Here's another simple clay project - a turtle - for younger children.
Flatten a ball of clay into a pancake. Young artists then
place on a paper towel on the floor and lightly impress the top
with multiple prints of their tennis shoes or sandals... most have
an interesting pattern, and have an extra pair available for those
that don't. Place the clay on top of a small ball of newspaper to
make the shell, and add feet, head and tail.