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Create With Clay Projects for K-3


Create with Clay: 6 Air Dry or Kiln Clay Art Projects for kids

As much as I like watching kids color and paint, there is absolutely no substitute for the tactile experience of clay. I am lucky to have a kiln at my school but not everyone does. You may be a home-educator who doesn’t own a kiln (nor should you!) or even a classroom teacher who prefers to work without the kiln-experience.

While it’s true that it’s hard to replicate kiln-fired clay and gloss glaze, you can come pretty close. If you have access to basic art supplies like Crayola air-dry clay, liquid tempera paints and Mod-Podge, then you can do all of the projects in this booklet. I explain how to create a fish and a lizard using both kiln-fire and air dry clay and these techniques can be applied to all projects.

This booklet is designed to give you step-by-step instructions so you can make creative clay projects with your kids and students.


There are SIX projects included in this packet and every project is easily made with either kiln-fired clay or air dry clay. Templates help students easily create the shape from a clay tile.


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  1. I’ve tried air dry clay with 7th& 8th grades making gargoyles and they crumbled or fell apart. Wings, eyes, legs, etc seemed to shrink and dry faster than the main body eventually dropping off; even with scoring &s slip.
    There was a mishap with my kiln involving fire sprinklers going off and I’m nervous to use it.
    Do you know of a good air dry clay brand? Or should the air dry clay projects be simpler?

    Lorie Friedmann

    January 28, 2016

    • Yes, I recommend my favorites and some good tips when working with air dry clay in the PDF file. Have you tried Laguna?

      Patty Palmer

      January 29, 2016

  2. You can use ordinary clay or paper clay (mixture of clay with paper and paper pulp) without firing either. Just let them dry and paint – yes they are quite fragile – paper clay is stronger than natural clay and can be left unfired more successfully. It is fairly responsive and models more like natural clay than air dry clay does. but how long do they really need to last? I think about how much we know about cultures in the past from their broken pottery, and all those wonderful treasures will one day end up in a midden dug up by archiologists in the future! 😉


    May 25, 2016

  3. How do you access the templates? there is a wait list for membership nut you post this as free on pintrist and yet I can access it


    December 19, 2016

  4. Can I purchase this PDF separate or do I need to be a member of the member’s club to access this document? Thanks!

    Lauren Lenzner

    January 22, 2017

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