When we were visiting St. Louis years ago, we went to the most fabulous children's museums. While we were there my daughter was able to do some sculpting. They used crayola air dry clay and they had a spot to leave the sculptures while you did other activities so you could come back to get them later. Unfortunately we forgot to go back to get it. My daughter was distraught at the time over this so I told her I would go buy the clay so we could do it at home. Well, I bought the clay and over three years later we still hadn't used it once.
So when I saw this at Artful Parent's blog while looking for play dough activity ideas. I had to give it a try.
|Since I had never used this, it was fairly dry. I added water to it and worked it around|
|Even with lots of water added the clay was still very tough to work with. This made it really hard for the kids to participate much.|
|The kids went out to the garden and picked a few things they thought would make fun textures|
|Getting ready to do our first press|
|Project fail -- either the air dry clay is too hard or you need to dry your plants hard first because this didn't work at all|
|I thought a harder flower might work better. Project Fail again.|
|After a few more fails I found that putting my nature item into water and then getting the dough already formed into the flat surface I wanted and just pressing down helped a lot|
|Everything stuck right into the clay so you have to be careful as you pull it off the disk of clay|
|Finally a beauty|
|We left them out turning them back and forth every 5 hours or so and over a day time they all dried nice and hard|
Sunday Showcase, craft school Sunday, link and learn, marvelously messy,