Clay Lab for Kids

Clay Lab for Kids by Cassie Stephens

52 Projects to Make, Model, and Mold with Air-Dry, Polymer, and Homemade Clay

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592706
Publisher: Quarry Books
Series: Lab Series
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Come get your hands dirty! Clay Lab for Kids features 52 hands-on projects made with clay, all of which get kids working creatively, and thinking three dimensionally. 

Clay Lab for Kids, a new addition to Quarry's Lab series, focuses on kid-friendly clays--air-dry, homemade, and polymer--that are safe and easy to use at home or in the classroom; no kiln required.

Nashville art teacher Cassie Stephens makes clay a focus of her classes with amazing results. In Clay Lab for Kids, she continues her creative explorations with 52 hands-on projects ranging from 2-D monster magnets and coats of arms, to 3-D bobble-head dolls, Day of the Dead skulls, animal friends, marionettes, and treasure boxes. 

You may not think it, but this is an extremely important crafting medium. When creating with clay, kids are introduced to a wide range of cognitive and manual skills: they'll work three-dimensionally; make figurative models; use their imaginations in making jewelry and toys; design with color; and decorate with paints.

Cassie Stephens lives in Nashville and teaches art at Franklin Special School District. She posts about the creative and fun projects she does with her students at "In the Artroom" on

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592706
Series: Lab Series
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 8.5 in / 215.9 mm x 215.9 mm
Unit One: Creating with Kids and Clay
How This Book is Organized
Basic Supplies
Variety of Clays
Basic Tips
Glossary of Clay Terms
Clean up and Caring
Unit Two: Air Dry Clays and Learning the Basics
Lab 1: Shoe Stamped Pottery
Lab 2: Coffee and a Donut
Lab 3: Textured Landscape Plaque
Lab 4: Cupcake Containers
Lab 5: Stack of Pancakes
Lab 6: Coil Press Pot
Lab 7: Monogramed Wall Hanging
Lab 8: Dropped Cone Sculpture
Lab 9: Wax Resist Leaf Dish
Lab 10: Line Relief Pencil Cup
Lab 11: Hamburger Holder
Unit Three: Clay Sculpture
Lab 12: A Clay Coat of Arms
Lab 13: Pie Safe
Lab 14: Egyptian Sarcophagus
Lab 15: Magical Forest Friend Door
Lab 16: Miniature Cacti Garden
Lab 17: Garden Gnome Home
Lab 18: Bobble Head Pets
Lab 19: Castle on a Hill
Lab 20: Crayon and Pencil Project
Lab 21: Woodland Creature Portraits
Lab 22: Viking Ships
Lab 23: Marionette Puppets
Lab 24: Animals Masquerade Masks
Unit Four: Polymer Clay and Learning the Basics
Lab 25: Glittery Geodes
Lab 26: Color Mixing Clock
Lab 27: Fun Fortune Cookies
Lab 28: Light Up Lightning Bugs
Lab 29: All About Me Mobile
Unit Five: Polymer Clay Sculpture
Lab 30: Tie Die Turtles
Lab 31: Miniature Accordion Books
Lab 32: Sushi for Supper
Lab 33: Glitter Bugs
Lab 34: Monster Face Magnets
Lab 36: Back Pack Charms
Lab 37: Game Pieces and Dice for Your Own Game
Lab 38: Let Your Light Shine Night Light
Lab 39: Funky Faux-saic
Lab 40: Desktop Dinos
Unit Six: Making My Own Clays
Lab 41: Simple No-Cook Clay
Lab 42: Stamped Clay Ornaments
Lab 43: Scented Clay Acorns
Lab 44: Kool Aid Play Dough
Lab 45: Kool Aid Clay Popsicles
Lab 46: Jurassic Fossils with Sand Clay
Lab 47: Glitter Clay Beads
Lab 48: Make Your Own Silly Putty
Lab 49: Salt Dough Rose Sculpture
Lab 50: Salt Dough Bird Sculpture
Lab 51: Salt Dough Texture Fish
Lab 52: Candy Clay
“Clay is a mainstay of art media for kids, and here an art teacher provides projects and techniques for a variety of clays. Air-dry clays, polymer clay, and homemade clays are all featured here, along with paints and sealers…Recipes for make-it-yourself clays include salt dough, clay dough, Silly Putty, and candy clay and are designed to be simple enough for kid participation. Throughout, Stephens encourages kid sculptors to be creative and to keep in mind the science behind the art.” — Anne Heidemann, Booklist Online
"Ideal for families looking for artistic activities, as well as teachers and caregivers interested in introducing clay to children ages five and up.” – Heather Halliday for Library Journal