This simple project uses air-dry clay and requires no glazes or firing. It was devised for my group of three and four year olds, but I’m sure older children would enjoy it too.
The bowl is made from eight heart shapes and two discs cut from rolled out clay (we used a cookie cutter and a playdough cutter). The first disc was placed in the centre of a small, cling film-lined, soup bowl.
The eight hearts were then placed around the central disc to form petals. I demonstrated how to use a finger to press and smooth the joins between each piece of clay. After scoring again and brushing on more slip, the remaining disc of clay was placed in the middle and pressed down, to seal in all the petals.
The bowls had dried and hardened over the past week, and it was important not to wet the clay too much while painting it (we didn’t want to end up with squidgy clay again!).
So, before they picked up their paintbrushes, I showed the children how to brush the colour on gently, without scrubbing at the clay surface, and how to be sparing when adding water to the paint pans.
The children really enjoyed choosing their colours and deciding where to put them, and they all worked very carefully, taking their time over their work.
I think the project was a great success! And none of the bowls collapsed or got dropped in the process… yet!
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