Clay + Nature

Have you used clay with your kids? Mine love it! I try to provide them with lots of different art materials to pick from and clay is always a favourite. Recently our nature tray was getting quite full and I decided that something needed to be done with it!

Clay + Nature | Happiness is hereI sat the nature tray on the table in the play room, two lumps of clay, and a jar of clay tools. Mission accomplished! Preparation time: 30 seconds.

The girls set to work combining the clay with the natural materials into beautiful sculptures.

Clay + Nature | Happiness is here

At first they found a rolling pin to flatten out their clay so they could make ‘islands’ and stick their nature pieces into the clay.

Clay + Nature | Happiness is hereIt’s always interesting to see the different ways they use the materials. My 3 year old loved stacking as much as she could on and filling up all the spaces. It was quite a balancing act in the end!

Clay + Nature | Happiness is hereMy 5 year old seemed to be more particular with where she put things, taking her time and telling me a story about what she was creating.

Clay + Nature | Happiness is here

She even used some paperbark and rubbed her nails against it to make snow falling over her sculpture ‘because it’s winter and in some parts of Australia it snows’…

Clay + Nature | Happiness is here

They both enjoy working together and are often inspired by what the other one is doing.

Clay + Nature | Happiness is hereIn the end we had two beautiful sculptures made from lovely natural materials that we had collected from our adventures around our neighbourhood.

Clay + Nature | Happiness is here

Clay + Nature | Happiness is here

We transferred the sculptures to some plastic mats to dry and they are both now displayed on our art shelf. Such a simple activity prepared on the spur of the moment that was so engaging for them. It just reminds me that you don’t need anything fancy or a lot of time to prepare interesting art explorations for children.


August 18, 2014 at 1:49 am

This is fun! What kind of clay are you using?

August 18, 2014 at 5:25 am

Really lovely. Such a nice way to hold on to those nature treasures they collected.

August 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Clay, as in all quality manipulative material, is so beneficial to the child (and anyone) in expressing creativeness while also giving them time to relax and become one with themselves. When embarking on an art project, it is crucial to allow an unlimited amount of time for fulfillment and completion without interruption.

August 28, 2014 at 5:00 am

That look so beautiful and great for young children to make. Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials.

June 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

haha, last time I got some clay out for my boys to get creative with, they were so happy : “oh, mud!!!” They got their little cars out in a second and played mud tracks all afternoon. Not as poetic as your girls creation, but at least they had fun!

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