I was in a similar situation!!! I found that I used the buttons, beads etc
for masks, collages, puppets, etc...also you don't have to use it all up this
year. As for the oil based clay, I use it for kindergarten and first grade
to build skill with clay. As an extension, after the students have finished
their lesson, they get to work with the clay. Then, at the end of class, we
have an "art museum" (a spare table or newspaper on the floor) Any one who
wants to put his/her clay piece is the museum is welcome. Then one table at
a time, the students get to come to the museum and look at each other's work.
They love it...also it makes them able to leave the clay in the class room.
I tell them this is practice clay and it stays in the art room. I have tons
of it..when it gets all mixed up, I just throw it out and pull out some
fresh. This is great for the first few weeks of school as the students are
able to work for longer periods of time on their art work.
I also used the clay as a "frog" for seasonal arrangements.
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