We have had a lot of sticks and pine cones right in our own back yard lately, so I thought it would be the perfect time for the kids to create something with them. This clay nature sculpture was a great process art experience for my kids. I think their sculptures looks like a snowy scene, but there is so much left open to the imagination with this one!
My goal was for this to be a process art activity, so I didn’t give my boys too many instructions. We simply gathered materials and then got to creating!
Making A Clay Nature Sculpture:
- Clay: Store-bought or home made both work well. I like to make clay with baking soda and cornstarch. Growing a Jeweled Rose has a great clay recipe for kids, which is very similar to how I make ours only I didn’t add food coloring for this project. It bright white result makes it looks like snow!
- Sticks and Pine Cones from the back yard
Notes on how the process went for us:
- I set out a ball of clay and a tray of our collected sticks and pine cones.
- Little Bro (age 2) went right to adding pine cones to the clay first, and then started adding sticks.
- I tried to watch and participate without telling him how he should do it. I did have to help him hold things together now and then, but he was mostly able to put this together on his own.
- He wanted to put clay on top of the sticks, which worked well to help add more sticks on top and hold everything together.
- We thought the clay on top looked like snow. Once he had the snow idea in mind, he started adding it to the top of everything. It would fall off and he’d find ways to make it stay on. There was a learning curve here, but he got it worked out!
- He wanted to use ALL of his sticks. There were more sticks than clay to hold! Next time I’ll make more clay.
- Little Bro was SO PROUD when he was finished. He even stood back and looked admired his work!
Here’s Little Bro’s finished clay nature sculpture:
And Here is Big Bro’s (4) finished art. He went a little more minimal with his:
This clay dries hard so we will be able to keep the sculptures around to admire for a bit. Depending on how sturdy they are after drying, they might work well for small world play as a winter scene. So fun!This clay nature sculpture is a great process art experience... Click To Tweet
See more process art clay activities here:
Snowy Scene Clay Nature Sculpture // To Be a Kid Again
3D Clay Christmas Tree // Adventures of Adam
Glitter Handprint Ornament // Arty Crafty Kids
Invitation to Create: Clay Mosaics // Views from a Step Stool
DIY Fingerprint Snowman Ornaments // Mum in the Mad House
Air Dry Clay Stars // Play and Learn Every Day
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