Kids Craft: Animals

modelling clay snails

My kids have animals on the brain this holidays!

We’re collecting Aussie Animals cards from Woolworths and we took a little trip to Sydney to go to Taronga Zoo (among another things). They even discovered a blue tongue lizard in the yard yesterday!

So I should not have been surprised when they started to make animals. Yes, all by themselves, they decided to make animals with modelling clay. I had finally said “That’s it! No more electronic amusements – you’ve been on the computer/iPad/iPod/TV all day! It is time to do something else!”

So they found the clay and made a rainbow row of snails. Pretty, huh?

The tutorial according to Little Miss:

“It’s easy, Mum. Look I’ll show you!”

  • Roll a snake
  • Then curl it into a snail
  • And poke two eyes in the front.

Then they made a fennec fox and a crocodile. Clever kids!

crocodile from modelling clay

Tips for Modelling Clay Play

  • Set up a designated area so you don’t get clay all over the house.
  • Tools don’t have to be fancy – raid the kitchen drawers for skewers, toothpicks, kids knives, cookie cutters and so on. (Just make sure they all get a good wash afterwards.)
  • Make it easy for little hands by working the clay a little for them as they start to make it soft.
  • Offer suggestions when imagination lags – “How about a pond for the crocodile?” or “Does the snail need a leaf to sit on?”
  • Praise their creations – my kids love it when I take photos. (Sometimes we even text them to Grandma!)
  • Cleaning up at the end is part of the play – and washing hands really well.

fennec fox from modelling clay

 Note: The modelling clay my kids played with is what I call “plasticine”. You could do similar play with play dough or artists’ modelling clay.

Tonya Grant (288 Posts)

Tonya is the voice behind TheCraftyMummy.com. She dabbles in lots of different crafts – patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet and sewing. She also writes about blogging and social media.


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