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Easy Toddler Sculptures

Natural Kids: Easy Toddler Sculptures

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Easy Toddler Sculptures

This simple sculpture collage will keep even the littlest hands busy, but would be fun for older kids too. A basic salt dough is a blank canvas for anything your little artist can imagine.

The clay is easy to mix up, and you have everything in your kitchen already:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 3/4 cups warm water

Mix the flour, salt and water in a bowl. Knead for 5-10 minutes before modeling.
(Store extra in an airtight container.)

If using oven-safe items (aquarium rocks, pebbles, shells), your sculpture can be baked at 325 degrees for 1 hour. If using other items (drinking straws, feathers, leaves, Popsicle sticks, sticks or twigs), let the sculpture air dry for several days.

My son was barely 2 years old when we first tried this. We dug into our collection of rocks and shells to add to the sculpture, but the possibilities are endless.









You can add a hook to the finished product for hanging. For a shiny finish, you might brush the sculpture with an egg wash before baking.

At 2 years old, this craft was all about feeling and exploring. But I would imagine that an older child could create all kinds of things with this: a sculpture of your family, a dream house, a magical landscape...

Use found items in nature or recycle things from around the house. What about cookie cutters? Hand (or foot) print keepsakes... A free-form sculpture for dad for Father's Day... I'm sure your little ones can dream up something fantastic!

- Amanda of Just Hatched

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6 Comments:

Blogger SewnNatural said...

fabulous tutorial, such a great idea & love the photos. thanks for sharing!

May 26, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous The Magic Onions said...

Wonderful craft - what a great idea for a Father's Day Sculpture! Thanks so much for sharing!!
Blessings and magic,
Donni - Fairyfolk

May 26, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Stephen, Shanelle, and Sean said...

I love this idea- I wish my toddler would sit for 5 minutes to try this activity- :) maybe when he is 3.

May 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger mrsbeccijo said...

He looked like he was having so much fun!
Loved the rocks!
Beccijo
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theenchantedcupboard

May 26, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Replica Watches said...

Impressive effort by the kids but i am not getting the idea that what they want to make.

May 27, 2010 at 5:09 AM  
Blogger Mama Ruck said...

My son and I just finished making a handprint for Daddy and painting stars for arriving baby from this same clay. We had the most fun making it together, using the rollers and making tracks with his animals.

May 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

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