Craft ideas for kids: 5 fantastic air-drying clay projects (and some fun-day photos!)

Pickle discovered air-drying clay at our local family fun day and loved it!
Here’s my top 5 projects, plus a link to the best home-made GLOW IN THE DARK modelling clay.

A couple of weeks ago, we went along to a local family fun day.  Pickle’s favourite activity was air-drying clay.  He made a little ‘nest’ and some eggs to go inside it.  The great thing about air-dry clay is that you can paint it while it’s wet, so no hanging about for impatient toddlers!

Family Fun Day (plus some craft ideas for kids)!

If you want to have a go with air-drying clay, Growing a Jewelled Rose has a very simple recipe and also one for glow-in-the-dark clay!
We want to try these craft ideas for kids using air-drying clay next…

1. Autumn leaves
Using real leaves to make imprints, these Thanksgiving decorations make great gifts and help to teach children about seasons and colour mixing.  Find the full tutorial at momtrusted.

autumn leaf decorations

2. DIY pottery ideas
Gorgeous pots and vases, ideas and how-to from What Katie Does.


3. Super cute owls
Using just a disc of clay, a marker cap and a butter knife, or lolly stick, this step-by-step tutorial from Creative Learning is fantastic!

Clay owl

4. Gift tags
Perfect for Christmas, Valentines’ Day, or a wedding, these gorgeous gift tags are made using cookie cutters.  Find the full tutorial at Buckets of Burlap.

gift tags

5. Dinosaur fossil footprints
I love this idea from Mom In Chapel Hill, using toy dinosaurs to make fossil footprints in the clay.

dinosaur fossil footprints

Here are a few more photos from the fun day, including Pickle’s painted hand, his beautiful friend Twinkle Toes’ butterfly face and Chops enjoying a bit of free-style art (there was also badge-making, biscuit-decorating, drumming, hula-hooping and a bouncy castle)!

Family Fun Day (plus some craft ideas for kids)!

Psst…  Like this?  You might also enjoy Play-doh with diggers!

'Craft ideas for kids: 5 fantastic air-drying clay projects (and some fun-day photos!)' have 2 comments

  1. August 30, 2013 @ 7:25 pm hurrahforgin

    Love these ideas 🙂


  2. August 30, 2013 @ 10:36 pm Hodge Podge

    Aww, thanks Katie! 😀


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