Vacation Craft for Kids with Clay
Taking crafting supplies on vacation is such a great idea. Some days are rainy and you might find yourself indoors looking for something to do. Crafting is also super fun outdoors and around the pool. I love this Vacation Craft for Kids with Clay! Often times the most difficult part of starting a story (whether for telling or writing) is coming up with the basics. By creating clay story starters, kids are offered a large variety of possibilities to support their creative thinking. Doing it on vacation is perfect because the surroundings and experiences are often new. To create this, you will only need one supply and a little imagination! That one supply needed is Bake Shop clay from Sculpey and let me tell you — it is easy and awesome to work with!
Start by setting up an area for the creating of the pieces. This should include:
- Flat Work Surface (Cutting Boards Work Great)
- Bake Shop Clay in a Variety of Colors
- Clay Tools (Optional) — Roller, Cutter, Etc. – They come in the set.
Next, explain the different components to a story and request that all of them have pieces made to fit. There are three categories for this.
- CHARACTERS: People/Animals
- SETTING: Places (Indoor/Outdoor) and Time (Day/Night)
- SUPPORTING ELEMENTS: Could Be Anything
Be sure to instruct them to make their creations SMALL enough to fit into a compartment in an egg carton. This creates a great way to store the story starter pieces!
Bake the pieces according to the directions in the package. Most vacation homes have an oven. Toaster ovens work great too!
Story Telling Suggestions
Once they are completed and you have baked them following the instructions in the packaging, you have the pieces to start stories. Don’t worry about the details regarding size proportions or colors. The kids will be more likely to access their imagination if they are allowed the freedom to make what interests them. You might end up with a flamingo pool float that is five times the size of a sun. That is okay. It makes for a great story. Here are some of the fun things we saw on our trip in Costa Rica.
Active Play with Clay Pieces
Leaf cutter ants were one of the favorite sightings in the rainforest on our day hikes.
These are the real ants in action.The night hike was filled with frogs and lizards so making them was a must.
Here is the lizard in the rainforest.
Here he is made from clay.
There were TONS of frogs in the forest. The red eyed tree frog and the glass frog were my favorites.
The little clay frog is pretty dang cute too.
Story Telling with Clay Pieces
When you get home, this might be a good addition. This printable (download FREE HERE) is a great tool for supporting the process. It is a great start for a written piece for older kids or an organizer for story telling.
Why to Use Sculpey Clay with Kids
Kids love clay. It is a great supply to use for so many reasons. Not only it is it fun, it also offers many developmental benefits to growing and learning. Here are a few.
- Clay encourages sensory development. The act of “playing” with clay is a multi-sensory hobby: touch, sight, smell—and even sound.
- Working with clay develops coordination and motor skills.
- It’s therapeutic and lessens anxiety.
- Molding with clay extends attention span.
- Playing and creating with clay builds imagination.
- Creating with clay boosts self-esteem.
Classroom Pack Clay Giveaway
I am excited to be partnering with Sculpey to give one lucky winner a classroom pack of Bake Shop clay! This would be great if you are a teacher or to use with a scout troop! Enter to win!
Yay for Clay! Yay for Learning through Play! Cheers to Kids that Make!