Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Little Pumpkins Made of Clay

The crisp cool air of autumn is upon us and the pumpkins are showing up in grocery stores and pumpkin patches. You can make a fun set of little pumpkins to get a jump on jack-o-lantern carving. Try this simple clay project with your kids.

Clay (stoneware, terracotta or a non-hardening modeling clay will work)
Pencil, wooden skewer or pointy ended toothpick for carving in the clay

1. Roll 5 small balls of clay. They don't need to be the same size but each should be no bigger than a ping pong ball. Shape each one a little differently.
2. With the pointy end of your pencil or other tool make grooves down the sides of each of your pumpkin.  
3. Add a stem by making a small hole in the top of your pumpkin and rolling a small piece of clay to form a stem. You can also leave a hole in the top and insert a small twig in the hole after it is fired.
4. Adding the face is the fun part! Using your pencil or other tool poke holes in your pumpkin to make your face.  You can do lots of experimenting carving the faces. Try out different styles of eyes, scary teeth or a goofy smile.

Remember clay is forgiving. You can always just smooth over and start all over again. Great practice for Halloween!

We're sharing this on Skip to My Lou's Link Up today. Be sure to check out all the fun projects there!

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