Made these donut polymer clay charms with my kids during playtime. Instead of using ordinary clay, I allowed my kids to use my polymer clay. The difference is that after forming a figure, we can bake what they’ve made and they can then use their creations as toys (If you don’t want to bake, you can use the air dry clay).
My kids have made burgers, eggs, donuts, hotdogs, flowers, etc. and used them as toys in their ‘mini restaurant’. So they are literally making their own toys. =) Last time, we made Baymax Polymer Clay.
Advantages of using polymer clay for toddlers:
- Not messy at all
- Not sticky like the ordinary clay for kids
- Easy to mold and remove from the mold
- The finished product can actually be a toy. (If you don’t want to bake, use the air dry clay)
- I can also make my own polymer accessories while they are busy making their own figures.
These charms can be used for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, keychains, and other accessories you might want some charms on.
- I still let my kids use Play dough of course. There are times, they like using play dough, but when I say it’s time for “polymer clay” they just get really excited.
Other things you can incorporate while doing this activity with kids:
- Choose a category. You can choose to make fruits, shapes, clothing, things used in school, things seen in the house, etc. This will make it easier for the kids to think of what they want to create next.
- Introduce new vocabulary words. You can show pictures or samples of polymer clay creations from Pinterest to your kids. If you are showing pictures of vegetable polymer clays, look for some veggies that you know are new to them.
- Extend the use of clays/ toys. Like any other toys, don’t stop at just making them (or buying toys), be sure to give idea on how to use it in real life. In this case, since we made something related to food, the kids acted as chefs and restaurant owners or waiters and used the clays they’ve made.
- Introduce conversations. Here, the start of conversations used in restaurants, even the vocabulary words for cooking can be introduced. They’ve also learned some utensils used in the kitchen as they played.
If you are in Jeddah, you can purchase polymer clay and other art supplies from CLAY ART OF JEDDAH’s Facebook page.
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