Our inside craft today was with clay. We decided to make little plates. We make pinch pots usually, and they wanted something "different"!
For supplies, we used 2 little ceramic plates as our "template" (lightly oiled so our clay wouldn't stick.). I mainly just wanted something that they could work on that would keep a plate shape even when they were pushing and poking on it. Rubber stamps (lightly oiled also). Small shells. Spiral paper clips...basically whatever I could find that would make a texture or imprint on the clay and was small enough for tiny hands.
I cut slabs of clay off of the block, and placed them on the little "templates". The boys then pushed them into shape, and started stamping and molding the clay.
A started curling his edges, so G did his too.
When they were done, I then placed them up high away from curious fingers until they are dry and hard - probably a few days.
We can paint them when they are dry!
G's with leaf.
A's with starfish & shells.