Often times the most difficult part of starting a story (whether for telling or writing) is coming up with the basics. By creating clay story starters, kids are offered a large variety of possibilities to support their creative thinking. To create this, you will only need one thing…Bake Shop clay.
Set a variety of colors out for your kids to use. Ask them sculpt items in the following three categories…Characters (People/Animals), Places (Indoor/Outdoor), and Time (Day/Night). Be sure to instruct them to make their creations SMALL enough to fit into a compartment in an egg carton. A few pieces that you want to be sure are in the final set (and you might have to make yourself) are: Sun, Moon, Tree, House, Girl, Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat
Once they are completed and you have baked them following the instructions in the packaging, you have the pieces to start stories. Don’t worry about the details regarding size proportions or colors. The kids will be more likely to access their imagination if they are allowed the freedom to make what interests them. You might end up with a mouse that is five times the size of a tree. That is okay. It makes for a great story.
This printable (download FREE HERE) is a great tool for supporting the process. It is a great start for a written piece for older kids or an organizer for story telling. Using clay in the classroom allows students to be participatory in the learning process. When students have ownership in the materials, they are more successful.