10 Minute Treasure Bowls with Air Dry Clay

10 Minute Treasure Bowls

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  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Small bowl (to use to shape the dish)
    • Butter knife or plastic knife
  • Things to buy: Schedule a remind 2 weeks before you want to do this activity to buy supplies
    • Air dry clay – I accidentally bought terra cotta, you can pick whatever color you want and if you use white your child can also paint this
    • Colorful pony beads
    • Sequin shapes
    • Variety of jewels – this variety pack was great because it gave us lots of options (and plenty to save for future projects)
    • Feel free to add any other decorative item that your child will like!

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Ideal Age Range:

This is a project that will be easier for older kids. Ideally 6+. Younger kids can help manipulate clay or decorate, but you will have to help them more. Toddlers can certainly play with the clay (and any appropriate embellishments) with your supervision.

Mess Factor:

Medium. If you have a cover on your table then clean up will be easy, but the terracotta clay color that I used did stain my table protector a little bit. Whatever you use to decorate will take a little time to gather back up and organize.

Prep Time:

Less than 5 minutes. Gather your supplies, no other prep is needed.


Active Instructions:

Roll your clay flat
  1. Work the clay (about a 1-2″ diameter ball) in your hands to soften it a little bit. Use a rolling pin to flatten it out. (Playdough tools work really well for this!)
  1. Take the flattened clay and place it lightly into your bowl, creating a bowl shape.
    • Remember here that this is just a project for your child and perfection is not the goal.
    • Smooth the clay out lightly so that it doesn’t stick to the edges of the bowl.
  1. Trim the edges of the bowl as much as your would like (you can also have kids scallop it like a pie crust).
  1. Use the beads, jewels and sequins that you have to decorate the treasure bowls however you like.
    • Have the kids press the embellishments in a little further than you think is necessary. As the clay dries it will push these things up a bit and things that are only lightly placed will fall off and not stay in the bowl.
  2. Place the bowl is a safe and sunny space. Look at your air dry clay for specific drying instructions, but it should take 2-3 days for it to completely dry.
    • After 1 day of trying, if the clay is set enough so that it won’t move when touched, then remove the clay from the bowl and place it on a mat or paper plate to finish drying.

Another idea for your clay:

Clay dinosaur egg

My son was really enjoying working with the clay, so he decided to make a dinosaur egg. Use a leftover Easter egg as the base, wrap the clay around the egg and smooth it out. Apply decorations wherever you would like.



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