Skill level: 1
Time: About an hour depending on the size of the beads
ACTIVA White Activ-Clay (The number of children in the class will determine the amount of clay you will need, a 1 pound package cut in 24 pieces (cut down the center lengthwise, then 12 cuts width wise approx ½” apart, this will allow each child to make 5-6 beads depending on the size of the bead.
- Plastic lacing
- Key ring
- Round toothpick
- Acrylic paint- note to teacher, any colors are fine, spread the colors around the table.
- Paint brush
- Water basin
- Paper towels
STEP 1 Pinch off ½” pieces of clay and shape them into squares, circles, ovals, hearts or whatever shape you like.
STEP 2 Use the round toothpick to make a hole through each bead, make sure you twirl the toothpick around on the inside so that the hole is big enough for the lacing.
STEP 3 When the beads are dry (speed the drying process with a fan or hair dryer if necessary), paint with the acrylic paint. Dots are made with the round end of a paint brush.
STEP 4 Trade beads with all the kids in the class then string on lacing, make a key chain, bracelet or necklace.
Project Designer: Carolyn Stearns