Clay working is such an incredibly satisfying art experience for kids. Plus, the end product is always cool sculpture art for your living room.
Here is a very simple activity, that can be done with just a few supplies and fit for the attention span of any preschooler. Also the perfect activity to help kids develop fine motor skills, finger strength, and creative expression.
Sculpture Art Project
Time: 20 minutes Ages: Toddlers + Difficulty: Easy
Modeling Clay Dough
Styrofoam (save those from delivery packages)
Tempera Paints + Brown Paper Bag
Step 1: Prepping board with some paint
Set up the area with couple paint brushes, block of styrofoam, wooden skewers, modeling clay and paint. Paint the styrofoam board while discussing project. We used tempera paint, just enough to get our inspiration going.
Step 2: Squish, squeeze, shape, and sculpt inspired by imagination!
Select a couple of wooden skewers, have child pick one and carefully place onto the styrofoam. They love the feeling of the pointy end moving through the board. All set for the fun to begin.
Step 3: Sculpture Art
My almost three year old son was totally wrapped into this activity. He loved punching the holes, rolling the clay and the mushy feeling of clay between his hands. Placing the wooden skewers onto the foam board helps for stability and gets them to work vertically. Offering a new perspective.
Watch them play and make straight from their imagination.
In this activity, kids learn how to:
- Develop fine motor skills, color recognition and creative expression.
- Shape clay into different shapes, they will naturally work upwards. Kids are have the most fun with vertical art. If you need to kick start the imagination can we referred to things in nature that climb trees.
Coolest Art Sculpture, Imagination Made
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