacks around their house??

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