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Re: Clay Birds nests and birds for young ones


Date: Sat Mar 09 2002 - 12:03:57 PST

Suggestion: I went one step further with the bird and had kids poke holes
near the tail area and after firing inserted with a bit of elmers, some tiny
soft feathers. They loved them. So dainty and cute....a treasured
Kindergarten project....we made eggs too that the little mom sat on.

Also did a BIRD clay sculpture with 3rd graders. Quick project to help
understand the concept of FREE FORM SHAPES! Same idea as clay birds except
the have a fist full of clay and squeeze it into a funny shape...look at it
and imagine how they can make it into a KOO KOO Bird. I did the same thing
as above and had them poke deep holes and also had them use a dowel to poke
two LEG holes in the bottom. (I provided the diameter dowel needed so when
the clay shrinks during drying and firing, chopsticks from the local chinese
restaurant would be epoxied into the opening. You can also use a matt knife
to taper ends if needed. Kids had fun painting them crazy colors and adding
crazy feathers. Big Wiggly eyes were provided, recycled ping pong balls,
assorted sizes and colors of feathers, and found objects...old broken down
jewelry parts.....have the glue gun handy
Oh yeah...before doing the painting and finishing aspect.....I cut a 2 x 4
into blocks and drilled two holes in each at different angles so bird legs
(chopsticks) could be epoxied into the base block. Lots of fun SPRING
project and I even had them imitate what kind of CHIRP their KOO KOO BIRD
would have....teachers loved me for that one! Ha!
I would cut down the chopsticks to different sizes so all birdies were
different heights....of course the kids loved how funny they all looked.....
ART SHOW night debuted the birds with a big sign that says....BIRDS OF A
FEATHER FLOCKED TOGETHER by 3rd Grade Sculptors! 7 classes of these
things.................Stories accompanied their sculptures and they couldn't
wait to take them home....

Have fun..............spring is near! Marty