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Re: clay


From: Sid Miller (sidmill_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 01 2003 - 11:54:41 PST

> Thought I should report on the Chia experience....the kids used terracotta
> clay, bisquefired. They made cool little animals--important to remind them
> to keep the hole for the water at the top of the piece--and of course, they
> have to be able to hold water. We discovered through trial and error that if
> you buy Chia seeds at the health food store and soak them for a day or two
> they will form a gel-like surroundings. This is brushed on the pet (students
> should make some scratch design where they want the seeds to stick). We then
> put them in a bowl up to the seed level and kept the water reservoir full and
> put a plastic bag over the top to increase moisture content. They sprouted
> in a week. The kids were so excited--and these are mostly h.s. seniors. It
> was a fun project and I would really recommend it. Sid