I agree with Michal. I always do pinch pots w/ kinders, pinch pots with
extensions (short vases really) with 1st and push/pull animals (all made
from 1 piece of clay-no add on's allowed) with 2nd and 3rd. I ALWAYS dry
the projects at least 2 sometimes 3 weeks, way longer than any other
teachers I know but I have never had a lower elem project blow up in the
kiln so maybe this is the reason. I also always use new clay for this age
group and save the reclaimed clay for 5th grade and up (because they can
From: M. Austin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:15 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] K-3 Clay use and projects
When I do clay with younger students I keep the projects very simple. A clay
pinch pot with patterns drawn on is one of my favorite. Make sure you let
the projects sit a week or two to make sure they are 100% dray before you
fire them. Also, I don't let my students make anything thick, or attach
parts at this age, since they really can't control the trapped air issue.
Also, I usually make 2-3 extra projects for those whose projects break so
they have something to paint (although with 10 broken projects this wouldn't
have done you any good).
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> Once again I opened the kiln today and found about 10
> 1st grade projects broken! Ugh! :(
> Does anyone have any suggestions about working with
> clay and the kinder-artists? How do you go about
> wedging the clay, etc. I would also love to hear
> about some great projects for this age.
> I love clay but it can be so frustrating, messy, and
> a lot of work on my part. How can it be easier??